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Filtered by the Fans: 50-Yard TD on Screen Wins in Landslide

Dalvin Cook won in a landslide, which is easy to do when voters' choices are one of four touchdowns by the running back against the Packers.

Cook rushed for his first three-score game, but his most dramatic play involved turning a screen pass into a 50-yard touchdown in Sunday's 28-22 win in Green Bay.

For this week's Filtered by the Fans poll presented by Pentair, the Vikings Twitter account asked voters to select their favorite of Cook's four scores.

The options were rushes of 21, 1, 1 and the 50-yard reception.

Was it the conversion of a third-and-9, the collective downfield blocking efforts of teammates, the nifty footwork as "The Chef" shredded cheese, or the elite burst to the end zone?

Perhaps it was all of the above, but the result of the poll was that 90.4 percent of the 9,351 votes cast went for the receiving touchdown that made Cook one of three Vikings players to ever total four touchdowns in a game (Chuck Foreman in 1975 and Ahmad Rashad in 1979).

Cook delivered on a promise he had made to offensive linemen earlier in the week.

"We were walking through and running through some halfback screens [at practice]," center Garrett Bradbury explained Monday. "We had finished and were huddling up for the next one, and Dalvin goes to all five linemen, 'You guys just get your guys down. I'll do the rest. That's it.'

"He just had this confidence about him, and we did, too, that as long as the ball is in his hands, he's going to make something happen," Bradbury added. "We just have to give him that little bit of daylight he needs. That's exactly what happened on that play."

Bradbury was the first to release and make contact with a Packers defender, cut-blocking linebacker Krys Barnes at the Green Bay 47 as Cook was about to cross midfield. Left guard Dakota Dozier then took out defensive back Chandon Sullivan to allow a cutback by Cook.

Right guard Ezra Cleveland gets enough of safety Darnell Savage to help Cook avoid a diving attempt at the 42. Then, Cook slices and dices his way past safety Vernon Scott at the 35.

Right tackle Brian O'Neill has been hustling the whole time and sees linebacker Preston Smith nearing Cook at the 30, but O'Neill takes Smith out of the play, allowing Cook to mash the gas on the way to the end zone.

"There's a lot of things that go on," Bradbury said. "Obviously Dalvin is special, but if you see Brian O'Neill at right tackle, he could have easily blocked his guy, could have easily let up, but he knew there was a touchdown block there. The receivers were doing their part, the tight ends."

Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks offered his assessment of the play on Sunday after the game.

"Man, I mean just the blockers downfield, the way he set it up, it was perfect," Kendricks said. "He ended up in the end zone. And that's what Dalvin does. He finds a way to run with his pads and run with heart, and he uses his speed when he needs to. He cuts when he needs. He really is the best back in the league."