For rushing yards, the only Minnesota Vikings seasons that are more impressive than Dalvin Cook’s 2020 campaign belong to Adrian Peterson. Peterson outdueled Cook twice – in 2008 and 2012 — from a rushing-yards standpoint. In 14 games this season, Cook has rushed for 1,557 yards (with one game left to play). Not Larry Csonka, Eddie George, Marshall Faulk, Franco Harris nor Thurman Thomas ever rushed for more than 1,557 yards in a single season.
The Vikings are underwater in the all-important wins and losses metric, so Cook’s accomplishments in 2020 are somewhat muted. When the Vikings stormed back to relevance after the team’s Week 7 bye, Cook flirted with MVP aspirations.