NFL: Dalvin Cook, Kirk Cousins, Vikings Thump Giants for Much-Needed Win

The Minnesota Vikings needed a win in Week 5 of the NFL season to keep pace in a competitive NFC North.

Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, and a stout defense responded with a 28-10 victory at MetLife Stadium in New York.

Minnesota (3-2) relied heavily on its rushing game and produced a rushing usage index of 52.75 to 16.0 for the Giants. The Vikings ran the ball 34 times for 211 yards, and Cook did the heavy lifting with 21 carries for 132 yards.

Not to be outdone, Cousins was incredibly efficient through the air for the Vikings. He completed 22-of-27 for 306 yards, zero interceptions, and two touchdowns to Adam Thielen (seven catches, 130 yards) for a QB rating of 138.60.

The Vikings produced a total OVER (Offensive Value and Efficiency Rating) of 141.125, compared to an OVER of 53.5 for the Giants, to get the win.

Minnesota’s defense help up its end of the bargain. It held New York (2-3) to less than 250 yards of offense. New York QB Daniel Jones was limited to 182 yards on 21-of-38 passing, with one touchdown and one interception. The Vikings sacked Jones four times, hit him another four times, and had an additional three tackles for loss.

Minnesota produced a DVS (Defensive Value Score) of 2.5, compared to a DVS of 0.4 for the Giants.