Vikings-Dolphins Snapshot

As the Vikings prepare for today's game against the Dolphins, get the series history, current rankings, keys to the game and fast facts.

Sunday
Atlanta Falcons (5-4) at Baltimore Ravens (7-2)
Buffalo Bills (3-6) at Houston Texans (3-6)
Chicago Bears (8-1) at New York Jets (5-4)
Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) at New Orleans Saints (6-3)
Minnesota Vikings (4-5) at Miami Dolphins (3-6)
New England Patriots (6-3) at Green Bay Packers (4-5)
Oakland Raiders (2-7) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-4)
Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6) at Cleveland Browns (3-6)
St. Louis Rams (4-5) at Carolina Panthers (5-4)
Tennessee Titans (2-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)
Washington Redskins (3-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-7)
Detroit Lions (2-7) at Arizona Cardinals (1-8)
Seattle Seahawks (6-3) at San Francisco 49ers (4-5)
Indianapolis Colts (9-0) at Dallas Cowboys (5-4)
San Diego Chargers (7-2) at Denver Broncos (7-2)
Monday
New York Giants (6-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4)


Minnesota Vikings (4-5) at Miami Dolphins (3-6)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/19/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: FOX, Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan

SERIES

10th meeting. The Dolphins lead the series 5-4, including a 24-7 victory over the Vikings in Super Bowl VIII on Jan. 13, 1974 at Rice Stadium in Houston. The Vikings, however, have won the past three meetings. Sunday's game will mark only the fourth time these teams have played in Miami.

2006 RANKINGS

Vikings:
offense 18th (17th rush, 18th pass); defense 6th (1st rush, 26th pass).

Dolphins: offense 15th (22nd rush, 12th pass); defense 2nd (12th rush, 4th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME

The Dolphins have finally put the focus on RB Ronnie Brown, and his 54 carries the past two weeks are a big reason Miami has won consecutive games. But Brown is nursing a groin injury that kept him out of practice mid-week and LG Jeno James (knee) is out, so making headway against the league's top-ranked run defense could be difficult.

The Vikings would love nothing more than to put the onus on inconsistent QB Joey Harrington.

Minnesota has its own quarterback issues with QB Brad Johnson throwing five interceptions against one touchdown during the team's three-game losing streak. Miami will stack the box against RB Chester Taylor and dare Johnson to beat them through the air. Part of Johnson's struggles is a lack of a go-to receiver to beat the Dolphins' shaky secondary.

FAST FACTS

Vikings: Johnson's 26 victories as a Vikings rank fifth on the franchise's all-time list. ... First game in Miami since 1988.

Dolphins

Harrington is 0-6 against Minnesota. ... WR Chris Chambers needs 56 receiving yards to pass O.J. McDuffie (5,074) for fourth in franchise history.

NOTES

  • Gary Anderson's 53-yard field goal with 17 second remaining gave the Vikings a 20-17 victory over the Dolphins on Dec. 31, 2002 at the Metrodome. Anderson's game-winner tied Jan Stenerud for the longest game-winning field goal in franchise history.

  • The first-ever meeting between the Vikings and Dolphins occurred on Oct. 1, 1972 and provided Miami with its biggest scare in what turned into the NFL's first and only perfect season. In that game at Metropolitan Stadium, the Vikings held an eight-point lead with four and a half minutes left. Garo Yepremian then kicked a 51-yard field goal during a series in which the Dolphins converted a fourth-and-1 from their own 29. Miami got the ball back with 2:11 remaining and drove down the field thanks in part to a questionable roughing the passer call on Minnesota defensive tackle Bob Lurtsema that resulted in a first down at the Vikings 42. The drive ended with quarterback Bob Griese's 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jim Mandich for the winning score in a 16-14 victory.

  • Running back Larry Csonka rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns and was named the MVP in the Dolphins victory over the Vikings in Super Bowl VIII. That made him the first running back to earn Super Bowl MVP honors. Miami scored 24 unanswered points in the first three quarters.

  • Quarterback Dan Marino passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Dolphins to a 24-7 victory over the Vikings on Oct. 2, 1988 in the last meeting between these teams in Miami. Vikings quarterback Tommy Kramer threw four interceptions and was benched five minutes into the second half. He returned later in the game after backup Rich Gannon was injured and threw another pick.

  • Quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who was traded by the Vikings to the Dolphins during the offseason, passed for 355 yards in a 13-7 Vikings victory on Sept. 10, 2000.

  • Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams posted the first interception of his career when he picked off Dolphins quarterback A.J. Feeley and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown on Dec. 5, 2004 at Miami. Williams was a member of the Buffalo Bills at the time.

  • Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman spent five seasons with the Dolphins (2000-04) and was the team's general manager in 2004.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 26 -- Victories by Brad Johnson as the Vikings' starting quarterback. That puts him in fifth place on the franchise list, one behind Wade Wilson.

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