Coach Mike Zimmer had been preaching it for weeks. New offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski followed through on his coach's wishes with the play calling and Minnesota returned to a physical running game Sunday to beat the Miami Dolphins 41-17.
Minnesota ran for a season-high 220 yards in the win, the most for the team since rushing for 263 yards against Oakland on Nov. 15, 2015.
Dalvin Cook ran for two touchdowns and Latavius Murray added a touchdown of his own. Cook surpassed 100 yards rushing for just the second time in his career and the first since his regular-season debut. Cook rushed for a career-high 136 yards and added a 27-yard reception on a screen pass.
Zimmer had talked for weeks about the need to run the ball more. The Vikings did so on Sunday.