Vikings vs Dolphins NFL Week 16 Capsule

STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Zimmer: 0-0 Philbin: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 16-14 at Lions L 41-13 at Patriots
LAST GAME 9/19/10: Dolphins 14 at Vikings 10. Miami WR Brian Hartline catches TD pass. Dolphins defense records 3 INTs, including 2 by CB Jason Allen. Miami LB Koa Misi has FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/19/06: Dolphins 24, Vikings 20. Miami QB Joey Harrington throws for 254 yards & TD. Dolphins DE Jason Taylor records sack, 2 FFs & 51-yard INT-TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Min.), 93 (Mia.). XM: 225 (Mia.).


PASSING Bridgewater (R): 223-351-2451-11-10-82.7 Tannehill: 334-504-3390-22-11-90.8
RUSHING Asiata: 129-421-3.3-7 Miller: 178-829-4.7-6
RECEIVING Jennings: 53-641-12.1-5 Landry (R): 71-672-9.5-5
OFFENSE 312.9 337.2
DEFENSE 339.9 331.6
SACKS Griffen: 12 (3C) Wake: 9.5
  1. Smith: 4 (T2C)
Grimes: 5 (T3L)
PUNTING Locke: 44.4 Fields: 46.3
KICKING Walsh: 91 (25/25 PAT; 22/31 FG) Sturgis: 117 (33/33 PAT; 28/34 FG)


VIKINGS: Rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER has won 5 starts. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. & 300+ pass yards. Has 103.3 rating in past 3 starts…RB MATT ASIATA had rush TD last week. Has 11 TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.) in past 15. Had career-high 7 catches last week…WR GREG JENNINGS had 6 catches for 133 yards & TD (86 yards) in last game vs. Mia. (10/17/10 with GB). 86-yard TD catch is longest of his career & 1 of his 7 TDs of 70+ yards. Had TD catch last week & has TD in 3 of past 4. WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in past 5 vs. AFC. WR JARIUS WRIGHT has 8 catches for 172 yards (86 per game) & TD in past 2. WR CHARLES JOHNSON has 9 catches for 175 yards (87.5 per game) & TD in past 2. TE KYLE RUDOLPH has TD catch in 5 of past 10 games vs. AFC. Had season-high 7 catches & 69 yards last week…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 10 sacks in past 10. Is 3rd in NFC with 12 sacks. Has 5.5 sacks & FF in past 4 vs. AFC. DE BRIAN ROBISON has sack in 4 of past 7. Since 2012, CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN ties for 2nd in NFL with 4 INT-TDs & S HARRISON SMITH ties for 4th with 3 INT-TDs…DOLPHINS: In past 11, QB RYAN TANNEHILL has completed 264 of 380 passes (69.5 pct.) for 2,766 pass yards & 18 TDs vs. 9 INTs for 96.2 rating. Club is 16-3 (.842) when Tannehill has 90+ rating. Has 70+ comp. pct. in 5 of past 7 overall. Leads AFC QBs with 316 rush yards…In past 6 at home, RB LAMAR MILLER has 547 scrimmage yards (408 rush, 139 rec.) with 3 total TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.)…WR MIKE WALLACE led team with 104 yards on 5 catches with TD last week. Aims for 5th in row vs. NFC with TD catch. Since entering NFL in 2009, leads AFC WRs with 45 TD catches. WR-KR JARVIS LANDRY (Round 2, No. 63 overall) is tied for 1st among NFL rookies with 71 rec. & has 672 rec. yards with 5 TDs. Leads rookies in KR avg. (29.7)…In past 11 at home, DE CAMERON WAKE has 9.5 sacks, 3 FF & FR. Since joining Dolphins in 2013, CB BRENT GRIMES has 9 INTs, most among AFC CBs. LB JELANI JENKINS leads team with 97 tackles.

Vikings at Dolphins Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday LB Anthony Barr (knee), S Robert Blanton (ankle, knee), G Charlie Johnson (ankle), DT Linval Joseph (illness), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee)
Wednesday RB Matt Asiata (foot), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), WR Greg Jennings (hamstring), DE Brian Robison (ankle)
Wednesday CB Xavier Rhodes (wrist), S Andrew Sendejo (thumb)
Practice Report
Wednesday T Nate Garner (illness), G Dallas Thomas (foot), RB Daniel Thomas (knee)
Wednesday TE Charles Clay (hamstring), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), LB Jelani Jenkins (foot), S Don Jones (shoulder), LB Koa Misi (hamstring, knee), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)

Video: CBS NFL Week 15 Preview – Vikings at Lions

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions.

