January 18, 2022

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Cook Runs Rampant, Steelers Hit Long Longshot…

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Cook Runs Rampant, Steelers Hit Long Longshot...

Here’s a deeper dive at some “next-day stats” with an eye on the ever-increasing number of Next Gen Stats. We normally reference rankings across the league (besides Monday games), but with this one starting Week 14, we’ll try to provide some other context for these numbers.

Cook’s 205 rushing yards are the most by a player in the 2021 season and the most by a Viking in a game against the Steelers.

The running back gained 20 on his first carry and found success in every direction on his way to his second career game with more than 200 yards on the ground (Chuck Foreman had one 200-yard game for Minnesota, and Adrian Peterson recorded six such games).

He rushed seven times for 36 yards outside the left tackle, 11 times for 88 yards between the tackles and nine times for 81 yards and two scores outside of the right tackle.

According to Next Gen Stats, Cook totaled 58 rushing yards over expectation, which gives him 128 for the season (the fourth-most in the NFL).

Cook was toting the rock during three of the top four “remarkable rushes” in the game. Those are assessed by yards gained above expectation.

The 29-yard touchdown run that was expected to gain 6 ranked first and resulted in six points.

Pittsburgh’s Najee Harris gained 23 on a play that was expected to gain 6 for the second-best “remarkable rush” in the game.

Cook also zoomed for 30 on a play that was expected to gain 15, and the aforementioned 20-yarder picked up 14 more than expected.