Dolphins Game Preview: Week 15 vs. Vikings

The Dolphins will bring a 1-5 record on the road into Minnesota against the Vikings on Sunday

The Miami Dolphins will try and build on last week's big victory when they visit the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Miami beat the New England Patriots as time expired last Sunday, with a nifty play involving multiple laterals. The Dolphins could not afford a loss to the Patriots and now will need a rare road win. Miami remains alive in the playoff race with a 7-6 record, but it could need to win every game remaining. That could be a difficult task though, as the Dolphins are only 1-5 when playing away from Miami in 2018.

Kenyan Drake has four touchdowns in Miami's last three contests and all but one of those have come via the passing game. Drake has struggled to put together many yards on the ground, while splitting the running back duties with Frank Gore. Things may not get any easier against Minnesota, as it has the 12th best rushing defense in the National Football League.

Ryan Tannehill has done a fine job since returning from an injury, with a passer rating over 100 in three straight games. The Dolphins are 2-1 since Tannehill's return and his production has been a big reason why. Tannehill has 8 touchdowns and one interception in the last three games.

Xavien Howard is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game, which means the Dolphins will likely be without their best weapon on defense once again. Howard missed last week's game due to minor knee surgery and remains tied for the NFL lead in interceptions with seven. New England compiled 358 yards in the air against Miami's defense last week, which was a season-high for QB Tom Brady.

In addition to Howard, the Dolphins listed T.J. McDonald as questionable on their injury report. McDonald is battling an ankle injury and was limited in practice this week.

The Dolphins and Vikings will take the field on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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