Flashback Friday: Vikings Blow Out Dolphins in 2018

Flashback Friday: Vikings Blow Out Dolphins in 2018
Dec 16, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

The 4-1 Minnesota Vikings and the 3-2 Miami Dolphins are set to face off on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium. Minnesota is on a three-game winning streak (all nail-biters), while Miami has lost their past two games.

The Vikings are 5-8 all-time against the Dolphins and have not won in Miami since 1976.

When the schedule came out, this looked like it could have been one of Minnesota’s toughest games, but with rookie third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson expected to start, this game does not look too difficult.

However, this is a road game, and despite Minnesota being 4-1, they have not played as well as their record states. They easily could have been 1-4 right now. They should win this game, but if they play like they have the past three games, it will not be a done deal by any means.

The last time these two teams met came in 2018. Minnesota won 41-17 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Dec 16, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) celebrates with quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

Kirk Cousins went 14/21 for 215 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Dalvin Cook rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Latavius Murray rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Stefon Diggs and Aldrick Robinson each caught touchdowns.

“We just wanted to go out there and get back to playing like how we know we can play,” Cook said.

On the defensive side, the Vikings recorded nine sacks. Danielle Hunter and Anthony Barr each recorded two. Barr also recorded a game-high seven tackles.

The Vikings Can Feast on Struggling Dolphins OL
Danielle Hunter

For Miami, Ryan Tannehill went 11/24 for 108 yards. Kalen Ballage rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Minkah Fitzpatrick returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown.

Dolphins vs. Vikings Week 15 Highlights | NFL 2018 – YouTube

With the win, Minnesota improved to 7-6-1 on the season, while Miami fell to 7-7. Minnesota finished the season at 8-7-1, while Miami finished at 7-9.

Kevin O’Connell’s club continues to put up wins. Ugly wins but still wins. Starting 5-1 would be huge, especially for the first-year head coach. The Green Bay Packers are 3-2 and second in the North. Both teams could be neck and neck for the rest of the season, so the Vikings need to keep racking up wins against teams they should beat.

Prediction: Vikings win 24-20.