Former Seminole, Dalvin Cook, made his first NFL debut Sunday night and just like his performance for the Noles, the new Viking did not cease to amaze.
Cook traded in his garnet 4 for a purple 33 in the next level.
Taking on comparisons to former Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson, was no distraction for the rookie that rushed for 127 yards on 22 carries, surpassing AP’s rookie year record of 103 yards for 19 carries in 2007.
Cook’s final 33-yard run secured the Vikings 29-19 victory over the New Orleans Saints, allowing the victory position to close out the matchup. The whole night featured an explosive Vikings offense. Sam Bradford was 27 of 32 for 346 yards and three touchdowns, two of those credited to Vikings wide receiver, Stefon Diggs.
Diggs expressed that the whole team has “a lot of confidence” in Dalvin Cook. Confidence that allowed Cook to have a record-breaking debut under his belt.
But let’s not forget about Viking great, AP.
Peterson did suit up, over a decade after his September 9 debut, this time in black and gold instead of purple and white. The veteran running back saw only 6 carries for 18 yards and did not seem to be happy with his playing time. A night advertised for Peterson’s Saints debut and Minnesota homecoming quickly turned into what appeared to be an awkward encounter with an ex for Peterson.
The only thing stopping Cook from a flawless performance was a bobble in his passing game. A minor adjustment that could easily make him one of the best running backs in the league.
In an impressive performance, Cook is proving his first-round draft pick abilities even though the Vikings took him in the second, a stock that dropped due to alleged off field concerns. DC4 has moved on and gave the Vikings a 100-plus yard performance, something that was only done once last year.
“For his first game as a rookie I should be more surprised by that, but I’m probably not because of how talented I think he is and because what we’ve all seen from him since he got here,” quarterback, Sam Bradford said.
Seminole fans aren’t surprised either, Cook has proven over and over he deserves to be one of the greatest and this is only the beginning for the young Nole in the Pros.
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