The Minnesota Vikings forced three turnovers and had six sacks in Sunday’s win over the Miami Dolphins in Miami Gardens, Fla. Photo by Mark Black/UPI | License Image
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla., Oct. 16 (UPI) — The Minnesota Vikings took advantage of three turnovers and a late offensive surge to beat the Miami Dolphins and improve to 5-1 on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
The Vikings also had six sacks, but were outgained 234-of-458 in total yards and 23-11 on first downs in the 24-16 win.
“We have to fight,” Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson said. “We want to win and we want to go out there and fight the whole game.
“In the attack, we felt that we did not play the best ball in the first half. We finished the fight.”
Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 23 of 34 passes for 329 yards, two scores and two interceptions in the loss. Wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle recorded 177 and 129 receiving yards, respectively, for the Dolphins (3-3).
“It’s disappointing,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel told reporters. “The boys put a lot into this game. I was very satisfied with our preparation during the week. I thought we took a step forward in this way.
“I think the result is that you saw a team ready to play in the first half… It’s a very frustrating process when you feel you’re ready to play and you don’t get a direct result.”
Neither team scored in the first quarter and most of the second quarter. Kicker Jason Sanders gave the Dolphins the lead with a 44-yard field goal with 6:10 left before halftime. The Vikings responded with a 6-play, 75-yard touchdown drive.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Irv Smith Jr. to end that possession.
Bridgewater had an interception on the next drive. That turnover led to a 34-yard field goal by Vikings kicker Greg Joseph as time expired in the first half.
Cousins threw a 2-yard touchdown to wide receiver Adam Thielen on the Vikings’ first drive of the second half. The score gave the Vikings a 16-3 lead.
The Dolphins responded with a 7-play, 75-yard touchdown. Bridgewater ended that possession with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki that cut the deficit to six points with 10 minutes left.
The Dolphins got the ball back and drove down the field later in the quarter, but wide receiver Jaylen Waddle fumbled and gave the ball back to the Vikings.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook scored two plays later on a 53-yard run that gave his team a two-touchdown lead with 3:15 left.
Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson intercepted Bridgewater on the ensuing possession. The Dolphins got the ball back and went on a 6-play, 83-yard drive for their final points of the day.
Bridgewater threw a 3-yard touchdown to Gesicki to end that possession.
The Dolphins then failed to recover the onside kick, allowing the Vikings to run out the rest of the clock.
Linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Patrick Jones II each had two sacks in the win. Fellow teammates Danielle Hunter and Jordan Hicks also had a sack for the Vikings.
Cousins completed 20 of 30 passes for two scores. Jefferson hauled in six catches for 107 yards. Cook had 13 carries for 77 yards and a score.
The Vikings will have a bye in Week 7 and host the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 30 in Minneapolis. The Dolphins will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 23rd in Pittsburgh at 8:20 PM EDT.
Washington Chiefs defensive end Jonathan Allen (left) makes an interception against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago on Thursday. The Chiefs beat the Bears 12-7. Photo: Mark Black/UPI | License Image