Vikings-Dolphins game scout

Get the pregame essentials: The NFL schedule for the week, keys to the game, fast facts, series history and notes.

Sunday
Buffalo Bills (0-1) at Green Bay Packers (1-0)
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) at Tennessee Titans (1-0)
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at Detroit Lions (0-1)
Chicago Bears (1-0) at Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) at Carolina Panthers (0-1)
Arizona Cardinals (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-1)
Miami Dolphins (1-0) at Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at Denver Broncos (0-1)
St. Louis Rams (0-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-1)
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) at San Diego Chargers (0-1)
Houston Texans (1-0) at Washington Redskins (1-0)
New England Patriots (1-0) at New York Jets (0-1)
New York Giants (1-0) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

Monday
New Orleans Saints (1-0) at San Francisco 49ers (1-0)


Miami Dolphins (1-0) at Minnesota Vikings (0-1)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
GAMEDATE: 9/19/10
SURFACE: Momentum Turf
TV: CBS (Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf)


KEYS TO THE GAME

This figures to be a more favorable matchup for the Vikings than they had in Week 1 against New Orleans but in no way does that mean it's going to be easy.

The Vikings need Brett Favre to get on the same page with his wide receivers — that was not the case at the Superdome — but that doesn't mean the future Hall of Fame quarterback should come out throwing the ball all over the field.

What the Vikings need to do is make running back Adrian Peterson the focal point of their offense. That, in turn, should open up some passing opportunities for Favre to begin getting sharper

FAST FACTS

  • The Dolphins beat the Vikings 24-7 on Jan. 13, 1974 in Super Bowl XIII at Rice Stadium in Houston. Bob Griese was 6-for-7 passing that day for 73 yards as the Dolphins rushed for 196 yards on a whopping 53 carries. That marks the last of the Dolphins' two successive Super Bowl victories.

  • RB Ronnie Brown has 32 career rushing touchdowns and with his next one he will tie Karim Abdul-Jabbar for the third-most in team history.

    VIKINGS NOTES

  • The Dolphins gained only seven yards on the ground in their 2006 victory over the Vikings. That is the third fewest rushing yards allowed by the Vikings in franchise history. The Lions were held to minus-3 yards on Dec. 10, 2006 and the Seahawks had 4 yards on Nov. 22, 2009.

  • The Vikings are going for their 10th consecutive regular-season victory in a row at Mall of America Field at the Metrodome. They were 8-0 at home during the regular season in 2009.

  • QB Brett Favre needs two touchdown passes to become the first player in NFL history to throw for 500 touchdowns.

  • Favre has thrown 26 touchdowns since turning 40, surpassing the 25 TDs Warren Moon threw after his 40th birthday.

  • The Vikings, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary, will wear throwback uniforms in this game.

  • The four Super Bowl defeats the Vikings have suffered in their history includes one against Miami. The Dolphins cruised to a 24-7 victory over the Vikings on Jan. 13, 1974 in Super Bowl VIII.

  • Favre, then playing for the Packers, completed 31 of 51 passes for 362 yards with two touchdowns in a 24-14 loss in his first-ever appearance against the Dolphins on Sept. 11, 1994. He was sacked four times in that game.

  • The Vikings have won three of the past four meetings in the Metrodome, outscoring the Dolphins 91-83. The Vikings beat the Dolphins, 20-17, on Dec. 21, 2002, in their last meeting at the Dome.

    DOLPHINS NOTES

  • Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown recently received another continuance on his DUI case in his home state of Georgia, per his attorney's request. Brown's next date in Marietta (Ga.) Municipal Court has been moved to Oct. 14 at 8:30 a.m.

    That is a Thursday leading up to a road game against the Green Bay Packers, but Brown does not have to be present. The Dolphins have a bye the week prior to his next hearing date, which might have made it easier for him to attend. Brown, 28, was arrested in Marietta on March 20 on suspicion of driving under the influence.

  • The DUI trial of veteran Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen is set to open Sept. 27, according to the Miami-Dade State Attorney's office. Allen, 32, was arrested at 3:35 a.m. on Feb. 20 in Miami Beach. According to the police report, he tried to get through a police roadblock and had a blood-alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit. Allen, in his 10th NFL season, has been with the Dolphins since 2006 but won't play for them this year after they placed him on injured reserve on Sept. 5. If he pleads guilty or is convicted, Allen would potentially be subject to additional discipline under the NFL's personal conduct policy.

  • Veteran OLB Adalius Thomas worked out for the Dolphins on Tuesday but has yet to sign. Thomas is coming off three disappointing seasons with the Patriots and worked out last week for the Jets. His best years came in Baltimore earlier in the past decade, when Jets coach Rex Ryan and current Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan were on the same staff. It was under Nolan in 2004 that Thomas enjoyed a breakthrough season. Signing Thomas would be another indication the Dolphins are not sold on rookie Koa Misi as a pass rusher, although the second-rounder from Utah did have a sack Sunday in his first NFL game.

  • Dolphins TE Anthony Fasano, a Notre Dame product, paid off a $500 bet to Dolphins LT Jake Long (Michigan) in quarters. Michigan beat Notre Dame on Saturday, and as part of the bet Fasano had to wear a Michigan shirt while meeting with the media.

  • Rookie TE Nathan Overbay and OL Andrew Hartline were released off the Dolphins' practice squad. DE Cliff Geathers passed through waivers and returned to the Dolphins on the practice squad after spending Week 1 on the 53-man roster. Also signed to the practice squad was former University of Miami TE Dedrick Epps, who was cut from the Chargers practice squad.


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