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Dalvin Cook off to strong start vs. Saints

Dalvin Cook’s rushing attack has powered Minnesota to a 13-10 lead over New Orleans at the break.

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook looks on during warm ups before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Chuck Cook -USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook returned from a two-week hiatus against the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round on Sunday and has performed well against against one of the NFL’s more talented run stoppers. Cook has tallied 84 rushing yards and a score on 16 carries and added 19 receiving yards.

New Orleans hasn’t given up more than 100 rushing yards to one player since Samaje Perine totaled 117 yards on the ground with Washington in 2017. Cook is on track to have one of the better running back showings against the Saints this year.

Kirk Cousins has gone 10-of-16 throwing in the first half but hasn’t been able to find much success downfield. He has 108 passing yards and appears to be taking a backseat to Cook, who has powered Minnesota to a 13-10 lead at the break.