10 Vikings-Dolphins Numbers of Note: Thielen Leads League in Receptions

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings roller-coaster season continues on in Week 15, as Minnesota will employ a new offensive play caller while the team is still in position for a spot in the postseason.

Minnesota announced Tuesday that John DeFilippo had been relieved from his duties as offensive coordinator and Kevin Stefanski will be the interim offensive coordinator.

The Vikings currently sit at 6-6-1 and would be the No. 6 seed as a Wild Card in the NFC playoff picture if the season ended today.

Minnesota will face the 7-6 Dolphins at noon (CT) Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Miami is in the thick of things in the Wild Card race on the AFC side.

The Vikings are 4-8 all-time against the Dolphins in a series that includes one postseason matchup, Super Bowl VIII. Miami has had the upper hand of late, winning the past three games.

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Dolphins.

Here’s a look at 10 numbers of note heading into Sunday’s matchup:

72 — The Vikings defense gave up just 72 passing yards to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on Monday. It was the lowest total allowed by Minnesota since Week 13 of the 2006 season when Chicago’s Rex Grossman had 34 passing yards at Soldier Field.

12.5 — Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter has 12.5 sacks through 13 games, which ties his career high set in 2016. Hunter has 38 sacks in his first four seasons with the Vikings, trailing only Jared Allen (62) and Alan Page (39) for the most sacks in his first four seasons in Purple.

103 Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen leads the NFL with 103 catches. He surpassed the 100-catch mark Monday to become the first Vikings wide receiver since Hall of Famer Randy Moss in 2003 to have at least 100 receptions in a season.

69 — The Dolphins won on a wild 69-yard touchdown pass on the final play of Sunday’s 34-33 win over New England. Ryan Tannehill threw to Kenny Stills, who lateraled the ball to DeVante Parker. He then tossed it back to Kenyan Drake, who scampered 52 yards for the amazing touchdown.

4 — Dolphins running back — and Future Hall of Famer — Frank Gore is fourth all-time with 14,734 career rushing yards. He has rushed for at least 950 yards in 11 of his 13 completed seasons, and is on pace for 944 yards in 2018.

13 — Stefanski, who is now the Vikings Interim Offensive Coordinator, is in his 13th season as a coach in Minnesota. He is currently the longest-tenured coach on the Vikings staff.

64 — Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is a Miami native and attended Miami Central High School, where he ran for 4,267 total yards and 64 touchdowns while leading the Rockets to a 52-5 record.

7 — Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard is tied for the league lead with seven interceptions. Howard missed Sunday’s game against the Patriots with a knee injury.

8 — The Vikings have allowed only eight runs of 15-plus yards in 2018, which is the second-fewest in the NFL. A pair of those runs came Monday against Seattle.

41 — The last time Minnesota and Miami met in the regular season, the teams combined for 41 points in the fourth quarter in a wacky game that the Dolphins won 37-35.

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