Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison sat out practice Thursday

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Neither Dalvin Cook nor Alexander Mattison practiced Thursday as the Vikings began their on-field preparation for the Packers.

Cook has a chest injury and reportedly won’t play Monday night.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday only that “he seems to be doing good” when asked about Cook.

Mattison has an ankle injury that kept him out of Week 15 but sounds as if he has a better chance to play than Cook.

“He’s doing better. He’s got a good chance,” Zimmer said.

The Vikings have Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah behind Cook and Mattison. Boone had a team-high 13 carries for 56 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over the Chargers.

“Yeah, we have a lot of confidence in Mike,” Zimmer said. “He’s done a good job, did a good job last week. Hopefully, we don’t need him.”

28 responses to “Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison sat out practice Thursday

  1. If Cook is out that’s huge for the Pack. Gives them the luxury of paying almost zero attention to the run to tee off on Cousins. If Mattison is out too Cousins will be a sitting duck.

  2. Mattison will play. In Kubiak’s scheme backup RB’s have always played well. Minnesota will run the ball, GB gets a big dose of Mattison/ Boone. May the better team win!

  3. Neither one of them will play. Boone is a good runner and can keep the “defense” honest while Kirk flings the ball all over the field to Diggs, Thielen, and Rudolph. Should be a fun game!

  4. I have to think it would be easier to gameplan with Cook being in. The guy is so talented that with him in, you know how the Vikes would attack the Packers defense.

    If he’s out, there’s no way of guessing what the Vike’s offense would throw at the Pack.

  5. Rest them both, Rodgers has been averaging right around 200 yards passing against the Vikings and Bears this year. And 247 yards for the rest of the schedule. Boone will be able to help the Vikings score enough points to beat the packers on Monday.

    Packers are 17th in the NFL in both passing and rushing.
    The packers defense is 22nd in pass defense and 24th in rush defense.
    Vikings are 3rd in rushing the ball and 8th in passing.
    Vikings pass defense 8 and rush defense 12

    How does the packers kept their lead… Oh yeah WWE refs

  6. “Boone will be able to help the Vikings score enough points to beat the packers on Monday.”

    +++++

    As long as Chad Beebe cannot make it back, Packers are safe.

  7. Rodgers has been suffering a severe decline in his ability to pass since his last broken collarbone.

    Back in 2016, he had 6 300+ yard games and his worst game was 199 yards.

    This year, Rodgers has 3 300+ yard games and has 3 games with less than 199 yards – the worst being 104 yards.

    Since his last 300+ yard game, Rodgers has delivered 161, 233, 104, 243, 195 and 203 yards per game.

    If you do the math, that’s 184 yards per game…

    Rodgers used to be an accurate passer. Aaron has a 64.7 career completion percentage – a number that has dropped below 65% since his last broken collarbone. 2018 was 62.3 and so far in 2019 it’s 63.3. Last week against Chicago it was only 48.5%.

    Aaron’s passing ability is simply not the same. Older, slower, injury prone with declining skills.

  8. It’s great to see the Packers putting their proceeds from fake stock sales to good use by ensuring the refs make the “right calls”.

    Better football…..

    ………bought and paid for by better people.

  9. Aaron’s passing ability is simply not the same. Older, slower, injury prone with declining skills.
    ——-
    You’ve only got one of those right. Older. He’s still very mobile, can still throw the ball a mile (as evidenced by multiple over-throws), hasn’t been injured this season and his skills still look fine. He was in discussion for MVP 2 mos ago. The problem lies in one spot, between his ears. He doesn’t trust his receivers, he’s too worried about int’s, and he’s too concerned with getting the big shot rather than the easy check.
    What’s going on with AR has nothing to do with his age or his physical condition.

  10. He doesn’t trust his receivers, he’s too worried about int’s, and he’s too concerned with getting the big shot rather than the easy check.

    you forgot he does not listen to LaFleur

  11. The possibility that is more likely is that the Vikes host the NFC championship game. If they win out and the miners lose there last two, the Vikes would be the 5 seed and the miners the six seed. Then they both win their 2 playoff games they would play for the NFC championship in Minnesota.

  12. Packers have had 2 DPI calls against them so far this season. BUt the offense has had 13 calls in their favor. WWE refs makes a difference in keeping that 1 game lead.

  13. “Packers have had 2 DPI calls against them so far this season. BUt the offense has had 13 calls in their favor. WWE refs makes a difference in keeping that 1 game lead.”

    ————

    The stat that you’re conveniently ignoring is that the Packers have given up the most “explosive” plays (defined as 20+ yards) in the NFL. The Packers aren’t interfering because they’re nowhere near the ball carrier (receiver or RB).

    If you ask me, and you thankfully have not, I believe that those two things, fewest DFI’s and “explosive plays” yielded only indicate that the Packers need to learn to hold or interfere more.

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