Dolphins and Vikings both in a must win game
Minneapolis, MN (AP) – Today we have two teams that simply can not afford to lose the game today. Both Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings had great hopes of being playoff teams in 2018 but now they can’t afford another loss, making today a must win for both teams.
MIAMI (7-6) at MINNESOTA (6-6-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, CBS
OPENING LINE — Vikings by 8
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Miami 8-5, Minnesota 6-6-1
SERIES RECORD —Dolphins lead 8-4
LAST MEETING — Dolphins beat Vikings 37-35, Dec. 21, 2014
LAST WEEK — Dolphins beat Patriots 34-33; Vikings lost to Seahawks 21-7
AP PRO32 RANKING — Dolphins No. 15, Vikings No. 13
DOLPHINS OFFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (18), PASS (27)
DOLPHINS DEFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (29T), PASS (25)
VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (30), PASS (8)
VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (13), PASS (5)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Dolphins have won three straight against Vikings, whose last win in series was 20-17 on Dec. 21, 2002, on Gary Anderson’s 53-yard field goal at Metrodome with 17 seconds left. … Ryan Tannehill’s 105.7 passer rating would be second best in Dolphins history behind Dan Marino’s 108.9 in 1984. Tannehill has posted 100-plus rating in past three games, longest such streak of his career. Dolphins are 12-4 in past 16 games Tannehill has played. … Dolphins lead NFL with a 20-6 record (76.9 percent) in one-score games since 2016. … Dolphins allowing points on 79.2 percent of opponent red-zone opportunities, second best among inside-20 defenses in league. … Dolphins are second in NFL with 19 interceptions and tied for third with 25 takeaways. … Dolphins averaged 9.2 yards per play last week, second best in team history. … Kenyan Drake’s winning score on final snap against Patriots last week was his fifth TD reception this year — it came after two laterals — to tie team RB record. That play, covering 69 yards, was longest from scrimmage to win game with no time remaining since 1970 AFL/NFL merger. … Vikings play first game under interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, replacing John DeFilippo. In last three losses, all on road, Vikings have averaged just 274 yards and 12 points per game. … Over last four games, Vikings have total of 21 first-half points. … Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, in last four games, has three of his five sub-90 passer ratings of season. … Vikings WR Adam Thielen, who leads league with 103 catches, has 50 receptions for 580 yards and four TDs in six home games this year. … Vikings’ defense held Seahawks QB Russell Wilson last week to lowest passer rating of seven-year career, 37.9. … Vikings DE Danielle Hunter, tied for third in NFL with 12½ sacks, has matched career high. … Fantasy tip: Vikings RB Dalvin Cook had 83 total yards and TD catch at Seahawks last week. In six career home games, Cook has 660 total yards and three TDs. In last five road games, Dolphins have allowed 628 total yards and five TDs to opponent’s lead RB (Marlon Mack, Aaron Jones, Lamar Miller, Joe Mixon, Sony Michel).