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Players: Dan Bailey, Kirk Cousins, Derek Carr, J.J. Nelson, Darren Waller, Tyrell Williams, Adam Thielen, Daniel Carlson, Chad Beebe, Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison

Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (25) scores on a 10-yard touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)


Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) returns an interception during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) is upended by Oakland Raiders free safety Karl Joseph (42) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (25) scores on a 10-yard touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)


Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, right, sacks Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)


Oakland Raiders running back Jalen Richard (30) tries to break a tackle by Minnesota Vikings running back Ameer Abdullah, right, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) celebrates after a sack during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)


Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) scores on a 1-yard touchdown run ahead of Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (73) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)


Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) celebrates after scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) In a story Sept. 22 about the Raiders-Vikings game, The Associated Press erroneously referred to the Oakland quarterback. He is Derek Carr, not David Carr.

A corrected version of the story is below:

NFL rushing leader Cook leads Vikes romp past Raiders 34-14

NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook leads Vikings romp past Raiders 34-14 with 3rd straight 100-yard game

By DAVE CAMPBELL

AP Pro Football Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Each of Dalvin Cook's first two seasons was interrupted by injury, and the Minnesota Vikings were subsequently much more driven by the pass.

His skill set no longer under wraps, Cook has given this Vikings a clear and old-school identity.

Cook cruised past the 100-yard mark for the third straight game, Kirk Cousins rebounded from his rattled performance the week before with a turnover-free afternoon, and the Vikings rolled by the Oakland Raiders 34-14 on Sunday.

Though he missed 19 of his first 34 games in the NFL to a torn ACL as a rookie and then with nagging hamstring trouble last year, Cook never lost any fans on the coaching staff or in the locker room.

''I leave it all on the line for those guys because they stood behind me 100 percent when I was having my ups and downs and just going through adversity that's just part of this game,'' said Cook, who leads the league with 375 rushing yards. ''I just credit those guys for being behind me.''

The defense had plenty to do with this victory, too. An interception by Harrison Smith of an overthrow by Oakland's Derek Carr set up the second of two touchdowns by Adam Thielen to give the Vikings a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. Eric Wilson had two of Minnesota's four sacks.

''Good things usually happen when you play with great effort,'' coach Mike Zimmer said.

Cook had 16 carries for 110 yards and a score in just three quarters, and his backups capably grabbed the baton. Rookie Alexander Mattison got his first NFL touchdown as the Vikings (2-1) rushed for 211 yards and didn't even attempt a fourth-quarter pass for the second time in two home games. Last week in a loss at Green Bay, Cousins had three turnovers, including a first-and-goal interception in the end zone.

''It's a beautiful thing when you can run the ball effectively,'' Cousins said.

Cousins enjoyed a sack-free game for the first time in his Vikings career and finished a crisp 15 for 21 for 174 yards and one score to Thielen on their opening possession. That throw covered 35 yards, off a bootleg that allowed him to plant in front of a pressuring P.J. Hall and zip the ball across the field where Thielen was racing past safety Curtis Riley. That was one of three touchdown drives of 75-plus yards, and Thielen scored later on an inside handoff off a jet sweep at the goal line. The Vikings similarly built a 28-0 lead in their season-opening win over Atlanta.

''If you fall behind against this team early, they have the closers that make it very difficult on you, and the noise doesn't help,'' Raiders coach Jon Gruden said.

Carr went 27 for 34 for 242 yards and touchdowns to J.J. Nelson and Tyrell Williams. Tight end Darren Waller racked up 13 receptions for 134 yards, mostly in garbage time. Nelson scored on a 29-yard flea-flicker pass midway through the second quarter to pull the Raiders within two touchdowns, but that was as close as they came in this dispiriting start to a stretch of six straight weeks without playing a game in Oakland.

''It's not getting any easier for us, but I don't think guys in this locker room are looking for easy,'' Waller said.

FOR KICKS

Dan Bailey made all four extra points and both of his field goals for the Vikings, including a 50-yard try. His predecessor, Daniel Carlson, was booed by the Minnesota crowd before he had a 48-yarder clank off the right upright. Carlson was cut after just his second NFL game by the Vikings, after missing three field goals in a tie with the Packers a year ago.

