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TE MarQueis Gray - Miami Dolphins

6-3, 240Born: 11-7-1990College: MinnesotaDrafted: ---

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Week 15: at Minnesota Vikings

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Ryan Tannehill led the Dolphins to an improbable last-second victory over the Patriots, completing 14 of 19 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Tannehill was given credit for a touchdown on Kenyan Drake's 55-yard lateral touchdown, which boosted his stats tremendously. Tannehill has still yet to throw for 300+ yards, but he has thrown for multiple touchdowns in six of his eight starts and is completing 67% of his passes with a yards per attempt of 8.0. The Dolphins continue to run the ball a heavy amount, which limits Tannehill's opportunities in the passing game, so there is only so much that can be expected of him from week to week. Kenny Stills is coming off a monster game that saw him catch eight passes for 135 yards and a touchdown, but it was also the first time this year where he has caught at least five passes and he had a total of ten catches in his previous six games. If you are going to look for one Dolphins receiver to have a big game, Stills is your man, but they came so few and far between there is just no consistency there. DeVante Parker and Danny Amendola each had one catch apiece, and that sums up the Dolphins passing game perfectly. There is no rhyme or reason to who sees the targets from week to week. The Dolphins offensive line graded out as a bottom 20 unit prior to the season, but have really played well this season, allowing Tannehill to set a career mark for completion percentage and yards per attempt. The Dolphins face off against a Vikings secondary that is currently 6th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game at 226. They've been especially stingy over the last three games, holding opponents to 155.7 yards per game. Xavier Rhodes will most likely be matched up with DeVante Parker, but he could also see time covering Kenny Stills. Either way, this is not a week to play any Dolphins receiver. The Minnesota Vikings secondary has played at a high level this year, ranking fifth in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game at 215.6. They are also tied for the league lead in passing touchdowns allowed, matching the Jaguars with only 15 touchdowns allowed this season. They also own one of the best touchdown to interception ratios, with 15 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. The Vikings secondary has benefitted from their defensive line causing so much pressure up front, as the Vikings are tied for eighth in the league with 38 sacks this season. The Vikings have the defensive advantage against a Miami offense that slows the game down and tries to wear out the opposing team through a combination of early down rushes and play action. The Vikings are not the type of defense that can be beaten like this though, as they have a stout defensive front and their linebackers, led by Anthony Barr, are very good in coverage and at rushing the quarterback. Unless the Dolphins offense can find a way to make a couple big plays, they are going to have a long day trying to hold off an aggressive Vikings pass rush and a talented secondary that can match up with the Miami receivers with no problem.

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Schedule

15@ Minnesota Vikings
16vs Jacksonville Jaguars
17@ Buffalo Bills