Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but people are starting to realize that Dalvin Cook is really, really good.
The National Football League announced on Wednesday morning that the Minnesota Vikings’ star running back has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Vikings’ 28-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.
Cook led the Vikings in both rushing and receiving on Sunday night. He carried the ball 26 times for 97 yards and a touchdown, and also collected 86 yards on seven receptions. The Cowboys had no answer for Cook all night. . .but, in their defense, most of the Vikings’ other opponents haven’t had an answer for him, either.
This is the second time in his career that Cook has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. The first time was in Week 15 of last season when he ran wild against the Miami Dolphins at U.S. Bank Stadium.
As Eric pointed out on Twitter, this is the 21st time in the Mike Zimmer era that a Vikings’ player has been recognized with a weekly award. He was kind enough to provide the entire list for your reading pleasure.
Dalvin Cook has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week! It's his second career POTW award and the 21st time a #Vikings player has won POTW honors since Mike Zimmer took over in 2014. pic.twitter.com/RzYoPDfujq— Eric Thompson (@eric_j_thompson) November 13, 2019
If you’re scoring at home, that’s eleven Defensive Players of the Week, six Special Teams Players of the Week, and four Offensive Players of the Week. Interestingly, Adam Thielen has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week more times than he’s been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Congratulations to Dalvin Cook on being named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 10! Here’s hoping it isn’t the last one that he (or any other member of the Vikings) receives this season.