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10 Vikings-Dolphins Numbers of Note

3 — number of wins by six or less points and number of losses by three or less points for Minnesota (6-8 this season); it's also the number of losses by four or less points on the year by Miami (7-7), which has beaten six opponents by 13 or more points this season

4 — interceptions on the season for Harrison Smith, which is the most by a Viking and is tied for fifth in the NFL; Miami's Brent Grimes has five picks on the year, which is tied for third and one shy of the NFL lead; Dolphins safety Reshad Jones and Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson each have three interceptions

5 — number of rushes to gain 20 or more yards allowed by the Vikings this season, which is the second fewest in the NFL; Miami has 11 runs that have gained 20 or more yards on the year (tied for fifth-best); the Dolphins defense has allowed 14 such runs (28th in the NFL); Minnesota's offense has 10 runs that have gained 20 or more yards this season (tied for eighth)

6 — Florida natives (QB Teddy Bridgewater, DT Linval Joseph, CB Jabari Price, CB Xavier Rhodes, Robinson and K Blair Walsh) on the Vikings roster who will return to their home state when Minnesota visits Miami at noon (CT) Sunday at Sun Life Stadium; the game will also be a homecoming of sorts for Vikings who played collegiately in the Sunshine State (DT Sharrif Floyd, TE Chase Ford, QB Christian Ponder, Rhodes, Robinson and DE Justin Trattou

7 — defensive ranking for Miami, in overall yards allowed this season (4,643), which is powered by their fourth-stingiest 2,929 passing yards allowed this season; the Vikings are tied for 11th in total yards allowed (4,758) and rank sixth in passing yards allowed (3,024)

11th — start that Sunday's scheduled game at Miami will be for Bridgewater, which will set a Vikings record for a rookie quarterback; Fran Tarkenton (1961) and Ponder (2011) each made 10 starts in their debut seasons; Bridgewater is 5-5 in the role, setting a franchise record for wins by a rookie QB

17 — pass breakups on the season (according to league stats) for Rhodes, which is tied for fourth-most in the NFL; the second-year pro drew the assignment of shadowing Detroit's Calvin Johnson (with help sometimes and without others) and helped limit "Megatron" to 53 yards on four catches this past week in Detroit when Minnesota limited Johnson and Golden Tate to their lowest combined output (91 yards) in 11 games played together this season; Miami poses another potent receiving tandem in Mike Wallace (62 catches, 804 yards, eight TDs) and rookie Jarvis Landry (71 catches, 672 yards, five TDs)

38 — number of sacks recorded by the Vikings on the year, led by Everson Griffen's career high 12 (eighth-most in the NFL) and career highs of 5.5 by Tom Johnson and 4.5 by Floyd; it's also the number of sacks allowed by the Dolphins; Miami has recorded 34 sacks, led by Cameron Wake (tied for 14th in NFL) and 6.5 by Olivier Vernon; the Vikings have allowed 44 sacks this season

111 — team-leading tackles (by coaches' tally) for Chad Greenway, who is trying to become the first player to lead the Vikings in tackles for a seventh straight season; Smith has 109, and Robert Blanton has 104

123 — points scored by the Dolphins in third quarters this season, which is only two touchdowns and a pair of extra points shy of the 137 they've scored in first halves; Miami has 327 points on the season; the Vikings have 277 points on the year, but only 30 in third quarters, compared to 72, 84 and 79 in first, second and fourth quarters, respectively, and 12 points in overtime

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