Dolphins chances at playoffs fleeting after 41-17 painful loss to Vikings

47 yards passing.

Nine sacks given up with Ryan Tannehill on his back.

One 75 yard TD run.

One 57 yard interception return for a touchdown.

Final score, Vikings 41 Dolphins 17.

A lot of these statistical points really don’t paint the entire picture in this Dolphins loss, but the end result is more alarming than anything.

Just when the Dolphins bus pulled into US Bank stadium the Dolphins defense put the Vikings on top 21-0, in the first quarter.

Down 21-0 in the second quarter, defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick added to his already impressive rookie campaign, a pick-6 and celebrated by doing his own version of the “Skol” chant with defensive end Andre Branch and a few of his defensive teammates.

The play ignited the Dolphins defense to shut out the Vikings for nearly a quarter and vaulted the Dolphins offense to begin to turn the tide and possess the ball to end the second half and led to a second half opening TD run with rookie running back Kalen Ballage.

Ballage demonstrated his ability to run downhill and go untouched for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Ballage finished with 132 yards on the ground, the Dolphins lone bright spot offensively.

The rest is pretty much a failure of understanding the moment with the special teams unit allowing the Vikings a punt return for 60 yards after being down only 7, 24-17.

In all, nine sacks allowed, a pitiful passing game, and a horrible defensive effort.

The Dolphins this week can’t be worse or can they versus the Jaguars a team that has underachieved on so many levels.

As the Dolphins look to win at home versus the Jaguars, they need to be focusing on finishing the season strong at 9-7 and maybe give their coach, Adam Gase a chance to remain for one more year in Miami.

This next game, means more than any one game because the Dolphins are still alive for the playoffs, for now.

Photo credit (AP)

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