The Denver Broncos head into Minnesota to take on the Vikings in week eleven. Containing RB Dalvin Cook is a must in a key game.
The Denver Broncos have not been good at stopping the run this season. They have allowed 107.6 rushing yards per game (17th overall) and have faced some stellar players in the backfield.
Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings will be no different.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is currently second in rushing yards (991) to Cleveland’s Nick Chubb (1,011) but that is because Chubb played on Thursday Night Football.
The Vikings will be without wide receiver Adam Thielen on Sunday, so their passing game will go through Stefon Diggs, Laquon Treadwell, and whoever else they plug into the game.
The Broncos have gone five straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. They have stopped guys such as Derrick Henry, LeSean McCoy, Melvin Gordon and Nick Chubb to under 100 rushing yards each.
In their last three games, the Broncos have allowed 99 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 14th in the league. That’s not great, but it is not terrible either. Putting it into perspective, the most rushing yards allowed in the last three games is 172, by the Carolina Panthers.
Taking away Cook and not having to face Thielen are crucial components to the Denver Broncos running away with a victory here.
As the Broncos take on another team in another early matchup, things could get ugly. They are not particularly good at early Sunday matchups.
However, this team has stepped up in terms of rush defense as of late and have proven that they can stop even some of the best running backs in the entire league.
If anything, this absolutely needs to be the Broncos’ No. 1 priority if they are going to come away with a victory at US Bank Stadium.