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Early Look: Vikings vs Dolphins

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings are still in the playoff picture with three weeks to go.

Although Minnesota lost to the Seahawks on Monday night to drop to 6-6-1, the Vikings would still be the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoff picture if the season ended today.

Carolina, Philadelphia and Washington are all 6-7 and trail Minnesota in the Wild Card race.

The Vikings will now get ready for a short turnaround against another team that is fighting for its own Wild Card spot.

Minnesota and Miami will play in Week 15 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Kickoff is at noon (CT).

The Dolphins are 7-6 overall, one of four AFC teams with that record, but would be out of the playoffs if the season started today.

Miami had a miraculous 34-33 win Sunday against New England as the Dolphins pulled off a 69-yard touchdown pass that featured multiple laterals on the final play of regulation.

Here's a look at the Vikings Week 15 matchup against the Dolphins:

Passing: Kirk Cousins completed 20 of 33 passes for 208 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions against Seattle. Cousins, who had just 27 yards passing at halftime, posted a quarterback rating of 89.0.

Cousins has thrown for 3,698 yards with 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions in his first season in Purple. He has completed 70.6 percent of his passes and has a quarterback rating of 98.4.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 14 of 19 passes for 265 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions Sunday. He had a quarterback rating of 155.2.

Tannehill, who has started just eight games in 2018 due to injuries, has thrown for 1,578 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions so far this season.

Rushing: Dalvin Cook had 13 carries for 55 yards against the Seahawks, while Latavius Murray had four yards on three carries.

The Vikings totaled 77 rush yards on 21 carries, which marked the 10th time in 13 games that they failed to reach the 100-yard mark as a team on the ground.

Murray leads Minnesota with 470 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Cook has 367 yards on the ground.

The Vikings rank 30th with 85.4 rushing yards per game, while the Dolphins are 18th at 109.3 rushing yards per game.

Frank Gore led Miami with 92 yards on 12 carries on Sunday. Branden Bolden had two carries for 60 yards and two scores, while Kenyan Drake had six attempts for 24 yards.

Gore has 708 yards but no rushing touchdowns in 2018. The future Hall of Famer is fourth all-time with 14,734 career rushing yards. Drake has 463 yards and four scores this season.

Receiving: Adam Thielen had five catches for 70 yards, and Stefon Diggs had four catches for 76 yards against Seattle.

Cook had five catches for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Thielen now has 103 receptions for 1,236 yards and nine scores. The Minnesota native became the first Vikings wide receiver to snag 100 catches since Hall of Famer Randy Moss in 2003.

Diggs has 88 catches for 915 yards and six touchdowns. Cook now has a pair of receiving touchdowns on the season.

The Dolphins won on a wild 69-yard touchdown pass as Tannehill threw to Kenny Stills, who lateraled the ball to DeVante Parker. He then tossed it back to Drake, who scampered 52 yards for the amazing touchdown.

Stills led Miami with eight catches for 135 yards and a score, and Brice Butler also had a touchdown catch.

Stills leads the Dolphins with 504 receiving yards and six touchdowns, while Danny Amendola has 479 yards.

Defense: The Vikings allowed 274 total yards of offense to Seahawks, which was Seattle's lowest output of the season.

Minnesota allowed 200-plus rushing yards but held Russell Wilson to just 72 passing yards, the lowest total of his career.

Danielle Hunter had a sack to tie his career high of 12.5, and Anthony Barr also had his first sack of the season.

The Dolphins defense ranks 26th at 25.6 points allowed per game and is 29th at 401.1 yards allowed per game.

Miami gave up 421 total yards and allowed the Patriots to go 9-for-16 on third downs on Sunday. The Dolphins didn't have an interception, but Bobby McCain and Robert Quinn each had sacks.

Cornerback Xavien Howard leads Miami with seven interceptions. Quinn and Cameron Wake each have 4.5 sacks.

Special Teams: Vikings kicker Dan Bailey had a field goal blocked against the Seahawks and is 16–for-23 on field goals on the season. Punter Matt Wile averages 44.5 yards per punt.

Ameer Abdullah had three kickoff returns for 64 yards in Seattle.

Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders did not attempt a field goal Sunday but is 16 of 17 on the season. Punter Matt Haack averages 44.6 yards per kick.

Jakeem Grant of the Dolphins is the lone NFL player with both a punt and kickoff return for score in 2018, but he is out for the year with an Achilles injury.

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

Over The Years

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

Three-game winning streaks have been common in this series. Miami won three in a row from 1979 to 1988, and the Vikings took three straight from 1994 to 2002 before the Dolphins' current streak.

The lone postseason meeting between the two came in January of 1974 in Super Bowl VIII. Miami won 24-7 as the Dolphins rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

Last meeting: Dolphins 37, Vikings 35, Dec. 21, 2014, in Miami

They don't get much wilder than this one.

The Vikings took a 17-14 lead into the fourth quarter in Miami in a Week 16 tilt.

Then the madness began in a fourth quarter that featured 41 total points and three lead changes.

Miami took a 21-17 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter before Minnesota responded with a field goal. But the Dolphins scored again to go up by eight, only to see the Vikings score and get the 2-point conversion to tie the game with 4:46 left in regulation.

The Dolphins then fumbled on the ensuing kickoff and Minnesota recovered at the Miami 5-yard line. Matt Asiata scored on the next play to put the Vikings up 35-28 with 4:35 to go.

But Miami engineered an 11-play, 80-yard drive to tie the game with just over a minute remaining.

The Vikings then went three-and-out, and their punt was blocked for a safety, giving the Dolphins an improbable 2-point lead with just 45 ticks left. Miami recovered the ensuing onside free kick to ice the game.

The teams combined for 850 yards of offense and were 16 of 25 on third downs in an offense-filled day.

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