The Miami Dolphins will look to improve their record to 4-2 this season when they take on the Minnesota Vikings at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday.
Here is all the relevant information for this Week 6 Dolphins-Vikings game:
MIAMI DOLPHINS (3-2) vs. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (4-1)
DATE: Sunday October 16
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
TO PLACE: Hard Rock Stadium; Miami Gardens, Florida.
WEATHER FORECAST: The temperature between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Miami Gardens will be 84 to 85 degrees, according to AccuWeather.com, with intermittent cloudy skies and a 47 percent chance of rain. The wind should be 13 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.
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Dolphins – QB Tua Tagovailoa (concussion/ankle protocol) is out; CB Kader Kohou (oblique) is uncertain; T Terron Armstead (toe), QB Teddy Bridgewater (concussion/chest protocol), DB Elijah Campbell (foot), RB Raheem Mostert (knee) and TE Durham Smythe (hamstring) are questionable.
Vikings – OLB DJ Wonnum (illness) and RB Alexander Mattison (shoulder) are listed as questionable.
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Regular season playoff history: Dolphins lead 7-5
Last five meetings:
Dec. 16, 2018 at Minnesota – Vikings 41, Dolphins 17
Dec. 21, 2014 at Miami — Dolphins 37, Vikings 35
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Sept. 19, 2010 at Minnesota – Dolphins 14, Vikings 10
Nov. 19, 2006 at Miami – Dolphins 24, Vikings 20
Dec. 21, 2002 at Minnesota – Vikings 20, Dolphins 17
Dolphins’ biggest margin of victory: 17 (1988 at Miami; Dolphins 24, Vikings 7)
Dolphins’ biggest margin of defeat: 24 (2018 at Minnesota; Vikings 41, Dolphins 17)
Match with the highest score: 73 points (1994 at Minnesota; Vikings 38, Dolphins 45)
Match with the lowest score: 20 points (2000 at Minnesota; Vikings 13, Dolphins 7)
Former Vikings players with the Dolphins:
QB Teddy Bridgewater, offensive assistant Aldrick Robinson
Former Vikings coaches with the Dolphins:
Quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell
Former Dolphins players with the Vikings:
OL Chris Reed, K Greg Joseph, head coach Kevin O’Connell (quarterback in training camp in 2011)
Former Dolphins coaches with the Vikings:
DB coach Daronte Jones, OL coach Chris Kuper
VIKINGS SCOUTING REPORT
Like the Dolphins, the Vikings entered the 2022 season with a young freshman head coach, in their case former Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell. The Vikings, hoping to end a two-year playoff drought, started the season with a convincing win over NFC powerhouse Green Bay and will come to Hard Rock Stadium with a 4-1 record after straight wins against the Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears. Minnesota is led by its offense, which includes elite players like running back Dalvin Cook and wide receiver Justin Jefferson. The Vikings have scored 28 or 29 points in each of their wins during their three-game winning streak.
THE BIGGEST REASON THE DOLPHINS WILL WIN…
While Minnesota is good on offense, its defense has been less than overwhelming so far this season, an example coming when the Vikings allowed the offensively challenged Chicago Bears 22 points. The Dolphins will start seventh-round rookie pick Skylar Thompson at quarterback, but there’s reason to think they may be successful on offense because Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle may prove too much for the team to handle. Minnesota high school. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins isn’t particularly mobile and he can run hot and cold, and that could be the game the Dolphins are rushing to.
THE BIGGEST REASON THE DOLPHINS WILL LOSE…
While Hill and Xavien Howard will be back in the lineup, Terron Armstead remains a question mark and pass protection wasn’t great after leaving the game against the New York Jets. That could be a problem for Thompson, especially with the Vikings employing a top-notch passing thrower in Danielle Hunter. The Dolphins’ defense hasn’t been particularly impressive since Game 1 against New England – although it was important at key times against Buffalo in Week 3 – and it could be a long afternoon against Cousins , Cook and Jefferson if there is not a marked improvement.
DOLPHINS-VIKINGS FINAL PREDICTION
As we chronicled earlier this week, Skylar Thompson actually did a pretty respectable job under very difficult circumstances in his first NFL action against the Jets last Sunday. and he will benefit greatly from having taken on all the first team representatives in preparation for this game. And it says here that he’s going to have a successful starting debut in the NFL. The defense will have some issues with the Minnesota offense, but we can see another game like the Buffalo game in Week 3 where it comes at key times, especially since Cousins hasn’t exactly the reputation of someone who arrives big in the Clutch. Final score: Dolphins 27, Vikings 24.