Minnesota Vikings vs Miami Dolphins Free PickNoah Williams
It will be hard to get excited when Ryan Tannehill, Cameron Wake and the Miami Dolphins take on Teddy Bridgewater, Greg Jennings and the Minnesota Vikings. The Dolphins may still be in the playoff hunt, with two games left, the hunt is more of a false hope.
The NFL betting odds have the home team Dolphins as 6.5 point favorites over the Vikings with a game total of 42.5.
Matchup: Minnesota Vikings
Date: Dec. 21, 2014
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Miami, Florida
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
TV Info: FOX
Radio: Minnesota Vs Miami
Point Spread: Dolphins -6.5
Game Total: 42.5
Analyzing My Minnesota Vikings vs Miami Dolphins Free Pick
The Dolphins, on the other hand, have taken a tumble in the post-season race in the past two weeks. After a Week 13 victory against the New York Jets, Miami was sitting pretty at 7-5 with playoff hopes on the horizon. However, after two defeats to potential playoff teams, the Dolphins will likely be watching the postseason from home.
"Players were disappointed. Coaches are disappointed. Owners are disappointed," said Philbin, 22-24 in three seasons with the Dolphins. "I think that’s understandable."
The Dolphins have the 27th ranked passing offense in the NFL along with the 15th ranked rushing unit. They average 23.4 points per game, 12th best in the league.
The Minnesota Vikings have been eliminated from the playoff race with a 6-8 record, but they are developing rookie Teddy Bridgewater into their QB of the future.
Bridgewater has completed 223 of his 351 passes this season for 2451 yards, 11 TDs & 10 INTs with an 82.7 passer rating while leading the team to be the 27th rank passing unit in the NFL. The Vikings also have the 15th rank rushing unit and average 19.8 points per game, but without Adrian Peterson, this team doesn’t have an identity.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 17, 2014
"Bottom line is we want to be a playoff team," Vikings defensive end Brian Robison said. "We want to be one of those teams in the race or leading the division. When we play a team like (Detroit), we know that’s the type of ball that we can play."
Head coaches Joe Philbin and Mike Zimmer have never faced each other before and the last meeting between these two squads was a Vikings lost 14-10 at home against the Dolphins on September 19, 2010.
The Dolphins are 9-25 ATS in their last 34 games as a favorite of 3.5-10.0 points, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in December, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game, and 16-37 ATS in their last 53 games as a home favorite.
— Mm Dlphns (@MiamiDolphins) December 18, 2014
The Vikings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU loss, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win, 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games in December, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game, and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing less than 250 total yards in their previous game.
Keep in mind Bridgewater has completed 73.0 percent of his passes in the last three outings and has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of the last two games.