To start this afternoon's game at Sun Life Stadium against the Miami Dolphins, the Minnesota Vikings won the coin toss and opted to defer to the second half, giving Ryan Tannehill and company the football first. The kickoff from Blair Walsh went into the end zone for a touchback, so the Dolphins started out on their own 20-yard line. The Vikings appeared to have a three-and-out on the Dolphins' first series, but a defensive holding penalty on Tom Johnson allowed the drive to continue. The Dolphins slowly moved the ball down the field, and a short pass to Lamar Miller led to an 18-yard gain that moved Miami into Minnesota territory at the 38. Andrew Sendejo, who started at safety for the injured Robert Blanton, was injured on the play and is listed as questionable to return.
The Dolphins had moved themselves into field goal range, but a sack courtesy of Sharrif Floyd and Chad Greenway on third down pushed them back. The Dolphins called on Caleb Sturgis to attempt a 56-yard field goal, but the kick was no good, giving the Vikings good field position at their own 46-yard line to start the drive.
The Vikings quickly found themselves in Miami territory on their first drive, as Teddy Bridgewater found Jarius Wright on the team's first third down for a 20-yard pass down to the Miami 31-yard line. A carry from Matt Asiata moved the ball down to the 21, and a couple more carries by Asiata (with a pass to him mixed in) set the Vikings up with first-and-goal from the Miami 7-yard line. The Vikings kept feeding Asiata, and he rewarded them with a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Vikings on the board first, with the Blair Walsh extra point putting the Vikings ahead 7-0.
The Dolphins started their next drive from their own 19-yard line, and got a quick first down on a carry by Lamar Miller. The Vikings pushed the Dolphins into a third down situation, but a big pass from Ryan Tannehill to Damien Williams moved the Dolphins into Minnesota territory at the 44-yard line. However, the Dolphins could get no more, as a dropped interception by Harrison Smith brought up fourth down, and this time the Dolphins elected to punt the ball away. The punt by Brandon Fields went through the end zone for a touchback, and the Vikings started their second drive from their own 20.
As we move to the second quarter of play, the Vikings are looking at a 2nd-and-3 from their own 41-yard line, holding a 7-0 lead. Can they keep it up into the second quarter of play?