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Running back Dalvin Cook a recipe for Minnesota Vikings’ success

The Dallas Cowboys’ Sean Lee, left, attempts to stop the Minnesota Vikings’ Dalvin Cook in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday. (AP photo)

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Tackling Dalvin Cook has been a challenge this season. The Minnesota Vikings running back has vaulted to the top of the league’s rushing list while leaving behind a trail of defenders who have either bounced off his 5-foot-10, 210-pound frame or simply been left in his wake.

How has Cook has made so many defenders miss? It’s due as much to his mind as his unusual blend of speed and strength.

“I just take a picture before I get the ball in my hands and kind of see what type of leverage he’s giving me,” Cook said. “Once I get it in my hands, it’s in the zone from there.“