Dolphins 14 Vikings 10
They bent, but didn't break. When adversity hit, the Dolphins defense we have become accustomed to in recent years was nowhere to be found. Two lost fumbles and another lackluster performance on offense, begged the Vikings to come back and win that game at home.
But when a play needed to be made, it was the defense that answered the call. They produced a score of their own, Jason Allen continued to defy logic with two interceptions, a goal-line stand prevented Minnesota from taking the lead late into the fourth quarter, and when Brett Favre, the king of game winning fourth quarter drives, had the ball with under two minutes remaining, the young Dolphins defense rose to the occasion, and put the exlamation point on Miami's first 2-0 start since 2002.
Sure, Adrian Peterson got his numbers, and almost single handedly won that game for the Vikings, but he's going to do that against everyone. He's a freak. There were certain plays when the Dolphins could have tackled better, contained the edge better, and took better angles on Peterson, but they did what they had to, when they had to do it.
No, it wasn't pretty at times, but it didn't have to be. Do you realize that the Dolphins just knocked off a team that hasn't lost a home game since 2008? They just beat a Super Bowl caliber team who was desperate for a win after dropping to 0-1 last week.
Maybe it's still too early to tell if the Dolphins are for real contenders. But the way this defense is playing right now, they can compete with anyone in this league, and there isn't a team out there they can't beat. Now, just imagine if the offense can begin to live up to it's potential. It's still early, though. It's no time to marvel at how far this team has come. Vontae Davis said it best: "We got the Jets next week, we got to go back to work."
More evaluation on this game to come tomorrow. You can see the full box score right here.
Game Ball: Jason Allen, CB, 11 tackles, 2 interceptions, 3 passes defensed