Minnesota made just enough mistakes to lose their season opener 14-9 while Miami did just enough to win their opener and cover the NFL odds 15-10 against Buffalo.
The Vikings were an excellent home team last season and quarterback Brett Favre should be better than he was a week ago against the Saints. The Vikings only turned the ball over once but Favre did not play well. He missed a number of throws that he could have made and looked rusty.
Low Scoring Again? Last week the Vikings scored a pitiful 9 points against the Saints. The Dolphins have arguably a tougher defense so will Minnesota do anything this week? Minnesota’s defense was very solid last week as they held Drew Brees and the Saints to just two TDs. They face a much weaker unit in Miami this Sunday.
The only offense last week for Minnesota was provided by running back Adrian Peterson and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Peterson rushed the ball pretty effectively and Shiancoe had the only TD. Favre was just 15 of 27 with one TD and one interception.
Defense Led Miami – The Dolphins defense was excellent last week as they held the Buffalo Bills to 166 total yards. Linebacker Karlos Dansby had a sack and eight tackles in Miami’s 15-10 win against the NFL odds at SBG. The Miami offense did just enough to win as Chad Henne was 21 of 24 for 182 yards. Ronnie Brown scored the only touchdown for the Dolphins. Miami’s Dan Carpenter had two field goals and the defense got a safety for the other scoring for Miami.
Teams Have Split Last Six Meetings – The Dolphins and Vikings don’t play that often as they have met just three times this decade. The teams have split their last six meetings overall. Minnesota has won two of the last three although they lost the most recent game in 2006 as Miami won 24-20 at home. That was the only one of the three meetings that went over the NFL betting total. The last time the teams played in Minnesota was in 2002 and the Vikings came away with a 20-17 win.