Vikings vs Lions NFL Week 15 Game Capsule



STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Zimmer: 0-1 Caldwell: 2-0
LAST WEEK W 30-24 (OT) vs. Jets W 34-17 vs. Buccaneers
LAST GAME 10/12/14: Lions 17 at Vikings 3. Detroit RB Joique Bell rushes for 74 yards & TD & RB Theo Riddick adds 75 receiving yards & TD catch. LB Tahir Whitehead records 2 INTs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/8/13: Lions 34, Vikings 24. Detroit RB Reggie Bush rushes for 90 yards & catches four passes for 101 yards, including 77-yard TD. Bell adds 2 rushing TDs.
BROADCAST FOX (4:25 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (Min.), 135 (Det.). XM: 227 (Det.).


PASSING Bridgewater (R): 192-310-2136-10-8-82.4 Stafford: 304-494-3644-18-10-87.8
RUSHING Asiata: 118-385-3.3-6 Bell: 182-664-3.6-6
RECEIVING Jennings: 50-598-12.0-4 Tate: 84 (3C)-1186 (3C)-14.1-3
OFFENSE 309.2 349.2
DEFENSE 348.1 295.7 (2L)
SACKS Griffen: 12 (2C) Ansah: 7.5
  1. Smith: 4 (T2C)
Quin: 5 (1C)
PUNTING Locke: 44.2 Martin: 47.1 (3C)
KICKING Walsh: 89 (23/23 PAT; 22/28 FG) Prater: 64 (16/16 PAT; 16/20 FG)


VIKINGS: Rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER has won 5 starts. In past 2, has 119 rating, 4 TDs & 1 INT…RB MATT ASIATA rushed for career-high 115 yards vs. Det. (12/29/13) & had 8.2 avg…WR JARIUS WRIGHT had GW 87-yard TD in OT last week, 2nd longest OT TD pass in NFL history. Had 123 yards, 2nd career 100-yard game. WR CHARLES JOHNSON had 1st career 100-yard game (103) last week, incl. career-long 56-yard TD. WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 50-yard rush TD & 8-yard rec. TD in 12/29/13 meeting, only game in career with both rush & rec. TD. In 14 games vs. Det., WR GREG JENNINGS’ team are 11-3 (.786)…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 5 sacks in past 5 meetings, incl. sack in Week 6. Has 10 sacks in past 9. LB GERALD HODGES had 1st career INT & INT-TD last week. S HARRISON SMITH aims for 3rd in row with sack. DE BRIAN ROBISON has sack in 4 of past 6. DT TOM JOHNSON had sack in Week 6…LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has completed 60 of 79 (75.9 pct.) for 701 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.4 rating in past 2…RB REGGIE BUSH had rec. TD in both games vs. Min. last year. Had 256 scrimmage yards (134 rec., 122 rush) in those 2. In last home meeting, had 101 rec. yards with TD (77 yards) & rushed for 90 yards. RB JOIQUE BELL has 240 scrimmage yards (120 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2…WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 19 catches for 304 yards (152 per game) & 3 TDs in past 2. In past 19 at home, has 135 catches for 2,343 yards (123.3 per game) & 14 TDs. Since 2011, leads NFL with 6,019 rec. yards & 107.5 rec. yards per game. In past 10, WR GOLDEN TATE has 68 catches for 985 yards (98.5 per game) & 3 TDs…LB DE ANDRE LEVY had 2 sacks vs. TB. Leads team with 121 tackles. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by NFL LB. DT NDAMUKONG SUH had 2 sacks in Week 6 vs. Min. In past 8, DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 6.5 sacks & 3 FFs. Had 2.5 sacks & FF in Week 6. S JAMES IHEDIGBO aims for 4th in row with INT. Has INT in 4 of past 5. S GLOVER QUIN aims for 3rd in row with INT. Has INT in 3 of past 4 at home.

Vikings at Lions Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday LB Anthony Barr (knee), S Robert Blanton (ankle, knee), RB Jerome Felton (neck), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), G Charlie Johnson (ankle)
Wednesday DE Everson Griffen (back), S Harrison Smith (shoulder)
Wednesday CB Jabari Price (hamstring)
Practice Report
Wednesday RB Reggie Bush (ankle), LB Josh Bynes (illness), DT Nick Fairley (knee)
Wednesday WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), T LaAdrian Waddle (head)

Wright’s 87-Yard TD Leads Vikings To 30-24 OT Win Over Jets

It took beating the blitz and making the right call Sunday to help the Vikings top the New York Jets 30-24 in overtime to take home a win that hopefully will help set up a solid final month of 2014.

Teddy Bridgewater and Jarius Wright ended the game with an electrifying 87-yard touchdown on a screen pass after Bridgewater saw the Jets dial up a blitz to try and stop the Vikings.

