Asked about his confidence level in going with a run on third down and with such little time on the clock, Zimmer said, “They’ve got a good defensive front. They play hard. They have some very good players, they’ve got an extra guy in the box almost every single play. I don’t know how much confidence we had in it, but I always have confidence when Dalvin or [Alexander Mattison] has got the ball.”
Cook was just glad to help stack another win.
“It wasn’t as pretty … it was a short week but we got it done, that’s the most important thing,” Cook said. “Wearing on those guys and imposing our will … it’s old-school football. Run it down their throats and keep them on the field.”
Cook just missed out on his sixth 100-yard game of the season, but he leads the NFL with 823 rushing yards.
He also has nine rushing touchdowns, which ties the franchise record for most rushing scores through the first eight games of any season.
Zimmer appreciates what Cook brings to the offense.
“Dalvin’s a great player. He can do pretty much anything he needs to do,” Zimmer said. “We thought we had an opportunity to get some screens in against them tonight and that showed up quite a few times.
“And Dalvin made some great runs,” Zimmer added.
Cook can now rest up until Minnesota’s Week 9 road game against Kansas City. With the Vikings at 6-2 and in the thick of the NFC playoff race, you can bet they will turn to one of the league’s top running backs in the second half of the 2019 season.
“If my number gets called,” Cook said. “I’m going to deliver.”