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Game Preview: Vikings vs. Dolphins

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

The Minnesota Vikings (8-8 in 2016) close out the 2017 preseason at U.S. Bank Stadium, facing off against the Miami Dolphins (10-6 in 2016) on Thursday, August 31. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT). The game will be broadcast locally on FOX 9 and simulcast on KFAN 100.3-FM and the Vikings Radio Network.

The Vikings have earned a 14-2 (.875) preseason mark under Head Coach Mike Zimmer, who led the club to two undefeated preseasons in his first three seasons at the helm. Last Sunday, the Vikings engineered a fourth-quarter comeback with 15 unanswered points to defeat the 49ers, 32-31. K Marshall Koehn put the Vikings first points of the game on the board with a 58-yard field goal to open the 3rd quarter. RB Jerick McKinnon* *provided a spark with a 108-yard kickoff return touchdown, and WR Stacy Coley added 76 yards on 4 catches. QB Taylor Heinicke drove the Vikings down the field in the final three minutes, capping the drive off with a 1-yard TD run by RB Terrell Newby as time expired. Heinicke ran in the 2-point conversion himself to secure the Minnesota victory.

BROADCAST COVERAGE

TELEVISION: FOX 9 (Channel 9 in Twin Cities)

Play-by-Play: Paul Allen   Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline Reporter: Greg Coleman/Ben Leber

LOCAL RADIO: KFAN-FM 100.3/KTLK-AM 1130

Play-by-Play: Paul Allen   Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline Reporter: Greg Coleman/Ben Leber

Pre-Game Show: Mike Mussman – 5:00 p.m. CT

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 63-station, 5-state Vikings Radio Network.

VIKINGS IN THE PRESEASON * The Vikings have a combined record of 154-98-3 (.610) in their 255 preseason games.

  • The team has finished undefeated in the preseason eight times (1964, '65, '73, '92, '98, '01, '14, '16).
  • The Vikings have finished with a .500 record or better 44 times in the team's 57 preseasons.
  • Minnesota has finished .500 or better in the regular season 33 times after posting a .500 or better record in the preseason.
  • The 13 preseasons in which the Vikings have finished below .500, the team went on to finish below .500 seven times in the ensuing regular season.
  • Under Head Coach Mike Zimmer, the Vikings have compiled a 14-2 (.875) record in the 2014 (4-0), 2015 (4-1), 2016 (4-0) and 2017 (2-1) preseasons.

VIKINGS-DOLPHINS CONNECTIONS

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman* *spent 5 years in Miami from 2000-05 serving as the Vice President of Player Personnel before eventually serving as GM.

Vikings Assistant General Manager George Paton* *served as the Dolphins Director of Pro Personnel from 2001-06.

Vikings OL Coach Tony Sparano was Miami's head coach from 2008-11, winning the AFC East title in 2008 with an 11-5 record.

Vikings DC George Edwards served as the LBs coach for the Dolphins from 2005-09.

Vikings G Joe Berger* *began his career in Miami after being drafted by the Panthers. Berger spent a total of 4 seasons in Miami (2005-06, 2009-10).

Dolphins WR Mitch Mathews spent part of the 2017 offseason with the Vikings.

LOCAL CONNECTIONS

Dolphins TE MarQueis Gray attended University of Minnesota.

The Vikings have 7 players from the Miami area. QB Teddy Bridgewater (Miami), WR Stacy Coley (Pompano Beach), CB Jabari Price (Pompano Beach), CB Xavier Rhodes (Miami), RB Dalvin Cook (Miami) , LB Emmanuel Lamur (West Palm Beach) and G Danny Isidora (Weston).

*COLLEGE CONNECTIONS *      

Vikings CB Mackensie Alexander* *and S Jayron Kearse were the teammates of Dolphins CB Cordrea Tankersley at Clemson.

Vikings DE Danielle Hunter and DE Tashawn Bower were the teammates of Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry, DT Davon Godchaux, and LB Lamin Barrow at LSU.

Vikings CB Marcus Sherels, WR Isaac Fruechte, and QB Mitch Leidner* *were the teammates of Dolphins TE MarQueis Gray at Minnesota.

Vikings DE Everson Griffen was the teammate of Dolphins LB Rey Maualuga and S* *T.J. McDonald at USC.

Vikings S Harrison Smith, TE Kyle Rudolph, and WR Michael Floyd*were the teammates of Dolphins T Sam Young *at Notre Dame.

Vikings LB Kentrell Brothers was the teammate of Dolphins DE Charles Harris at Missouri.

VIKINGS BIG DAYS VS. DOLPHINS

  • QB Sam Bradford went 19-for-26 for 236 yards and 1 TD against the Dolphins while with the Philadelphia Eagles on 11/15/15 as the Eagles lost 20-19.
  • WR Jarius Wright caught 3 passes for 38 yards and a TD on 12/21/14 at Miami.
  • S Harrison Smith totaled 5 solo tackles and an INT on 12/21/14 at Miami.

VIKINGS VS. DOLPHINS SERIES INFO

Record vs. Dolphins:4-8

Last regular season game: Vikings 35, Miami 37 (2014, In Miami)

Vikings largest winning margin: 22; Vikings 29, Dolphins 7 (1976)

Dolphins largest winning margin: 17; Dolphins 24, Vikings 7 (1976 & 88)

Current series streak:Miami 3

Vikings longest win streak: 3 (1994-2002)

Dolphins longest win streak: 3 (2x 1979-88; 2006-14)

Most Points, Vikings:38 (1994)

Most Points, Dolphins:37 (2014)

Most Points, both teams: 73 (1994)

Fewest Points, Vikings: 7 (2x, 1973, 1988)

Fewest Points, Dolphins:7 (1976 & 2000)

Fewest Points, both teams:20; Vikings 13, Dolphins 7 (2000)

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