The play was the second-longest overtime passing touchdown in NFL history.

“We ran it a couple other times,” Wright said. “I thought in my head there was a chance to score.”

Bridgewater saw the Jets ready to bring heavy pressure on third-and-5, so he used a check to call for the bubble screen pass. Jets coach Rex Ryan second-guessed himself for the blitz.

“He hadn’t hit anything against it all day. Probably showed our hand a little too early there,” Ryan said, adding: “But I came here to win the game, not just play it close. Obviously, so that’s clearly on my shoulders.”

Bridgewater threw a bit high, but Wright jumped for the off-balance grab, slipped by Jaiquawn Jarrett and outran defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson the rest of the way with a block by John Sullivan to help spring the sprint.

“I just missed the tackle. There’s no excuse for that. I’ve got to get him on the ground,” Jarrett said.

Cordarrelle Patterson, the player the Vikings drafted last year to take Harvin’s place, was again a nonfactor with the offense and lost a fumble on a kickoff that led to one of five field goals by Nick Folk, who tied the game at 24 with 23 seconds left in regulation.

Gerald Hodges returned an interception thrown by Geno Smith for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, but the much-maligned second-year quarterback bounced back for the Jets (2-11) by going 18 for 29 for 254 yards and tallying 33 yards rushing on six attempts. Smith was just 7 of 13 for 49 yards against Miami in the last game.

The Jets totaled 410 yards of offense, their second-highest output this season.

“We didn’t cover anybody today. We let them off on third downs. We didn’t protect the quarterback nearly as well as I’d thought,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, listing his disappointments. “We were sloppy with the ball. I don’t know. How much time you got?”

Richardson had a safety among his three sacks, but Bridgewater wasn’t rattled by that big hit he took in his own end zone in the first quarter. He finished 19 of 27 for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Charles Johnson caught the first one for 56 yards and totaled 103 yards on four receptions.

Johnson almost scored again in the second quarter, when Bridgewater connected as he was hit for a 22-yard gain to the goal line. Johnson fumbled as he tried to reach across, but Jerome Felton dived between two Jets to recover it in the end zone for his first career score and a 21-12 lead for the Vikings.

“Go out there and let it rip and don’t worry about overthinking things and trying to be perfect,” has become Bridgewater’s mantra, at the urging of quarterbacks coach Scott Turner. Said Bridgewater: “Because when you try to be perfect, that’s when you make mistakes.”

Jets at Vikings NFL Week 14 Inactives

Jets: TE Jace Amaro, G Dakota Dozier, G Wesley Johnson, WR Walter Powell, CB Josh Thomas, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, QB Matt Simms.

Vikings: CB Jabari Price, FB Zach Line, LB Anthony Barr, LB Brandon Watts, G David Yankey, T J’Marcus Webb, DE Scott Crichton.

Charles Johnson To Stay In Lineup in Place of Cordarrelle Patterson

Charles Johnson has started the past two games for the Minnesota Vikings at split end and was on the field for all but one snap in a win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

He’s still officially listed third on the Vikings’ depth chart, but offensive coordinator Norv Turner said on Thursday what has seemed obvious: Johnson is the team’s starting split end, Ben Goessling of reports.

In response to a question about Cordarrelle Patterson‘s lack of playing time on Sunday, Turner listed Johnson’s strong play as one of the reasons Patterson’s role has changed with the Vikings. “CJ is playing at a high level,” he said. “CJ is the starter at X [receiver]. That’s the position Cordarrelle plays. We’re going to do what we can to give him some opportunities to play there, but CJ’s playing at a real high level right now.”

Turner repeated what coach Mike Zimmer said earlier this week about the Vikings’ limited role for Patterson on Sunday, saying it was due to the amount of practice time Patterson missed. The receiver, who was at a funeral for a family member of his daughter’s mother, was not at practice on Wednesday or Thursday last week as the Vikings prepared for Carolina.

“Anyone that’s in a situation where he didn’t play last week would be frustrated,” Turner said. “But Cordarrelle knows. He wasn’t here all week. He missed Monday and Tuesday — Monday, we have our meetings — he missed Wednesday and Thursday, he was out of town at a funeral. It’s hard to get ready; we have a totally different game plan for Carolina. And then you combine it with blocking two punts in the first half, and us not really having the ball. I expect Cordarrelle to play, and play like he has.”

“I hope I get more playing time than I did last week — only three reps,” Patterson said. “That’s not always good. We’ll see how this week goes.”

