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Dalvin Cook Surpasses 1K Yards Rushing for 3rd Straight Season


If we've learned one thing, it's to never count out Dalvin Cook.

Just 11 days after being carted off the field at San Francisco with a shoulder injury, the Vikings running back racked up 205 yards rushing and two touchdowns against the Steelers.

The Thursday Night Football outing set up Cook for a milestone on another prime-time stage, as he surpassed 1,000 yards rushing on the season at Soldier Field in Chicago — and is counting.


Cook entered tonight's Monday Night Football contest with 978 yards and six touchdowns on the season.

He hit 1,000 on the dot with a 10-yard gain on his fourth carry of the night. Minnesota brought in Blake Brandel as an extra lineman/tight end for the play before that gained 7 and kept him in for the 10-yarder that moved the ball to the Chicago 17-yard line.

Cook's gains helped set up a 12-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Justin Jefferson for a 7-0 lead with 5:03 remaining in the first quarter.

"The Chef" has now broken the 1,000-yard benchmark in three straight seasons.

Cook totaled 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2019, earning his first career Pro Bowl nod. He was voted to the all-star game again following the 2020 campaign in which he notched a career-high 1,557 yards and 16 rushing scores. He also added a receiving touchdown.

The NFL announced earlier today that Cook, Justin Jefferson and Harrison Smith have garnered selections to the 2022 Pro Bowl, which is scheduled for Feb. 6 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Cook is one of eight Vikings all-time to record at least one 1,000-yard season. He is now one of only four to do it three-plus times:

Adrian Peterson (2007-10; 2012-13; 2015)

Robert Smith (1997-2000)

Chuck Foreman (1975-77)

Dalvin Cook (2019-21)