TRIBUTE TIME

Two-dozen members of the 1969 Vikings team that won the final NFL championship before the merger and took the franchise's first of four Super Bowl losses were feted at a halftime ceremony. The Purple People Eaters defensive line - Carl Eller, Gary Larsen, Jim Marshall and Alan Page - together served as the honorary Gjallarhorn blowers before kickoff of this game that, coincidentally, gave the Vikings their 500th win over 59 seasons of existence.

''Our entire lives as pro football players is because of what they did and what they built and the brand they created for the Minnesota Vikings,'' Cousins said. ''I love having them come back.''

INJURY REPORT

Raiders: Backup LB Marquel Lee hurt his ankle in the first quarter and didn't return. LB Vontaze Burfict missed about half of the game with an elbow injury, but he was cleared to return in the third quarter. Another starting LB, Nicholas Morrow, walked off with an unannounced injury in the third quarter.

Vikings: Wilson started for LB Anthony Barr, inactive with a groin injury. CB Mackensie Alexander missed his second straight game with an elbow injury, but CB Mike Hughes was back in the nickel role for the first time since tearing his ACL in the sixth game of last season. ... RG Josh Kline left the game in the third quarter for evaluation in the concussion protocol. WR/PR Chad Beebe was also forced out with an ankle injury.

UP NEXT

Raiders: at the Colts next Sunday. Their last victory in Indianapolis, where they have only played four times in their history, was in 2001 in Gruden's first stint.

Vikings: at the Bears next Sunday. They have lost in nine of their last 11 visits to Chicago, winning in 2015 and 2017.

Player Notes
Kyle Rudolph Oct 24 12:30am ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is coming off a solid game in Week 7 as he tallied five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. It was his first touchdown and his first time exceeding 36 receiving yards on the season. Rudolph may see a slight increase in targets due to receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) being out, but he still shouldn't be trusted in standard leagues. Rudolph remains an unexciting touchdown-dependent TE2 in Week 8's home matchup against the Washington Redskins.

From RotoBaller

Alexander Mattison Oct 24 12:00am ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison has gotten at least seven carries in 5-of-7 games this year, though he hasn't quite emerged as a player to consider starting as he's still the clear backup to Dalvin Cook. That being said, Mattison could be in line for a sizeable workload this week as the Vikings are favored by 16 points in a home matchup against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins Defense is more vulnerable through the air, but the Vikings will undoubtedly lean on the rushing attack as they still run at the second-highest rate in the league. Start Mattison if you're in desperate need of a deep-league FLEX option as there's a good chance that he sees at least 10 carries and does something meaningful with them. He's also not the worst dart-throw in daily formats if you're multi-entering into tournaments.

From RotoBaller

Theo Riddick Oct 23 11:13pm ET

Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) and Theo Riddick (shoulder) are eligible to return to practice this week, but head coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday, Oct. 23 that he isn't going to practice either of them this week.

From TheHuddle

Dede Westbrook Oct 23 11:00pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook (neck, shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday. Marqise Lee (ankle), who missed Week 7, was limited. Westbrook was questionable for last Sunday's game but played and went over 100 yards against the Bengals injured and ineffective secondary. He'll have a good chance of playing this Sunday as long as he practices later this week. The matchup will be just as nice, too, as the Jags will face off with Gang Green's struggling defense. If he plays, Westbrook has clear WR2 upside. If he's inactive, Chris Conley would be on the DFS and deep league streaming radar.

From RotoBaller

Minnesota Vikings Oct 23 11:00pm ET

The Vikings Defense gave up 30 points in a win over the Detroit Lions in Week 7 but still rank sixth in yards per game allowed and points per game allowed. They also have seven interceptions, 19 sacks, four fumble recoveries, and a safety on the season. They're presented with a golden matchup against Case Keenum and the Washington Redskins on Thursday night in Week 8. The Redskins are averaging a miserable 12.9 points per game and their offensive line is no match for Danielle Hunter and the Vikings imposing defensive front. Look for the Vikings to force mistakes and pick up plenty of sacks and start them with confidence in Week 8.

From RotoBaller

Jalen Hurd Oct 23 11:00pm ET

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said he's not optimistic that wide receivers Trent Taylor (foot) and Jalen Hurd (back) will make it back this season after they both had "a couple setbacks." Obviously neither wideout should be stashed in season-long leagues, but Hurd has appeal to those in dynasty/keeper setups. The 49ers just traded for Emmanuel Sanders on Monday, too, so it would've been unrealistic to expect either Taylor or Hurd to make an impact in single-year leagues even if they returned. Sanders is expected to be in three-wide sets immediately with Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis in Week 8 against the Panthers.