Jets at Vikings Thursday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday TE Jace Amaro (concussion), TE Jeff Cumberland (illness), K Nick Folk (right hip), WR Jeremy Kerley (illness), WR Greg Salas (hamstring), CB Josh Thomas (illness), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (toe)
Thursday TE Jace Amaro (concussion), WR Greg Salas (hamstring), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (toe)
Thursday TE Jeff Cumberland (illness), K Nick Folk (right hip), WR Jeremy Kerley (illness)
Wednesday G Willie Colon (shoulder, knee), RB Chris Johnson (knee)
Thursday G Willie Colon (shoulder, knee), RB Chris Johnson (knee), CB Josh Thomas (illness)
Practice Report
Wednesday LB Anthony Barr (knee), TE Rhett Ellison (ankle), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), RB Jerick McKinnon (back), CB Jabari Price (hamstring)
Thursday LB Anthony Barr (knee), RB Jerick McKinnon (back), CB Jabari Price (hamstring)
Wednesday TE Chase Ford (hamstring, foot)
Thursday TE Rhett Ellison (ankle), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), TE Chase Ford (hamstring, foot)
Wednesday TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin)
Thursday TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin)

Jets vs Vikings NFL Week 14 Capsule



COACHES VS. OPP. Ryan: 1-0 Zimmer: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 16-13 vs. Dolphins W 31-13 vs. Panthers
LAST GAME 10/11/10: Vikings 20 at Jets 29. New York RB LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for 94 yards & RB Shonn Greene rushes for TD. Jets S Dwight Lowery records 26-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/17/06: Jets 26, Vikings 13. New York WR Laveranues Coles catches 12 passes for 144 yards & TD. Jets RB Cedric Houston adds 53 rushing yards & TD.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 113 (NYJ), 138 (Min.). XM: 232 (Min.).


  1. Smith: 148-258-1524-7-11-65.8
Bridgewater (R): 173-283-1827-8-7-79.0
RUSHING Ivory: 146-641-4.4-5 McKinnon (R): 113-538-4.8-0
RECEIVING Decker: 49-531-10.8-4 Jennings: 45-546-12.1-4
OFFENSE 311.5 300.8
TAKE/GIVE -12 +1
DEFENSE 322.0 342.9
SACKS Wilkerson: 4.5 Griffen: 11 (2C)
INTs Jarrett: 2
  1. Smith: 4 (T1C)
PUNTING Quigley: 45.8 Locke: 43.9
KICKING Folk: 76 (16/16 PAT; 20/24 FG) Walsh: 83 (20/20 PAT; 21/25 FG)


JETS: In 7 career games vs. NFC, QB GENO SMITH has 1,438 pass yards & 10 total TDs (8 pass, 2 rush). Aims for 5th in row with TD pass vs. NFC…RB CHRIS JOHNSON led team with season-high 105 rush yards on 17 att. (6.2 avg.) last week. Has 2 rush TDs in 2 career meetings. Since entering NFL in 2008, ranks 2nd in NFL with 8,470 rush yards. In only career meeting (12/18/11 w/ NO), RB CHRIS IVORY rushed for 74 yards…WR PERCY HARVIN is 1 of 2 active NFL players with 20+ rec. TDs (20) & 5+ rush TDs (5). WR GREG SALAS scored 1st career TD last week (20-yard run)… JACE AMARO (Rd. 2, No. 49 overall) leads NFL rookie TEs in catches (34) & rec. yards (291)…LBs DEMARIO DAVIS & DAVID HARRIS are tied for team lead in tackles (90). Since 2007, Harris is 1 of 4 NFL players with 25+ sacks (27.5) & 6+ INTs (6). Last week, CB DARRIN WALLS posted 1st INT since 2011…VIKINGS: Rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER had career-high 120.7 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2 pass TDs…In past 7 at home, RB MATT ASIATA has 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.). RB JERICK MC KINNON is 2nd among NFC rookies with 538 rush yards…WR GREG JENNINGS & TE KYLE RUDOLPH each had TD catch last week. Jennings had 6 catches for 81 yards in last meeting (10/31/10 with GB). Rudolph has TD catch in 5 of past 9 games vs. AFC. WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in past 4 vs. AFC. WR CHARLES JOHNSON is averaging 18.6 yards per catch in past 2 (5 catches, 93 yards)…Vikings had 2 blocked-punt TDs last week, 1st team with 2 in 1 half since 1975 Lions. WR ADAM THIELEN had blocked punt & return TD. LB JASPER BRINKLEY had blocked punt & DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had return TD. Griffen had 2 sacks & has 9 sacks in past 8. Has 4.5 sacks & FF in past 3 vs. AFC. CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN had 41-yard INT-TD in last game vs. NYJ (12/15/13 with Car.). Since 2012, ranks 2nd in NFL with 4 INT-TDs & S HARRISON SMITH ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. LB CHAD GREENWAY had team-high 10 tackles in last meeting.