Vikings Mailbag, Week 14: Cook's injury, Rhodes' struggles, playoff race and more

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This was the start of the second half. He was targeted constantly by Russell Wilson and company, for good reason.

Chris Carson ran for 102 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown and no fumbles.

While Rhodes did later kinda compensate for that (in his mind at least) by forcing a late fumble that nearly turned the tide for the Vikings, it's clear that the Vikings need to start limited Rhodes' snaps as the season nears the playoffs. "He's been nursing the shoulder all along from previous year and we'll have to see how it goes going forward".

The normally solid tackling linebacker looked very bad trying to tackle Vikings fullback C.J. Ham and Ham rumbled for 36 yards down to the Seahawks' 38 early in the first quarter. "We kick it into the fourth quarter and now it's finish time". But Minnesota only had the lead because Russell Wilson hit a batted pass up instead of down and the Vikings returned the interception for a touchdown.

Cousins did battle back and threw a handsome 58-yard touchdown to Laquon Treadwell, and the Vikings almost came back to win it.

The San Francisco 49ers received zero help from either the Atlanta Falcons or the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13. He did have two touchdowns late in the game, one to a wide-open Laquon "I'm Not Dead Yet" Treadwell, and another attractive, one-armed catch by underused tight end Kyle Rudolph. That is by giving 12s a few heart issues, running the ball and playing timely defense.

Just a truly ridiculous play.

Through 12 games everyone is aware of what the strengths and weaknesses of this team are and what GM Brian Gutekunst will likely need to address in the 2020 offseason. "Maybe the 17 points was too much". Already without Adam Thielen, the Vikings suddenly grappled with the idea that they might be Dalvin Cook and Stefon Diggs to injury, too, as both were looked at by trainers. After a late field goal by the Seahawks, the Vikings had a chance for a hail mary or two. With the Vikings losing and falling to 8-4, the Rams are now just one game back for the sixth seed in the NFC.

In Week 7 against the Detroit Lions, Marvin Jones Jr.'s annihilation of Minnesota's secondary (four touchdown catches) was outdone by Kirk Cousins' 337 passing yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions and a 141.1 rating in the Vikings' 42-30 victory.

The Philadelphia Eagles remain in the hut for a spot in the NFC playoff picture. So, they got that going for them... right?