Hate myself for backing Miami after their mini Superbowl, where they shocked the world with a lateral play in last seconds of the game to help them beat their arch-rivals from New England. It’s a clear and obvious letdown spot for the Dolphins, but I still can’t lay over a touchdown with the Vikings, who are pulling some strange decisions lately.
Their offense struggled past couple of weeks. They couldn’t get it going vs the Bears in Chicago. They scored only 10 in New England. And they were shut down in Seattle until that last garbage time drive. After that game decided to release offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. The reason behind it was already mentioned, the bad performance of the offense lately and inability to run the ball better. Well, I think that is not on DeFilippo. If you don’t have strong enough OL to run the ball, you will struggle in that segment of the game. Earlier in the season, he called the games well around that weakness, where Minnesota was a pass first team and they were really efficient with trio Cousins-Thielen-Diggs. But with the return of Dalvin Cook, it seemed like head coach Mike Zimmer wanted to run the ball much more. They tried to do it, failing at it and messed up that great rhythm that passing offense was in. QB coach Stefanski will replace DeFilippo and according to some of the reports try to fix that running game, instead of returning to the system that worked earlier. Which is passing the ball? Anyway, I believe that Vikings mismanaged the situation, are stubborn enough to do things their own way and not the right way and it will probably backfire.
As I mentioned, it’s not a very good spot for the Dolphins after a big win against the Patriots. But let’s not forget one thing. They are 7-6 and in that wild card spot chase. Which will probably make them less sleepy in their potential letdown spot than some other teams in that same situation. What I liked about their performance last Sunday is that they finally got out of their comfort zone and attacked opposing defense downfield. It resulted in a great game for their deep threat receiver Kenny Stills who had a quiet season before that. If they continue to be more versatile with their playcalling and keep defenses guessing, they have the ability to put some points on the board and keep this game close.
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