View game action images as the Vikings battle the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night for the final preseason game of 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
10:05 PM - The Vikings lose the final fourth preseason game 30-9 to the Dolphins. The Vikings will take on the New Orleans Saints Week 1 on Monday Night Football Sept. 11.
9:51 PM - Minnesota forces a three-and-out as cornerback Tre Roberson makes a tackle short of the sticks to force a punt. The Vikings take over on their own 43-yard line.
9:47 PM - The Vikings get inside the 10-yard line but turn the ball over on downs. Minnesota trails 30-9.
9:29 PM - Miami extends its lead to 30-9 on a 20-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.
9:23 PM - Minnesota's offense can't get in the end zone as the drive ends with a 24-yard field goal from Kai Forbath. The Vikings trail 24-6 early in the fourth quarter.
*9:19 PM - *The Vikings trail 23-6 at the end of the third quarter. Minnesota games third-and-goal from the 7-yard line after starting the drive at its own 35-yard line.
9:03 PM - The Dolphins drive into the red zone but come away empty after a strong stand by Minnesota's defense. Defensive tackle Dylan Bradley recorded a sack for a loss of 13 yards before the Dolphins missed a 45-yard field goal. Tashawn Bower had a highlight play stuffing a run for a 3-yard loss. The Vikings take over on their own 35-yard line.
8:54 PM - Minnesota goes three-and-out on its opening drive of the second half.
8:52 PM - The Vikings take over at their own 25-yard line to open the second half as Mitch Leidner is in at quarterback.
8:37 PM - The Vikings head to halftime down 23-6.
*8:34 PM - *Miami adds a safety as Heinicke is sacked in the end zone on the Vikings first play of the series. Minnesota trails 23-6.
*8:31 PM - *The Vikings appeared to stop Miami on third down but Alexander was called for taunting after forcing an incompletion. Miami scores on the next play to put the Dolphins up 21-6.
8:24 PM - The Vikings appeared to convert a third down on a pass to tight end Kyle Carter but Minnesota was called for holding. Heinicke was then sacked for a 9-yard loss as the Vikings were forced to punt. Miami takes over at its own 20-yard line.
8:16 PM - Eric Wilson stuffs a Miami screen attempt on third down to force a Dolphins punt. The Vikings take over on their own 24-yard line.
*8:09 PM - *The Vikings get on the board as Heinicke orchestrates a 75-yard scoring drive. Minnesota picked up first downs through the air on passes from Heinicke to Kyle Carter, Bronson Hill, and Cayleb Jones before Jones found the end zone on an 8-yard grab. Koehn's extra point try is wide left as the Vikings trail 14-6.
8:00 PM - The Vikings appeared to stop Miami on third down but cornerback Sam Brown was called for holding. The Dolphins score two plays later on a 65-yard touchdown pass as Miami now leads 14-0.
7:55 PM - Minnesota punts for the fourth straight possession after going three-and-out. Miami has the ball on its own 23-yard line.
7:50 PM - The Vikings force a punt as cornerback Antone Exum has strong coverage on third down. Minnesota takes over at its own 39-yard line.
7:46 PM - Minnesota trails Miami 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Vikings have 55 yards of offense as Heinicke has completed 2 of 9 passes.
7:44 PM - Heinicke throws a pair of incomplete passes on the drive as the Vikings go three-and-out. Miami takes over at its own 15-yard line.
*7:40 PM - *The Vikings defense forces a three-and-out after cornerback Mackensie Alexander draws a holding call. Minnesota take over at its own 47-yard line.
*7:36 PM - *The Vikings get to midfield behind a 12-yard scramble from Heinicke but the drive stalls from there. The Dolphins will take over at their own 10-yard line after Ryan Quigley's punt is far caught.
*7:29 PM - *Vikings rookie Jaleel Johnson continues to stand out in the preseason. Minnesota's defense forces a quick three-and-out as Johnson stuffed a run play. The Vikings take over at their own 30-yard line after a Miami punt.
7:25 PM - The Vikings offense stalls near midfield as Minnesota's punt rolls into the end zone for a touchback. Miami takes over at its own 20-yard line.
*7:12 PM - *The Dolphins strike first as Miami puts together a 78-yard scoring drive to open the game.
View pregame images as the Vikings take on the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night at U.S. Bank Stadium.
7:04 PM - Kentrell Brothers, Taylor Heinicke, David Morgan, Marcus Sherels are tonight's Vikings captains. Miami won the toss and elected to receive. The Vikings will start on defense.
The 2017 preseason will come to a close tonight as the Vikings play host to the Miami Dolphins at 7 CT. The game can be see live on FOX 9 in the Twin Cities; fans outside of Minnesota can watch the game (live or on-demand) online via a free trial of NFL Game Pass.
Head Coach Mike Zimmer hinted that he may play some starters after Sunday’s showing against the 49ers, so that will be something to keep an eye on. Even if he does though, it’s unlikely that the group would play very much, with younger players getting the bulk of the snaps tonight.
Zimmer has yet to officially announce any winners for the several on-going position battles, but things that fans could keep an eye on this evening include:
-At quarterback, Taylor Heinicke has made some plays both through the air and on the ground so far this preseason, and will likely get a chance to shine again tonight. And there’s a chance that former Gophers QB Mitch Leidner could get some action as well after joining the team on August 20.
-Will rookie wideouts Rodney Adams and Stacy Coley continue to make plays? Both will look to make a solid final impression before the 53-man roster is named on Saturday.
-Young tight ends Kyle Carter and Bucky Hodges each have a touchdown this preseason and will continue to stake their claim to roster spots behind Kyle Rudolph.
-In the past, Zimmer has played highly-drafted rookies a fair amount in the final preseason game. Will Pat Elflein get significant action even though he could be poised for a starting role?
-One of the top stories of the preseason has been the play of several defensive line rookies, including Jaleel Johnson, Tashawn Bower and Ifeadi Odenigbo. All three figure to get plenty of snaps and will look to keep their strong play going.
-The secondary depth at safety seems to be pretty heated, with Antone Exum Jr. making plays in his new hybrid safety / cornerback role. Zimmer talked this week about Jayron Kearse still learning to play the NFL level with his height which can be a challenge at times for safeties. And Anthony Harris figures to be in the mix as well, with all three likely getting plenty of snaps against the Dolphins.
-It seems like Jerick McKinnon secured the role as the team’s kick returner with his 108-yard touchdown return vs. the 49ers, but the jobs at kicker and punter don’t seem to be decided yet.
Stay with Vikings.com tonight for game coverage, and of course on the weekend for the naming of the 53-man roster, practice squad, and any other transactions that may occur.