Minnesota Vikings are in trouble if they are without Dalvin Cook

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The Minnesota Vikings are in a boatload of trouble if Dalvin Cook is out for an extended period of time.

The game was lost by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis, but a much bigger loss might have occurred during the game. Dalvin Cook went down with an apparent knee injury during the third quarter of the game.

Cook took a handoff in the second half and fumbled the ball, but before the rookie even hit the ground he was already reaching for his knee. Cook walked off under his own power, but the Vikings are still quite concerned about Cook’s left knee.

Cook scored the only touchdown in the Vikings 14-7 loss and had 66 yards rushing on 13 carries when he went out with the injury. The run game didn’t do much after Cook after the game.

The Vikings are in big trouble if Cook is out for an extended period of time. Minnesota is already trying to push their way through the injury to starting quarterback Sam Bradford, but losing their starting running back in addition would put a huge hamper on the team’s offensive capabilities.

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It’s been a struggle the way it is without Bradford. The Vikings perfect offensive plan was shown in the Week One game against the New Orleans Saints. Bradford’s passing game opened the running game wide open for Cook to take advantage of. That hasn’t been happening too much since Bradford’s departure.

With Case Keenum at the helm now, well, the Viking have enough trouble on their hands. It was a nice option to be able to hand the ball off to Cook and let him shine. If Cook and Bradford are still out, this might force Keenum to force to throw the ball more. That’s not good for anybody.

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Cook looked like he was running his way to a Rookie of the Year award, but without him and Bradford the Vikings might be running on ice.