The Miami Dolphins would much rather have a win than style points and the team’s victory over the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 of the NFL gambling action was just about as ugly a win as you get. Nonetheless, the team is 1-0, and tied for 1st in the AFC East with a division win to its credit as it heads into its Week 2 matchup against a very good Minnesota Vikings squad.
The Vikings are a favorite to reach the Super Bowl this season but are coming off a rough season opening loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints. This team still has plenty of work to do if wants to reach the high level of play from a season ago but that shouldn’t be a problem as QB Brett Favre gets more snaps.
The grandfather was unimpressive in his 2010 NFL betting odds debut completing juts 15 of 27 pass attempts for 171 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. On several occasions he missed wide open receivers in what could have resulted for big gains in the 9-14 loss to the Saints. The incompetency of the passing game head coach Brad Childress’ baffling decision not to give the ball to battering ram Adrian Peterson (19 carries for 87 yards) in the second half lost this game for the Vikings.
However, against a much less talented Dolphins team the Vikings shouldn’t have nearly as much trouble.
The Dolphins grinded out the ugly win on the back of RBs Ronnie Brown (65 yards 1 TD) and Ricky Williams (62 yards). Against the Vikings and their stout front 7 rushing yards won’t be so easy to come by and the Dolphins passing game is far from impressive. Second year starter Chad Henne (21-34, 182 yards) plays mistake free football but cannot be depended upon to win a game by himself. WR Brandon Marshall (8 catches for 53 yards vs. Buffalo) is the X-factor in this matchup and if can start clicking with Henne in this game it bodes well for the Fins.
More likely is that the Vikings will expose Miami’s weakness in the secondary and cruise to its first win of the season.