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Minnesota leads the NFL in Yards Per Play

Which NFL team leads the league in yards per play? Surely, it’s a squad led by Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, or Russell Wilson, right? Incorrect.

The Dalvin Cook and Kirk Cousins-led Minnesota Vikings lead the NFL in this metric (6.5 yards per play). Wipe that smile off your face — the Vikings gain more yards per play than any other team. This can be chiefly ascribed to Dalvin Cook’s yards per carry. Yet, when the Vikings throw the football, they are also No. 1 in yards per pass.

You can giggle at it until you reach a laughing fit, but this Vikings offense is more than just efficient. It’s a big-play offense. The problem has been that losing makes explosive offensive plays feel irrelevant.

Now that the productivity of the defense is catching up to the offense, Minnesota is winning ballgames. And all of that is because of the offense consistently gains large chunks of yardage.

Tip your hat to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.