3 reasons the Vikings will beat the Cardinals in Week 2

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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Dalvin Cook is ready to go

Arizona allowed 125.5 rushing yards per game in 2020 but held their Week 1 opponent, the Tennessee Titans, to only 86 total rushing yards. To make matters look worse, 2020 rushing champion Derrick Henry was held to only 58 yards on 17 carries.

Last week, Dalvin Cook ran the ball 20 times against the Bengals and only managed to gain 61 yards on the ground. He had a touchdown and a fumble on the day, but spoke about hoping to get the bad taste of Week 1 out of his mouth.

A focused Dalvin Cook is exactly when the Vikings need to have a chance of walking out of Arizona with a win. They will need to run the ball effectively as well as use Cook as a receiver out of the backfield in order to keep pace with Arizona and win the time of possession.

Cook had 104 combined yards between his rushing and receiving in Week 1 and if the game doesn’t get out of hand early, “The Chef” should crush those numbers and give Kirk Cousins the ability to use play action to put a lot of points on the board.