Key to Vikings' success: Keep ball out of Kirk Cousins' hands?

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EAGAN, Minn. — When Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer used to be asked about his preference for a run-heavy offense, he would redirect and talk about wanting a balanced attack.

Days after Dalvin Cook posted 226 yards from scrimmage, including 163 yards rushing, and four touchdowns in a 28-22 win over the Green Bay Packers, Zimmer was talking a different game.

“I think we want to be a run-first offense, a run-first team,” Zimmer said.

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The 2-5 Vikings have the highest designed-run percentage (48%) in the NFL. Despite missing 1½ games this season with a groin injury, Cook ranks second in rushing (652) and rushing yards per game (108.7). He has scored a touchdown in six straight games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL, and has the second-most rushing touchdowns (23) since the start of last season.

On the other side of Cook’s monster game against the Packers is what quarterback Kirk

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