Vikings RB Dalvin Cook suffers right shoulder injury vs. Seahawks

Ross Houston
December 4, 2019

The Seattle Seahawks danced their way to a victory Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

Despite scoring the first touchdown and returning an interception for another, the Vikings fell 37-30 to the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks. Maybe the injury is more serious than they are letting on.

Cook had 9 carries for 29 yards and a touchdown, and three catches for 35 yards prior to exiting. Possibly, but the Vikings would be facing a thousand-times more criticism if Cook's injury was made even worse by staying out on the field and he was forced to miss some time during the final few weeks of the season.

While some sites have said that Harrison Smith also struggled, he seemed fine, although he was injured in the fourth quarter of the Broncos game. They also ran all over the Vikings, which was impressive.

Three additional Seahawks were listed on the injury report during the week with illnesses: linebacker Shaquem Griffin, guard Jordan Roos and defensive tackle Poona Ford.

While there's value in doing things that the other team might not expect, at some point, you're going to have to just do what you do well better than the other team. This isn't the first time that the Vikings coaches have completely changed the way they typically do business against a good team/during a "big game", and it's hard to get encouraged about the playoffs when the Vikings keep getting "too cute" and essentially out scheming themselves.

Los Angeles went into Week 13 two games back of Minnesota and handled its business by beating the Cardinals 34-7, moving to 7-5 on the year. However, the Seahawks did the obvious and kicked the ball short. It would be a surprise if he returned to the game. A win over Minnesota would give the Bears a sweep of the season series and the tiebreaker over the Vikings. The team is now one game behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North division. They're growing into the belief that they can win football games. But once you get into the postseason, especially playing on the road, the Vikings are going to need their once-dominant defense to re-emerge.

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