Minnesota Vikings (6-8) at Miami Dolphins (7-7)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 21, 2014, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Miami Dolphins -7 -- Over/Under: 43
The Miami Dolphins and the Minnesota Vikings face off on Sunday in NFL action.
The Miami Dolphins have lost three of their last four games to have their playoff hopes dashed and it is clear that while the Dolphins are competitive, they aren’t good enough to be a playoff team. The Dolphins offense is averaging 23.4 points and 337.2 yards per game led by QB Ryan Tannehill who has completed 66.3 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns ad 11 interceptions. Lamar Miller has rushed for 829 yards and six touchdowns and he has caught 33 passes and Jarvis Landry leads Miami in receiving with 71 catches and five touchdowns and Mike Wallace has 62 receptions and eight touchdowns. The Dolphins defense allows 21.5 points per game and a seventh best 331.6 yards and they are plus three in turnover margin. Jelani Jenkins has 99 tackles, Rashad Jones has 68 tackles, and Cameron Wake has 9.5 sacks. Miami’s losses have all been to teams who appear to be playoff bound in the AFC.
The Minnesota Vikings are just 6-8 this season but they are clearly laying the groundwork for a brighter future. The Vikings are averaging 19.8 points and 312.9 yards which ranks 28th in the NFL and they are led by rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater who has completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Matt Asiata and Jerrick McKinnon share the running back duties and Greg Jennings has 53 receptions and five touchdowns. Defensively the Vikings allow 21.2 and 339.9 yards per game and they are minus one in turnover ratio. Robert Blanton has 95 tackles, Chad Greenway has 91 tackles, and Harrison Smith has 84 tackles. With young players like Anthony Barr, Smith, and Bridgewater the Vikings are a team to keep on the radar fro next season and beyond.
Miami is 0-5 against the spread in December, 15-35-1 against the spread in their last 51 homes games against a team with a losing road record, and 1-5 against the spread after accumulating less than 90 rushing yards in their previous game. Minnesota is 4-0 against the spread following a loss, 5-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 5-2 against the spread following a game that they scored less than 15 points.
This should be a close game that could come down to a late field goal and with the line being more than five I will take the Vikings.