Overall impression vs Miami
This was a great game for the Minnesota Vikings. Not only did they put up over 40 points on the scoreboard, but their defense looked strong by recording nine sacks on the day and making the game hard for Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins.
The first quarter and the fourth quarter were the strongest for Minnesota, outscoring Miami 38-0 in those periods of play. For the most part, it was two plays that really gave the Dolphins hope for a moment in this game, the pick-six and the big touchdown run to open the second half.
Outside of those plays, it was essentially domination by the Vikings. Minnesota held the ball for nearly seven more minutes than the Dolphins during the game and outgained Miami by 225 yards during the game.
This was exactly the kind of game fans wanted to see this week: an offense that could score points and a defense that would hold the opposing team in check. Adding in a special teams unit where Marcus Sherels was putting the team in great spots after returns helped in a big way too!
If this is what a partnership between Kevin Stefanski and Mike Zimmer looks like, then fans should be excited. It’s only one game and a much larger sample size is needed before getting too riled up, but this game had to make fans smile and get excited that the team can run the football and compete…even against teams with winning records.
The Minnesota Vikings now sit at 7-6-1 with two games remaining on their schedule. Next week, the team hits the road and their opponent will be the Detroit Lions. Until then, SKOL VIKINGS!