The Minnesota running back also said that he could have re-entered the game against the Seahawks, but he was kept out for precautionary reasons. Flowers intercepted Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, and Moore caught a key touchdown pass in the second half, getting behind Vikings corner Xavier Rhodes for a 60-yard score. Coach Mike Zimmer said "no" when asked if Cook's injury is a long-term concern. The Vikings' workhorse back returned in the third quarter, when a collision up the middle led to another fumble and injury timeout.
"This is the team that I think we'll look back on, there was this deep seeded, longstanding care for each other that comes about in terms of harmony that they really are together", Carroll said last month.
Cook's night ended with 12 touches for 64 yards before heading to the locker room.
"God is good", Joseph said. Instead, they looked to spread the Seahawks defense out (presumably to limit the amount of time the Seahawks' three great linebackers were on the field), with too many shotgun plays. "I feel good. No swelling".
The question isn't whether opposing quarterbacks will go after Rhodes each week, it's when they will go after him and will they do it for large chunks of yards or short ones?
The Vikings are already without Pro Bowl wide receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring). Tackle Riley Reiff (concussion) also left the game. Reiff, who played throughout the first half without interruption, was placed in the concussion protocol at halftime and was ruled out.
While Rhodes did later kinda compensate for that (in his mind at least) by forcing a late fumble that nearly turned the tide for the Vikings, it's clear that the Vikings need to start limited Rhodes' snaps as the season nears the playoffs.
It might not be remembered to the extent of Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals, but a couple of Seahawks had big games last night, despite the flu bug that swept through the team last week. Wilson and the Seahawks quickly identified the Vikings' plan to slow their passing game and attacked elsewhere.