5 big indicators of a successful season for the Vikings in 2022

(Photo by Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports) Dalvin Cook
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Dalvin Cook rushes for at least 1,500 yards

A major key to the Rams’ success over the years has been their ability to establish the run. Both the Rams and the Vikings had a 61/39 pass/run ratio last season, yet Minnesota was deemed as “run first” and Los Angeles as “pass first” by many people.

This was largely in part due to the success Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp had in 2021, but it was also due to the creativity in which Los Angeles runs their offense.

Jet motions, screens, and play action are all staples of Rams head coach Sean McVay’s offense that cause confusion for the defense and have been absent in Minnesota for the past several years.

Adding those creative wrinkles will provide justice for Dalvin Cook, who has taken more handoffs when everyone on the field knows he is going to get the ball than Vikings fans care to reminisce.

Getting Cook to eclipse the 1,500-yard mark for the second time in his career would prove that Minnesota’s offense was firing on all cylinders this season, and it would provide fans with big expectations for Kevin O’Connell’s offense in year two.