EAGAN, Minn. – After becoming the first NFL team to win in London and then back in the States the immediate week after (the Giants can do so this week), the Vikings will try to do something that the franchise hasn't within the lifetime of first-year Head Coach Kevin O'Connell and General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.
Minnesota last won in Miami in 1976, closing that regular season with a 29-7 victory.
The Vikings are 0-4 in rare road trips since, including 2014 when the Dolphins prevailed 37-35 in a wild one.
Here are all the ways to catch the action, a synopsis of the series history and a key topic addressed this week by Vikings Offensive Coordinator Wes Phillips, Defensive Coordinator Ed Donatell and Special Teams Coordinator Matt Daniels.
FOX (KMSP in the Twin Cities)
Kickoff: Noon (CT)
Play-by-Play: Kenny Albert
Analyst: Jonathan Vilma
Sideline reporters: Shannon Spake
Fans in the orange areas on the map below from 506sports.com will be able to watch the game on their iOS mobile devices with the Vikings app or Vikings mobile site (Safari browser only).
Radio: KFAN (100.3-FM), KTLK (1130-AM) and the five-state Vikings Radio Network
Radio Pregame Show: Hosted by Mike Mussman (10 a.m.)
Play-by-Play: Paul Allen
Analyst: Pete Bercich
Sideline reporter: Ben Leber
New this year: People in Minnesota will be able to listen to the Vikings Radio Network broadcast through the iHeartRadio app on their smart devices.
SPANISH RADIO BROADCAST
New for the 2022 season, the Vikings will air a Spanish broadcast of all games.
You can hear the Vikings on Tico Sports at WREY "El Rey" 94.9-FM and 630-AM in the Twin Cities and on Tico-Sports.com, elrey949fm.com and vikings.com. Additionally, the stream will be available as part of NFL+.
Play-by-Play: Gabriel Rios
Color commentary: Isaias Zendejas
Minnesota: SiriusXM 82 or 227 and the SXM App
Miami: SiriusXM 135 or 385 and the SXM App
VIKINGS MOBILE APP
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Click here for the full bevy of options that include over-the-air, cable, satellite, over-the-top and streaming methods.
NFL+ AND NFL+ PREMIUM
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NFL+ is available for $4.99/month or $39.99/year and offers the following:
· Live out-of-market preseason games across devices
· Live local and prime-time regular-season and postseason games on your phone or tablet
· Live game audio (home, away & national calls) for every game of the season
· NFL library programming on-demand, ad-free
NFL+ Premium is available for $9.99/month or $79.99/year and offers all of the NFL+ features and the following:
· Full-game replays across devices (ad-free)
· Condensed game replays across devices (ad-free)
· Coaches film (ad-free)
Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Dolphins.
The Vikings are 5-8 all-time in 13 games against the Dolphins (includes Miami's win in Super Bowl VIII).
Phillips on the play of the Vikings offensive line:
The Vikings offensive line has fared well in run blocking and pass blocking and has come up big down the stretch in the fourth quarters of the past three Vikings wins.
Phillips was asked to assess the group's performance through the first five weeks.
"For me, it's just continued improvement. When you look at it maybe from a perspective of what you guys were seeing last year, whatever that may be, but for us it's kind of, you win, you lose, you make the corrections, you coach 'em, and you go forward and hopefully improve," Phillips said. "But you see some individual guys growing each week. We have a rookie (Ed Ingram) playing at right guard that has made strides each week, as far as understanding the techniques and just football knowledge. Things happen fast inside in general – in the interior three, they happen a lot faster – and then of course making the jump to the NFL.
"Brian O'Neill, just being what he's been, really, and Christian [Darrisaw] is still a young player. Him getting better with footwork, getting better with hands, punch, and then Ezra [Cleveland has] really turned into a good player at left guard for us, as well. And of course, I know people had questions about Garrett [Bradbury] just from the past, and really, don't need to comment on that, except to say we think he's done an excellent job. The communication, number one – he's a really smart football player. He gets guys on the same page. And then he's really athletic and strong.
"So I think the o-line coaches – Coach [Chris] Kuper, [Justin] Rascati – the way they've taught the sets to be able to maximize, 'Help here, eyes here, now I can help.' The way they've taught how to sort out some of these pressures have really been top-notch."
Donatell on facing the Dolphins running game:
The Vikings defense answered the bell last week against a strong Bears ground game. Now they'll be facing a Dolphins rushing attack that ranks 30th in the NFL with 82.8 rushing yards per game and 24th with 3.91 rushing yards per play.
Those numbers might not reflect the true threats Miami poses under Head Coach Mike McDaniel, who was San Francisco's run game coordinator from 2017-20 and offensive coordinator last season.
"His carrying card is he's been great with his run schemes and creates a terrific challenge every week in the way he formulates the run game," Donatell said. "He was connected with [49ers Head Coach] Kyle Shanahan for so long and was a guy that led the charge, but he has a very deep group of plays that he can present you, and he'll do that to whatever fits his personnel and the opponent that week."
Daniels on coaching points from a fumble during a punt return and Minnesota having a bad punt against Chicago:
Special teams have been one of the biggest strengths for the Vikings in 2022 with impactful games in Weeks 1-4. The unit suffered a few miscues against the Bears in Week 5, including a fumble by punt returner Jalen Reagor that he recovered and a 15-yard punt by Ryan Wright that netted 5 because of a holding penalty.
"Yeah, so the Reagor fumble, that was really just a great job by their defender, No. 31 (Jaylon Jones)," Daniels said. "What ended up happening is when you're carrying the football, he had it in a really good, high, tight position. But a lot of times when balls spill out over the top on fumbles, it's usually because the elbow is getting collapsed into the rib cage.
"The defender just ended up kind of collapsing that elbow, which caused the ball to spill out over the top. So it wasn't necessarily a ball security issue, I would say, for Reagor," Daniels added. "You know, you'd love for him to go with a second hand cover right there when he is in traffic, but that's kind of just a really good play with them hitting it right there on the specific location to spill the ball out."
As for the punt, Daniels explained the Vikings were in a bit of a "gray area" on their own 45-yard line when it came to decide the type of kick for the rookie punter.
"We were right on that area of hitting the traditional punt versus hitting that end-over-end punt, and before the punt I asked Mr. Wright what he wanted to do. And he said he wanted to go with the end-over-end punt," Daniels said. "And I kind of blame it on myself because I asked him, was he a hundred-percent sure he was gonna be able to get that ball to the 10-yard line? He was like, 'Oh yeah, for sure, Hat. I know I can.'
"And I kind of think with me asking him that, he felt like he needed to pound the football. It was kind of 2-minute, we were kind of sitting out there waiting, waiting, waiting," Daniels added. "I'm sure it was probably on his mind. And with that, he ended up just trying to smash the football, and it caused him to drop the ball inside right there and it went off the inside of his foot. That's kind of on me. If we do kind of end up in that minus-45 territory, we might consider just hitting a traditional ball right there."