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Dalvin Cook Feeling 'Good,' Prepping for 'Annual' Matchup vs. Bobby Wagner

EAGAN, Minn. — Dalvin Cook has stuck to his weekly routine, even after getting banged up a bit in Arizona.

"It was one of them games. Physical game, knew what we was getting ourselves into," Cook said. "Just was one of those, but I think we did a pretty good job. I know I play running back, I'm gonna get banged up.

"But the recovery is key," Cook added. "I'm in the training room a lot with the conditioning coach, just getting to it, trying to get my body back up."

Cook said he actually suffered a pair of injuries in Week 2.

He left the game late in the second quarter with a stinger and the dealt with an ankle issue early in the fourth quarter.

"The first one, I just had a stinger. It was kind of unusual," Cook said. "I've been playing football since I was 4, and that was my first stinger. It was kind of different for me.

"And then when I went down later, it was [my] ankle," Cook said. "So it was two different things, but I'm good."

Cook did not practice Wednesday, but don't expect him to miss Sunday's home opener against the Seahawks.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said as much Wednesday morning.

"You know, at this stage, it's time to get some wins. Dalvin's a tough guy," Zimmer. "If he can't play, there's a reason why he's not playing. But he makes us go, so we're going to continue to play him."

Cook's presence and ability was certainly on display in Week 2 as he rushed for 131 yards on 22 carries.

Exactly half of his runs went for 7 or more yards, a sign that Minnesota's offense was establishing its groove after playing behind the chains multiple times in Week 1.

"Just trusting in my guys up front, trusting the play-calling," Cook said. "We had a good scheme coming up against those guys all week, and I felt it was good, what we was calling. Offensive Coordinator [Klint Kubiak was] getting some good calls in, and I was just hitting them all around. The O-line was giving me big holes, so I was just taking advantage.

"You've gotta credit those guys, battling back from what they went through in Week 1. I don't think ... they had one penalty or something like that, kept the quarterback clean," Cook added. "Give credit to those guys for coming back and not being shy, stepping up to the plate, and end up being a pro."

Cook's focus now turns to the Seahawks, who have done fairly well against the running back. In three career games against Seattle, Cook has 39 carries for just 149 yards (3.9 yards per attempt).

He has also been dinged up at times against Seattle, including a year ago when he suffered a groin injury on the road. The injury occurred early in the third quarter after Cook rushed 17 times for 65 yards in the first half and swung momentum away from Minnesota, which led 13-0 at halftime.

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Seahawks.

And as always, the challenge going against Seattle's defense begins with linebacker Bobby Wagner, a seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time First-Team All-Pro who could find himself in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day. Wagner leads the NFL with 33 tackles, seven more than Eric Kendricks, who ranks second through two games.

"It's fun. Always, each week, there's always a guy that elevates your play. Every defense is good in the NFL. That's why it's the NFL; it's the best guys going against the best guys," Cook said about facing Wagner, who is Seattle's all-time leading tackler and has posted nine straight 100-tackle seasons. "Every week, like last week, I think Budda Baker was probably one of the best safeties I've ever faced, just as far as the way he's moving around. I think Bobby's the same way and it elevates my play to where I want to get him before he get me.

"That's just my play, just making plays and stuff like that, it elevates my games to play better when I'm going against guys like that, especially Bobby at linebacker, one of the best in the past, what, 10 years," Cook added.

The Seahawks have also had the Vikings number, too, winning seven consecutive games (includes one postseason contest).

All but two of those games have been in Seattle though, meaning Cook and the Vikings are ready to turn things around — both against the Seahawks and early in the 2021 season.

"Yeah, I thought they signed a contract for us to go over there," Cook said with a laugh. "It's been crazy. For them to come here, it's been fun. We've been dealing with their fans quite a bit, so now it's time for them to deal with ours, so we need y'all to be loud this week.

"I watch a lot of film. We watch a lot of film. You can see the difference in what's going on and how things are happening. We're a confident group," Cook later added. "This group got a lot of grit and we're just searching for a win. That's what we're searching for right now. I don't know how this goes, 7-6, 3-zero, we're just searching for one right now. I think once we get in our building, you're going to see a team that settles in and plays to the potential we know we can play at."