Vikings hold on for 24-16 win over Dolphins

MIAMI — If you believe in trap games, the Vikings’ Sunday matchup in Miami meets the criteria perfectly.

That The 4-1 Vikings are on a three-game winning streak and atop the NFC North. Quarterback Kirk Cousins leads the league in game-winning drives and Justin Jefferson has more receiving yards than anyone, despite two downs.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, have lost two in a row after a 3-0 start. Last weekend the New York Jets beat them 40-17. With their top two quarterbacks in the concussion protocol, they are plans to start rookie third-stringer Skylar Thompson.

In theory, the Vikings should have a leg on Sunday. But Vikings fans are all too familiar with an overconfident team falling on their faces.

To avoid the dreaded trap game, the Vikings will need to maintain the offensive success they’ve seen down the stretch. Even in their week dominated by the Packers – their most impressive win to date – they failed to score a touchdown in the second half.

They also need a better performance from their defense, which ranks 24th in yards given up (although only 14th in points given up). Soft coverage and a lack of an effective pass rush has allowed offenses to backfire as the Vikings appeared to have the win in hand. Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel has proven to be as effective an offensive mind as advertised, and even with a rookie QB, he’ll find ways to exploit Vikings defensive coordinator Ed Donatell’s scheme.

The game starts on Sunday noon at Follow the full action below.

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