Vikings Blow Two Touchdown Lead, Lose to Dolphins
By Dan Zinski
For the second week in a row the Vikings went up two touchdowns on a seemingly superior opponent. And for the second straight week, the Vikings blew their 14 point advantage.
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After getting little from the running game against Detroit, the Vikings came out determined to get it going on the ground vs. Miami. The Vikings got the scoring started by pounding the ball with Matt Asiata.
The Vikings went up 14-0 thanks to a Harrison Smith pick followed by a Teddy Bridgewater TD pass to Greg Jennings.
Miami would quickly answer with their own drive capped by a Ryan Tannehill pass to TE Dion Sims.
The Vikings would get a field goal to carry a 17-14 lead into the half.
Miami came out in the second half needing a spark. They got it on this circus TD catch from Mike Wallace.
That play seemed to open the floodgates and let the crazy come pouring in.
Miami would get another huge break on the ensuing Vikings drive when a pass intended for Matt Asiata deflected into the air and was picked off by Derrick Shelby.
Miami would go up 21-17 on a Lamar Miller TD run set up when Gerald Hodges got called for a boneheaded unnecessary roughness penalty.
A field goal would pull the Vikes back to 21-20. Miami would extend their lead on a Ryan Tannehill TD to Mike Wallace.
With their backs to the wall on the road, Minnesota would respond. Teddy Bridgewater would hit Jarius Wright for a touchdown. The two point conversion would tie the game up at 28.
The Vikes would get a huge break on the ensuing kickoff when Jarvis Landry fumbled to give Minnesota the ball back. Teddy Bridgewater would hand off to Matt Asiata to make it 35-28 Minnesota.
The Vikings would need a big defensive stand after taking the lead. Unfortunately they would not get it. Miami would strike again to tie the game at 35 when Ryan Tannehill hit Damien Williams for a three yard TD.
Teddy Bridgewater has made a habit of putting together game winning drives this year. But the magic would not happen for Bridgewater and the Vikes.
After a quick three and out, Jeff Locke had his punt blocked out of the back of the end zone for a safety to give Miami a 37-35 win.
A feeble way for the Vikings to lose after a hard fought game. The offense held up its end but the defense just could not get it done against Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins. The secondary had one of its worst games of the season. Mike Zimmer just could not find the formula to help out his beleaguered D on this day.
With that loss, the Vikings fall to 6-9 on the season. They will limp home to finish it off against the Bears.