4 bold predictions for the rest of the Vikings 2020 season

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Cook wins the rushing title

Prior to the start of the regular season, the Vikings decided to reward Dalvin Cook with a lucrative five-year contract extension worth up to $63 million.

Immediately, the critics came out of their holes to let Minnesota know about their thoughts on the team’s decision to pay a running back. So far, it’s incredibly safe to say that the Vikings made the right choice.

In nine games this season, Cook has rushed for 1,069 yards and 13 touchdowns. No player in the NFL has found the end zone more than the Minnesota running back this year, but his rushing total is actually only the second-most in the league after the first 11 weeks.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry is currently leading the NFL with 1,079 rushing yards. Simple math tells us that Cook is only 10 yards behind Henry right now and with six games still left to play, it’s hard to imagine the Vikings running back not emerging as this year’s rushing champion.

The battle between Cook and Henry is something that will probably last until the very last week of the season since the Titans running back is on pace to finish with 1,726 rushing yards while Cook’s current pace has him ending up with 1,782 rushing yards.

If Minnesota’s dynamic rusher can remain healthy during the team’s final six games of the year, then he will become the first Vikings running back not named Adrian Peterson to win the NFL’s rushing title.