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EAGAN Womens Ameer Abdullah Jersey , Minn. — Dalvin Cook‘s rush through the left side of the line for 70 yards last week was the longest gain of his professional career, an early game boost for the Minnesota Vikings in an important victory over Detroit before their bye.More Vikings coverageVikings’ Kearse faces gun, drunken driving charges after arrestVikings’ Kearse apologizes, returns to work after weekend arrestPhotos of the Week: 10/20/19 – 10/26/19That was the type of big running play that has been missing in most of Minnesota’s games this year, a 22.05 mph burst that was clocked by the NFL’s Next Gen Stats as the fastest in the league in 2018.That also demonstrated what the Vikings will need more of down the stretch with a daunting schedule ahead.Cook’s return from a hamstring injury that kept him out of five games was one of the most important developments of the season."When you go to the zoo and you want to see a white tiger and they say, ‘He’s not coming out today, you’re disappointed and you’re like, ‘That’s why I bought the ticket, to see the white tiger,” quarterback Kirk Cousins said after the Vikings beat the Lions 24-9 on Nov. 4. "That’s Dalvin. When you get him, he’s special.”Though Latavius Murray has 439 total yards and five touchdowns over the past five games, Cook’s return will be vital toward continuing the revival of a running game that ranks 28th in the league with an average of 91.7 yards per game.The Vikings (5-3-1) play at NFC North-leading Chicago (6-3) on Sunday night in a game for control of the division. That’s one of three games over the next four for the Vikings that will be on the road and outdoors in northern cities."I do think with some of these games as it starts to get colder, it is going to be more of a factor,” coach Mike Zimmer said. "I think we’re getting better at a lot of the areas in the running game. We have to continue searching for more ways to pound the ball.”When Cook was healthy in the season opener against San Francisco, the Vikings had 116 rushing yards. They then went four straight games with fewer than 20 rushing attempts and 77 rushing yards or fewer Marcus Epps Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , until Murray produced a 155-yard performance on 24 carries in a victory over Arizona on Oct. 14 .Cook and Murray combined for 120 rushing yards against the Lions. The Vikings have averaged 124 rushing yards over the past four games, up from 65.8 yards per game on the ground over the first five weeks."He has got a chance to hit home runs,” Zimmer said of Cook. "I think it was really good for him to get out there and get some game time action. When you haven’t played in six weeks and you haven’t practiced all that much, I think he will continue to get better.”The Vikings also claimed running back Ameer Abdullah last week after he was waived by the Lions. Abdullah, a second-round draft pick in 2015, only appeared in three games this year and carried the ball once. He averaged 3.8 yards per attempt in three seasons as the primary ball carrier, when he wasn’t injured, before being replaced by rookie Kerryon Johnson this season."I’m entering a backfield with a lot of talent, Dalvin, we have Latavius and all the guys who’ve been here,” Abdullah said after practice on Monday. "Just coming in today and seeing these guys welcome me the way they have has been amazing for me. It does a lot for my confidence. It does a lot for my focus.”Abdullah will also be an option as a kickoff returner."I’m ready to work,” he said. "Anything the Vikings ask me to do, I’m willing to do just because I’m so appreciative of the opportunity.” GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As the Packers look to end their road futility, coach Mike McCarthy would like to see another turn of events transpire when they play the rival Minnesota Vikings in prime time on Sunday."We definitely need turnovers Minnesota Vikings Jerseys 2019 ,” McCarthy said Friday. "That’s always been a staple of our success here, and Sunday night will hopefully be that game.”Easier said than done, however.Not only is Green Bay’s playoff hopes teetering because of an 0-5 record away from Lambeau Field, but its defense is struggling to take away the football."We need that,” veteran linebacker Clay Matthews said. "I think we’ve played really good defense. It’s just that the turnovers haven’t really been in our favor.”The Packers (4-5-1) rank among the NFL’s best this season defending the pass, bolstered by 34 sacks, but they are near the bottom with only 12 takeaways. Just six of those have been interceptions – three by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who’s no longer on the Packers.It’s been that type of head-scratching season in Green Bay."It’s tough, man,” said veteran defensive back Tramon Williams. "Out of the sacks, the big plays haven’t been coming, the ill-advised throws haven’t been coming. We’ve just kind of been getting sacks, and that’s it, not making a big-impact play off it.”Not helping matters is a Packers secondary that has been shuffled by roster turnover and injuries for most of the season."We’ve still got guys who are very capable of getting the job done,” asserted Williams Trae Waynes Jersey , who switched from cornerback to safety three games ago after the Packers sent Clinton-Dix to Washington in a surprising midseason trade.Just who will line up with Williams on the back end of Green Bay’s defense against the Vikings’ dangerous passing game is uncertain.The Packers have four defensive backs on the injury report. Starting safety Kentrell Brice, who missed Green Bay’s last game with an ankle injury, and cornerbacks Kevin King (hamstring) and Bashaud Breeland (groin) are all questionable to play Sunday."As I tell the staff, as the injuries pile up and we’re continuing to have to juggle, I say, ‘Check the mail. There’s not going to be any sympathy cards from around the league,'” first-year Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said.Especially from the Vikings (5-4-1), who are just ahead of Green Bay in second place in the NFC North and have the league’s most prolific pass-catching tandem with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.The Packers had only one takeaway – an interception by Clinton-Dix – as the combination of quarterback Kirk Cousins (425 passing yards, four touchdowns), Thielen and Diggs rallied Minnesota from a late 13-point deficit to a 29-29 tie at Green Bay in Week 2.What remains of Green Bay’s secondary hopes to flip the script in the rematch. Indicative of their struggles on the road, the Packers have forced just two turnovers in those five games."We’ve just got to do our job on the back end and get the ball,” rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander said.NOTES: The Packers’ defense will be without DL Mike Daniels (foot) and LB Nick Perry (knee) on Sunday. Daniels moved around in the locker room Friday on a knee scooter with a large cast on his lower left leg. Daniels isn’t sure if he will play again this season after suffering the injury in the loss at Seattle on Nov. 15. … WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) and TE Jimmy Graham, who broke a thumb in the last game, also are questionable for Sunday night.
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