The New York Jets catch a break with the latest injury update from the Minnesota Vikings. The team has ruled out Dalvin Cook for Sunday.
If the New York Jets hope to win their third straight game, they’ll have to do it against one of the most talented teams in the NFL. But it appears the Minnesota Vikings won’t have all their tools in the chest, star running back Dalvin Cook has already been ruled out.
The #Jets will not have to face Dalvin Cook on Sunday when the #Skol come to town, he has been ruled out by the team. Which means local New York product (Onondaga) @LataviusM will get the start on Sunday. #Vikings
— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) October 19, 2018
Cook has only managed to play in three games this season totaling: 36 carries for 98 yards and a 2.7 yards per clip average. To say he’s been ineffective would be a massive understatement.
A troublesome hamstring has hamstrung the Vikings in what they’d like to do in theory offensively, run the ball. So the Vikings have adapted into a different kind of team with Kirk Cousins at the helm in 2018.
Cousins, since signing that three-year $87 million fully guaranteed deal, has been money. A career high in completion percentage (71.2 percent), a career high in touchdown to interception ratio thus far (4:1), and a career-high quarterback rating (102.7) so far this season.
A top-10 passing attack didn’t seem to be the intent of this Vikings team coming into the season. But that is what has happened with the injuries this team has suffered.
Which means that local New York product Latavius Murray out of Onondaga will be tasked with stepping up to the plate at running back. And step up to the plate he did last week to the tune of 24 carries for 155 yards and a touchdown.
So long story short, there will be no rest for the weary. The Jets are in the middle of the pack at stopping the run (16th best in the NFL), but with two of their top three corners out in Trumaine Johnson and Buster Skrine, this is going to be arguably the biggest challenge of the season for this talented, albeit young, Jets defense in both the run and the pass.