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Lunchbreak: Dalvin Cook Ranked 1st Among RBs in Pro Bowl Voting

It’s no secret that Dalvin Cook is in the midst of a Pro Bowl season, and it seems fans around the league have taken notice.

The NFL released its first edition of Pro Bowl votes this week, and the Vikings running back appears to be in a good spot to garner his first Pro Bowl selection.

Cook ranks fourth overall in the league with 106,167 fan votes so far, a number that also has him as highest-voted running back in either conference.

You can vote for Cook and his teammates here.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson leads all NFL players with 146,171 votes, followed by the 116,325 votes for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (115,370 votes) is third, followed by Cook and Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (100,218 votes).

Cook has done a little bit of everything through 11 games for the Vikings offense.

He ranks second in the NFL with 1,472 yards from scrimmage and is also second with 11 total scores. He is also one of three running backs to have surpassed 1,000 rushing yards this season, as he is second with 1,017 rushing yards.

Cook is also tied for second with 11 total touchdowns, and has been a weapon in the passing game with 45 catches for 455 yards so far.

One of Cook’s teammates in the running backs room is also in the mix among top vote getters so far. Ameer Abdullah leads all NFC players with 15,875 votes for a special teams player.

Abdullah, who has been fantastic on punt and kickoff coverage, is averaging 27.1 yards per return on eight kickoff returns so far in 2019. Fullback C.J. Ham, however, could use some help from Vikings fans.

Click here to vote for the Pro Bowl.

Cousins listed as NFL’s best QB in numerous throwing categories

Kirk Cousins is in the middle of what could be a career year, and his play has been highlighted by a recent seven-game surge that has led to six Vikings wins.

On the season, Cousins has completed 226 of 320 passes (70.6 percent) for 2,756 yards with 21 touchdowns and three interceptions. His passer rating is 114.8, which ranks second in the league behind Russell Wilson’s 114.9 rating.

But ESPN took a deeper look at quarterbacks around the league, specifically looking at who is best at different types of throws.

Cousins stood out there, too, as he was listed as the top quarterback in five different categories.

The first was on deep crossing routes, as Steve Palazzolo noted that nobody flourishes with that route as well as Cousins.

Palazzolo wrote:

The Vikings play-action attack has opened up deep crossing routes, and Cousins has taken advantage with a league-best 94.5 grade and 649 yards. He has been incredibly efficient on all crossers, completing 34 of 38 throws, including one dropped pass.

A reason for Cousins’ success on such routes is that he’s also the league’s top quarterback on play-action passes.

The Gary Kubiak influence is evident in Minnesota, where the play-action game has been the league’s best in 2019. Cousins has the highest grade (91.4) while also leading the league with 1,052 yards and 12 touchdown passes.

And that also includes Cousins’ stellar play on designed rollouts.

Another category that connects Cousins and the Minnesota play-action attack. Cousins has been fantastic on bootlegs, pacing the league with an 85.7 grade and throwing for a league-high 445 yards and seven touchdowns on designed rollouts outside the pocket.

But Cousins excels in other areas, too, such as being graded as the top signal caller in the league when having to throw to his next read in his play progression.

Palazzolo wrote:

Most quarterbacks see a drop-off in performance when going to their second read, but Cousins has remained efficient, grading at 85.9 while ranking second in the league with an adjusted completion percentage of 86.2% on such attempts.

And, Cousins stands out when having throwing to a receiver who lines up far away from him, as he was ranked first when targeting receivers who start the play out wide.

It certainly helps to have a great duo in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, and Cousins has made the most of his outside receivers, leading the way with a 92.3 grade, passer rating of 124.4 and 15 big-time throws.

Palazzolo ranked quarterbacks in 35 different categories, with Wilson leading the way as the top quarterback in eight different categories.

Cousins was second with five selections, while Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was third with four categories claimed.

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