5 nightmare scenarios for the Minnesota Vikings in 2022

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Dalvin Cook misses significant time

The Vikings will likely have a more diverse offensive scheme in 2022 with Kevin O’Connell at the helm. He is a disciple of Sean McVay’s and will already be scheming up ways he can get the most out of some exceptional talent at his disposal in different surroundings.

It would be a big surprise if O’Connell and the Vikings didn’t continue to lean on Dalvin Cook heavily. The running back is one of the best in the business and is going to be a key component behind any accomplishments that come Minnesota’s way next season.

Cook is gradually progressing his pass-catching skills and his ability to generate substantial yards out of the backfield is renowned. Even though the Vikings possess Alexander Mattison as a capable backup option, losing the Florida State product to injury over a considerable spell of games would be disastrous to Minnesota’s chances of making the postseason.

The former second-round pick has never completed a full campaign. Cook missed three games last time around and there’s just no telling how things would have gone had he been able to suit up for those particular contests.

Maximizing Cook’s production at the peak of his powers would be highly beneficial for the new coaching staff. However, they must also be wary of putting too much strain on the player no matter how many touches he demands.