Vikings maul the Lions for an easy home victory in Week 9

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook /

The Minnesota Vikings earned their first home victory of the 2020 season on Sunday with a win over the Detroit Lions.

Matchups against a divisional opponent are typically some of a team’s closest games of a season. On Sunday, however, the Minnesota Vikings made it look incredibly easy during their win over fellow NFC North member, the Detroit Lions.

The Vikings stormed out to a 13-0 lead early in the first half against the Lions and Minnesota never looked back. When the final whistle blew, the Vikings left the field with a 34-20 victory over Detroit.

Believe it or not, Sunday’s win was actually Minnesota’s first inside U.S. Bank Stadium this season. With the victory, the Vikings are now 3-5 this year and they will be looking to extend their win streak to three in a row next week.

Dalvin Cook continues to carry the Minnesota Vikings to success

There are few words to describe the performance of Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook this season other than just flat-out amazing.

A week after gaining over 200 total yards against the Green Bay Packers, Cook put together another extremely impressive performance during the Vikings win over the Lions. Minnesota’s running back finished with 252 total yards (206 rushing, 46 receiving) and two touchdowns on 24 touches.

So far this season, Cook is playing at a level that Minnesota fans haven’t seen from a running back since Adrian Peterson‘s MVP campaign in 2012.

In addition to Cook’s performance, the Vikings got another efficient day from Kirk Cousins for the second-straight week, a solid afternoon from Irv Smith Jr., and a great performance from a defense that was able to force three turnovers.

Following their bye, Minnesota has won two games in a row and they look like a team that can potentially get themselves back into the playoff race.

The Vikings will look to continue their winning streak next week when they head out on the road for a Monday night showdown against the Chicago Bears.