About the complicated relationship of the Vikings to the running game

EAGAN — Have you ever tried to get the thermostat right in a cheap hotel? Somehow 72 degrees is an ice palace and 73 degrees is the Mojave desert.

That’s like the relationship between Minnesota Vikings play callers and the run-pass ratio during Kirk Cousins’ time in Minnesota.

Who didn’t have flashbacks from 2018 Monday night, where Mike Zimmer’s head turned into a roasted red pepper as offensive coordinator John DeFilippo sent another quick pass?

But Zimmer was justified the following season when the Vikings made the playoffs behind sixth-highest rushing and 23rd-passing offense in total yards.

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