The pass rush never let up
For the second time this season, the Vikings finished a game with at least nine sacks on Sunday. Minnesota is just the second NFL team since 1990 to accumulate nine sacks or more twice in a single season.
Unlike the first time they had a sack party back in Week 9 against the Detroit Lions, the Vikings had a new guy leading the pass-rushing charge on Monday. Linebacker Anthony Barr led all Minnesota defenders this week with six quarterback pressures, including two sacks.
Barr has been pretty quiet in the pass-rushing department this season, but he clearly found his mojo again against Miami.
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In total, the Vikings’ defense finished Sunday with 29 quarterback pressures. It’s the second-most pressures they have racked up in a single game this year (34 vs. the Lions in Week 9).
The most impressive part of Minnesota’s sack extravaganza this week is that they only had one sack during the entire first two quarters. Meaning, yes, eight of the Vikings’ nine sacks against the Dolphins came in the second half.
With Minnesota’s pass rush in his face all day long, Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill couldn’t get anything going and he ended up throwing for just 108 yards.