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Big Numbers: Cook's Workload, Cousins' Surge, Jefferson & Thielen Roll

The Vikings offense, which stayed generally healthy, put up numbers that made or challenged team and NFL records in 2020.

Minnesota featured a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver for just the eighth time in franchise history and second season in a row.

Unfortunately, a defense that began with an offseason overhaul (and couldn't benefit from an offseason program) was struck with injuries throughout the season.

Here's a look at 29 big numbers for Vikings players in 2020.

Dalvin Cook


Cook totaled 1,918 scrimmage yards, a personal best that ranked second in the NFL this season and is second-most in any of the franchise's 60 seasons. He did so in just 13.5 games, missing a game-and-a-half (Weeks 5 and 6) because of injury and his opportunity to chase 2,000 in the regular-season finale due to the tragic passing of his father.


Cook's scrimmage yards accounted for 30.5 percent of Minnesota's net offensive yards.


The workload included a career-high 312 carries and 44 receptions on 54 targets. Combining his carries and targets, Cook was the destination for the football on 366 of Minnesota's 1,023 offensive plays (35.8 %).


Cook finished second in the NFL with 1,557 rushing yards, which is the third-most in a season in franchise history. Only Adrian Peterson (2,097 in 2012 and 1,760 in 2008) has rushed for more for the Vikings.


Cook led the Vikings in scoring with 108 points, scoring 17 total touchdowns and an NFL-best three 2-point conversions. The 17 total touchdowns are the third-most in a Vikings season and included 16 rushing scores, which tied for second in the NFL. The 108 points tied for the second-most in the NFL among non-kickers (tied for 18th overall) in 2020. They also are tied for the second-most by a Vikings player (non-kickers) and tied for 18th overall.

Kirk Cousins


Cousins finished the season with a passer rating of 105.0, which ranked eighth in the NFL in 2020. It was the second-highest for a season in his career, behind his 107.4 in 2019.

88.2 to 113.6

The quarterback's third season with the Vikings really was a tale of two seasons, split before and after Minnesota's Week 7 bye. In the first six games of 2020, Cousins' passer rating was 88.2 after completing 64.6 percent of his passes for 1,475 yards with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In the final 10, his passer rating was 113.6, surging as he completed 69.2 percent of passes for 2,790 yards with 24 touchdowns and three interceptions.


Cousins tied a career-high by compiling a passer rating of 100 or higher in nine separate games, matching his total in 2015 and 2019.


Cousins threw a career-best 35 touchdowns, which ranks second in franchise history and was the sixth-most in the NFL in 2020.


Although Cousins dramatically reduced his interceptions after the bye, his 13 in 2020 tied a career high and tied for the second-most in the NFL this season.


Cousins set a Vikings single-season record with three or more touchdown passes in eight separate games.

Justin Jefferson


In addition to setting the NFL record for receiving yards by a rookie, Jefferson's yardage total ranked fourth among all players in 2020 and are also the fourth-most ever by a Viking. Only Randy Moss (1,632 in 2003; 1,437 in 2000; and 1,413 in 1999) has posted more.


Jefferson's 87.5 receiving yards per game rank second among NFL rookies who played a minimum of four games since 1970. Odell Beckham, Jr., broke Anquan Boldin's mark of 86.1 yards per game by averaging 108.8 in 2014.


Jefferson tied Beckham's Super Bowl-era record of seven different games by a rookie with at least 100 receiving yards. He nearly doubled Moss' Vikings rookie record of four such games.


Among players who averaged at least two receptions per game, Jefferson ranked eighth in the NFL with 15.9 yards per reception. His 88 receptions were 22 more than any player (Carolina's DJ Moore) who averaged more yards per catch.

58 of 88

In addition to setting a franchise rookie record with 88 receptions, Jefferson earned a first down or scored on 58 of his catches.

View the frame-by-frame shots of Justin Jefferson's first career touchdown he hauled in during the Week 3 Vikings-Titans game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Adam Thielen


Thielen set a career high with 14 touchdown catches, which ranked third in the NFL in 2020. Moss (twice) and Cris Carter are tied for the Vikings single-season record with 17 touchdown catches. Moss also had 15 in 2000.


After catching a 37-yarder in the season opener, the final 13 touchdowns caught by Thielen all were in the red zone. The baker's dozen inside the 20-yard line ranked second in the NFL in 2020.


Thielen ranked second on the Vikings with 86 points, which ranked sixth in the NFL among non-kickers in 2020. The total is the 11th-most by a non-kicker in franchise history.

52 of 74

Thielen finished the season with 74 receptions, 52 of which resulted in first downs or scores for the Vikings.

Cousins, Garrett Bradbury & Dakota Dozier


Cousins, Bradbury and Dozier were the three Vikings offensive players who were in the game for 100 percent of the unit's snaps this season. Riley Reiff was on track to play every snap before he was added to the Reserve/COVID-19 list in Week 17. Brian O'Neill missed just 13 snaps (after getting poked in the eye at Tampa Bay).

Eric Kendricks


Despite missing the final five games of the season, Kendricks tallied more than 100 tackles (league stats) for the fifth consecutive season.


Kendricks and Eric Wilson tied for the NFL lead among linebackers with three interceptions apiece, setting personal bests.

Eric Wilson


Wilson led the Vikings with a career-best 121 tackles (according to league stats). It was the first time in his career to lead Minnesota and ended Kendricks' run of leading the team in tackles at five seasons.

1 of 2

Wilson was one of two players in the NFL in 2020 to recorded three interceptions and 3.0 sacks. He was joined by Pittsburgh's Mike Hilton.

Harrison Smith


Smith tied his career high with five interceptions, which led the Vikings and tied for fourth-most in the NFL in 2020. It marked the third time in nine seasons in which the safety has recorded five interceptions. His 28 since 2012 leads all safeties.


Smith also led the Vikings with 10 pass breakups, reaching double-digits (according to league stats) for the fourth time in his career.

Anthony Harris


Harris was the only Vikings player on defense to play 100 percent of Minnesota's 1,074 defensive snaps.


According to league stats, Harris recorded a career-best 104 tackles, exceeding his high mark of 60 in 2019 by a wide margin.