The Miami Dolphins will be traveling to Minnesota for their fourth and final preseason game of the 2017 season. The Dolphins enter the game with a 1-2 record thus far. How will things turn out for Miami in their final exhibition game? Lets take a look at what the writing staff here at cover32 – Miami thinks below.
Dolphins 17 – Vikings 16
Every player in this game will be showing why they should be a part of their respective teams. Those who are on the bubble of making the roster or not will have to show some heart, some tenacity, and the ability to make plays.
With that being said, I feel as though the Dolphins’ depth at wide receiver will shine. There are plenty of guys who are trying to make the team and have the talent to do so. For that reason, I predict that the young receiving corps and quarterback David Fales will be able to connect on some impressive routes on more than one occasion.
Although the Vikings’ defense is no joke, it is important to note that the starters are not likely to play more than a couple series. This game will come down to the backups of the backups and will probably come down to the wire. Miami has enough competent and talented reserves that should be able to pull off the win on the road.
Vikings 24 – Dolphins 17
While neither team will be playing their starters more than a series or two, the matchup against the Vikings should be entertaining to watch nonetheless. Look for Cutler and company to build off their solid outing last week, despite seeing minimal action.
The Dolphins first unit may have trouble stopping the Viking running attack, lead by rookie running back Dalvin Cook. Expect both first team offenses to put points on the board.
Once the first teams sub out, Matt Moore should be able to manage the game but look for our defense to struggle.
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Vikings 24 – Dolphins 17
The last game of the preseason should be harder to predict as the assumed starters for the regular season should see minimal playtime. However, I do predict that Minnesota’s new running back corps should see enough action to make a difference. I believe that they will find paydirt and overcome Miami’s defense.
If Miami’s secondary looks as bad as it did against Philadelphia, Bradford may even look downfield. On the contrary, Ajayi could serve as a dangerous ground threat against the Vikings’ 20th-ranked rush defense. This is due to his ability to break tackles and gain many yards after contact (YAC).
Although, it is worth noting that Minnesota finished in ninth place in the league in terms of rushing touchdowns allowed. So, this is evidence to suggest that they may be a “bend-but-don’t-break” defense, like Miami. Finally, against a powerful secondary, Cutler could throw his first interception as a Dolphin.
Vikings 13 – Dolphins 10
I don’t believe this final preseason game is going to tell us much of anything. We will see a lot of roster spot battles being won or lost, but not much else. Cutler may play a series or two to get a few more reps, but nothing much more than that. This one will get ugly.
Vikings 23 – Dolphins 16
With the NFL eliminating the 75 man roster cuts in pre-season, expect the individual performances to matter more than the score. Plenty of position battles to look out for including linebacker, guard, corner, and punter.