Minnesota Vikings At Miami Dolphins: 5 Predictions


On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings will travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins.  Miami is a tough team that currently has a 7-7 record on the season.  They have explosive offensive weapons like Mike Wallace, Jarvis Landry, and Lamar Miller.  Defensively, they are also a pretty scary team.  Cornerback Brent Grimes has 5 interceptions this year and defensive end Cameron Wake has 9.5 sacks this season.

This will be a tough game for Minnesota, but there will be some notable things that will happen in this game.  Here are my predictions for the Vikings vs Dolphins game on Sunday:

Dec 14, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) rolls out to his right during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Teddy Bridgewater’s three game streak with completing over 70% of his passes will end.  Bridgewater has been on fire lately with his accuracy, but I don’t think his trip home to Miami will be a as fruitful as his recent games.  Instead, I see him completing closer to 60-65%  against this stout defense.

  • The Vikings sack Ryan Tannehill over 5 times in the game.  Miami has allowed their quarterback to get sacked 10 times in the last 5 games.  A large part of that has been the replacement of left tackle after the injury to Branden Albert.  This forced rookie Ja’Waun James to left tackle and Dallas Thomas to the right side.  This is a battle that Everson Griffen and Brian Robison should be able to win.
  • No Minnesota running back gains over 60 yards on the ground.  Matt Asiata has only gained over 60 yards on 2 occasions this year, with him averaging just 32.4 rushing yards per game.  Ben Tate and Joe Banyard are more dynamic runners, but shouldn’t be expected to gain significant yardage in the game.
  • Dec 1, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) runs with the ball against the New York Jets during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    Jarvis Landry gets over 100 yards receiving.  Too much attention will be paid to Mike Wallace that the underrated Landry will be able to win 1-on-1 battles against Josh Robinson or Captain Munnerlyn.  Landry  exploded onto the scene for Miami last week against the Patriots when he had 8 catches for 99 yards.  This will be his first game over the century mark in his NFL career.

  • Minnesota will fight hard, but end up losing.  Sadly, the Dolphins might just have the Vikings number in this one.  This game will be back and forth for a lot of the contest, but Miami’s offense will end up being too much for Minnesota to handle. The Dolphins win 31-24.
  • You can watch the game on Fox at noon central time.  Check your local listings for availability.

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