From RotoBaller

Kirk Cousins Oct 23 10:50pm ET

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been silencing his critics the past three weeks, throwing for 977 yards and an impressive 10/1 TD/INT ratio. He's also coming off back-to-back outings with four touchdowns in wins over the Lions and Eagles. Cousins will be missing Adam Thielen (hamstring) this week, but it shouldn't matter much in an exploitable matchup against the Washington Redskins at home. The Redskins Defense has already given up 14 passing touchdowns and they've been absolutely shredded by competent passing offenses all season. The only reason for pause is the potential cap of Cousins' volume as the Vikings are favored by a whopping 16 points. Start Cousins as a low-end QB1 option as he should be able to keep the streak going through the air in a soft matchup.

From RotoBaller

Evan Engram Oct 23 10:43pm ET

New York Giants TE Evan Engram is a possible player to be moved at the NFL trade deadline next week, but an AFC scout believes the fact Engram cannot stay healthy hurts his value. 'He's hurt way too much, but he's a big problem when he's healthy,' the scout said. 'His speed makes him a matchup nightmare. I don't know if (the Giants are) using him right, but another team could.'

Fantasy Spin: Engram is just 25 years old and the team could pick up his fifth-year option, which would put him under control through 2021. But if they decide not to pick up the option and move Engram, there would likely be plenty of takers. He has wide receiver ability in a tight end body, again, when healthy.

From TheHuddle

Janoris Jenkins Oct 23 10:43pm ET

New York Giants CB Janoris Jenkins remains the most valuable and likely piece the team has to sell because cornerbacks are prized possessions, beat writer Ralph Vacchiano suggests. 'He's still good. And in this pass-happy league, everyone needs cornerbacks,' one NFL scout said last week.

From TheHuddle

Rhett Ellison Oct 23 10:43pm ET

New York Giants TE Rhett Ellison could move up to the top spot on the depth chart if the team elects to move TE Evan Engram at the NFL trade deadline. Ellison is reportedly a favorite of head coach Pat Shurmur, and the team could deal Engram and use Ellison in a limited pass-catching role where he's been effective at times.

Fantasy Spin: Even if Ellison were to slide up to the top spot of the depth chart, he has proven to have limitations. Expect 40-50 yards per game with an occasional touchdown, and that might be the ceiling of his fantasy production. That all hinges on whether or not the team parts with Engram, which isn't a certainty.

From TheHuddle

Patrick Mahomes Oct 23 10:30pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher (hernia) and defensive tackle Chris Jones (groin) both were limited in practice on Wednesday. Fisher has been out the last five game, while Jones has missed two straight. Fisher's return would be a positive development, as he might be blocking the blind side of backup Matt Moore if the Chiefs hold Patrick Mahomes (knee) out for another week. Jones' return would also be a welcomed addition with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers coming into town on Sunday night. The 25-year-old has 11 total tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery in five games after setting a career high with 15.5 QB takedowns a year ago.

From RotoBaller

Dalvin Cook Oct 23 10:30pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is leading the league with 725 rushing yards, a 5.5 yards per carry average, and eight rushing touchdowns. He's RB2 in half-ppr scoring (Christian McCaffrey). You're starting him without hesitation in Week 8 against the Washington Redskins, who are allowing 134.4 yards per game on the ground. Cook could easily finish as the top running back of the week with the Vikings favored by 16 points at home (and with McCaffrey facing the 49ers Defense). The Vikings still run at the second-highest rate in the NFL and could lean on Cook even more in the absence of stud receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring). Cook remains an RB1 and he should be a priority play in daily formats as well.

From RotoBaller

Eric Ebron Oct 23 10:20pm ET

Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron saw his stock rise last week when he caught four of his five targets for 70 yards and one touchdown. He had 49 more yards than fellow tight end Jack Doyle, and he's been out-playing him all year. The Denver Broncos have some good safeties, but Ebron is better than he's been this year. As quarterback Jacoby Brissett continues to look his way, he maintains some value every week. Consistency is key for tight ends, and you can have some faith in Ebron this week.

