5 biggest gifts of the Minnesota Vikings 2020 season

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Dalvin Cook – RB

There was hope that Dalvin Cook could stay healthy and be the focal point of the Vikings offense this season. But not many predicted he’d be playing at an MVP level, and that has been one of the best presents Minnesota could’ve asked for this year.

Cook has been what makes the Vikings offense go and he was on a historic pace earlier in the season. Cook had a four-game stretch where he ran for nearly 600 yards. Minnesota won three of these contests and got themselves right back in the playoff hunt.

This year, Cook has only had five games in which he hasn’t broken that 100-yard mark on the ground, and a few of those happened because he missed carries due to some minor injuries.

The guy is just so fast, tough, and explosive. All he needs is a tiny seam to slip through and he turns on the jets for a big gain. He is also extremely quick to the outside and he can get the edge before any linebacker or corner can get close to tackling him or cutting him off.

Cook is going to end the season very close to, if not over, 1,700 rushing yards. He should finish with nearly 20 touchdowns and that kind of production has been one of the best gifts the Vikings have received this year.