5 biggest takeaways from Vikings vs. Seahawks in Week 3

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No Dalvin? No problem!

Coming into this game, expectations were high for Dalvin Cook. Seattle was coming off a game where they gave up 212 yards on the ground to the Titans and this was going to be a game where one of the most dynamic running backs in the league was going to feast.

Sadly, that couldn’t happen. Cook’s ankle injury proved to be too much for him to suit up on Sunday. This left Alexander Mattison and Ameer Abdullah with the big task of producing in the Minnesota Vikings run game.

The duo was up to the challenge. Mattison led the way with 112 yards on 26 carries, averaging 4.3 yards per attempt. Meanwhile, Abdullah changed up the pace on five carries, picking up 24 yards for an average of 4.8 yards per rushing attempt.

Not only that, but Minnesota is due to get rookie running back Kene Nwangwu back from injured reserve soon. This will only bolster what should be considered one of the best running back groups in the NFL.