From RotoBaller

Jack Doyle Oct 23 10:20pm ET

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle had high hopes coming into the season. Heading into Week 8, it's becoming more clear that he won't be having the bounce-back season he was hoping for. Doyle has 25 targets on the year, but he has just 17 catches for 149 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett looks his way on a regular basis, but it's not down the field. It's also not in the red zone. Doyle gives you a safe option to score more than zero every week, but he's not going to light it up, especially in a bad matchup with the Denver Broncos. Teammate Eric Ebron has been the better option at the position. Doyle should be avoided this week.

From RotoBaller

Olabisi Johnson Oct 23 10:20pm ET

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Olabisi Johnson had a productive game stepping in for Adam Thielen (hamstring) in Week 7, catching 4-of-8 targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in the win. The rookie out of Colorado State is now in line for a spot-start as the second receiver in Week 8 as Thielen has been ruled out against the Washington Redskins and their forgiving defense. It's not crazy to project a usable target share again in an advantageous matchup at home, especially considering Johnson has received at least four targets in three of his last four games played. It's also worth noting that Kirk Cousins and the Vikings passing game has been on fire for three games straight. Johnson can be considered a WR3/WR4 and should be in consideration for deep leagues this week.

From RotoBaller

George Kittle Oct 23 10:13pm ET

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle leads the team in receptions and receiving yards by a wide margin, but he now has some company with the addition of WR Emmanuel Sanders. QB Jimmy Garoppolo believes the addition of Sanders could take some pressure off of Kittle, who opposing defenses have keyed on. 'Yeah, it'll be interesting to see how defenses line up,' Garoppolo said Wednesday, Oct. 23. 'If they change anything, tilt the safeties toward him, whatever it is. Yeah, we'll have to adjust during the game and see how that goes.'

Fantasy Spin: Kittle's production isn't expected to take a hit with the addition of Sanders as the team's No. 1 wideout. In fact, there might be fewer double teams on the star tight end, if Sanders can stay healthy and be the type of receiver he was in Denver.

From TheHuddle

Jimmy Garoppolo Oct 23 10:13pm ET

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo is excited about the addition of WR Emmanuel Sanders, and he said he is willing to help get the receiver up to speed quickly. 'I'll do my best to, but receiver-quarterback is a little bit different in what you have to learn, specifics and that nature,' Garoppolo said Wednesday, Oct. 23. 'But yeah, anything I can do to help him. I'm going to put in the extra time with him, whatever it takes, really.'

Fantasy Spin: The addition of Sanders gives the team an NFL-caliber No. 1 receiver, something they have honestly been lacking, with perhaps a bunch of secondary or tertiary options trying to fill the role. George Kittle is the team's leading receiver in catches and yardage by a wide margin. The addition of Sanders is great for the fantasy appeal of Garoppolo, although he still remains more of a QB2 in most fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams.

From TheHuddle

Aldrick Rosas Oct 23 10:00pm ET

New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas is on the verge of being streamable this week against the Lions. The former Pro Bowler hasn't had much success this year and has yet to make more than one field goal in a game all season. However, he's in a good matchup. The Giants figure to move the ball against a banged-up Lions Defense, and they will need to push the tempo to keep up with quarterbackMatthew Stafford and the Lions offense. Rosas still isn't a recommended option, but he can be considered in deep leagues.

From RotoBaller

Zach Pascal Oct 23 10:00pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal has seen his stock consistently grow over the past few weeks. He's still not a player that you can have a ton of confidence in starting, but he does have some flex consideration this week. His size allows him to be a mismatch against most corners, and the Denver Broncos don't have a guy that can match up with him consistently in that regard if cornerback Chris Harris Jr. shadows wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. If you're missing wideouts due to injuries or bye weeks, Pascal gives you upside thanks to his touchdown production and big-play ability.

From RotoBaller

Jacoby Brissett Oct 23 9:50pm ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett went off on the Houston Texans in Week 7. In Week 8, his matchup gets more difficult against the Denver Broncos. Through seven games, Denver has yet to allow a player to clear 300 passing yards, and no quarterback has thrown for more than two touchdowns against them. The Colts have a lot of pieces on offense, especially with the emergence of wide receiver Zach Pascal, but expectations for Brissett should be tempered this week. He's still a starter in two-quarterback leagues, but you have better options at QB in standard formats.

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