Hello, football fans and welcome to the Fuel Tank! In this exciting column, we will be breaking down one of the hottest NFL debate topics and then I will be giving my viewpoint on the topic while breaking down why the opposition is false. Please don’t bash anyone or post any hateful comments as everyone has a right to their own opinion! With that said, let’s jump right into today’s story.
The MVP has been dubbed as a “quarterback award” as due to the immense pressure they face daily, the money they are paid, and so on; but, it seems a new challenger has come into the mix; that player is known as Dalvin Cook. While he’s on the Vikings (who are 3-5 this season), he has been explosive this season and is the focal point of the Vikings’ offense. He, along with many other great players in the league, is now in consideration of winning the MVP award.
As of now, he’s a dark horse to win it all (+3300 on oddsshark), yet he could easily win if he continues this immaculate streak and here’s why:
1. He’s on the same pace as other MVP running backs before him
The last two running backs to win the MVP award was Adrian Peterson back in 2012 and LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006, so I’ll compare Cook’s first seven played games to theirs in their respective years:
- Adrian Peterson (2012): 136 rushes, 652 rush yards, three rush touchdowns, 787 yards from scrimmage
- LaDainian Tomlinson (2006): 150 rushes, 656 rush yards, nine rush touchdowns, 959 yards from scrimmage
- Dalvin Cook (2020): 144 rushes, 858 rush yards, 12 rush touchdowns, 1,031 rush yards
As you can see, Cook is clearly crushing it and is doing better than these HOFS did in their respective seasons. I’m not disrespecting them in any way as I’m comparing Cook to the greatness these two backs have held to the beloved game we watch today. If this pace continues, there would be absolutely no surprise that he would be MVP
2. He could revive the Vikings season
The Vikings started 1-5 on the season which was among one of the worst records in the league: now, they have won two straight in dominant wins against the Packers, who are a future playoff team this season, and the Lions, who have a motherload of issues. The Vikings schedule seems as though it’s lightening up, and for Cook, this could be the push they are looking for.
Their next four games (in order) are vs the Bears, the Cowboys, the Panthers, and the Jaguars. These, especially the Cowboys and Jaguars games, are games that could easily be won; and, if they do, they’ll be sitting at 7-5 with a chance at a low-seeded playoff spot. For Cook, it doesn’t get easier than this.
Besides the Bears, who he could easily go off against, he’ll face the atrocious Cowboys defense, a Carolina defense who had a decent day last week against the Chiefs defending the rush and they now have the 13th ranked rush defense in the league, and a Jaguars defense who has allowed 138.1 rushing yards per game. Cook can keep his impressive streak alive, and it seems he’s more than eager to do so.
3. On pace to hold a spot in the record books
As of now, Dalvin Cook is on pace to have the 3rd-most all-time in rushing touchdowns in a single season. Cook has rushed for 12 touchdowns in seven games, so if we divide that, he’s averaging 1.7 rush touchdown per game, or about two per game. Now, if we multiply that by eight (for the remaining eight games for the Vikings), we get 13.7 touchdowns in those games, and when we add that by 12 (how many rushing touchdowns he has now), he’ll have 25.7, or around 26 rush TDs.
This would break Emmitt Smith’s record for 4th (technically third cause two are tied for 2nd) most rushing touchdowns in a single season; Smith had 25 back in 1995, and Cook would have 26. If that doesn’t help his case, then what does at this point?
Addressing the other side
He’s on a losing team, so he can’t win
No MVP player has been on a losing team when they won the award, but as I stated beforehand, they can easily change that to a winning streak. If that’s the only thing holding him down while he continues this streak of impeccable games, then we won’t have to worry about it for long. The season isn’t over till it’s over; the wildcard spot is still in the mix.
Quarterbacks are more valuable than running backs
While this is true for multiple reasons, Cook is putting the team on his back. This season alone he has rushed for 100+ yards in four games with two two-game streaks; moreover, he has carried the Vikings’ offense in two consecutive games. We can say for certain that he is more valuable than a majority of quarterbacks in the league.
That is all for the Fuel Tank here on Border Fuel Sports. Do you think Cook could win this years’ MVP award or will someone else snag it away like Wilson or Mahomes? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading and have a marvelous day!