The Minnesota Vikings (0-1) host the Miami Dolphins (1-0) Sunday at 1pm eastern. There’s going to be a lot of blitzes by Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and good number of looks out of the wildcat formation by Miami’s offense. Several players are due for big games including Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall, who racked up just eight catches for 53 yards in the win against the Bills last Sunday.
In an effort to give fans a solid preview from both a Miami perspective and a Minnesota perspective I, Jeremiah Thermidor, your Miami Dolphins Examiner and Joe Oberle, the Minnesota Vikings examiner, have teamed up to provide you with a glimpse of what’s to come Sunday.
Joe asked me the five biggest questions Minnesota has concerning the Dolphins coming into the game and I asked Joe five of the most important questions concerning the Vikings. Below are Joe’s answers to my questions. To view my answers to Minnesota Vikings Examiner Joe Oberle’s questions click on the following link (Dolphins-Vikings Q&A part 2).
Jeremiah Thermidor: Vikings receiver Greg Camarillo was traded from Miami to Minnesota in the preseason for cornerback Benny Sapp. Do Vikings fans feel they got the shorter end of the stick or vice-versa?
Joe Oberle: Vikings fans thought it was a good trade until a couple days later when cornerback Chris Cook when down with a knee injury. Cook was slated to start at right cornerback and it was a position of depth until the injury. Suddenly, the Vikings were thin at that position. For the most part it was a good trade, but the Vikings would like to see Camarillo with his good hands in the game and contributing (which didn’t happen much against New Orleans). We figure to see a bigger contribution from Camarillo against Miami.
Jeremiah Thermidor: Minnesota owner Zygi Wilf said that the organization has built a team which is expected to reach the Super Bowl this season. To avoid falling into a 0 and 2 slump, is the matchup against the Dolphins a must win?
Joe Oberle: Some believe it is a must win. I would say it is darn close. Teams have come from 0-2 to win the Super Bowl (the last team to do it was the New York Giants in 2008), but the Vikings don’t want to be the next one. They have a tough schedule in the first half of the season, and going down 0-2 (with one loss coming at home where they won all their games last season) might be a tough hole to dig out of. The Vikings lost a winnable game last week, and they are looking to square their record on Sunday.
Jeremiah Thermidor: The Vikings failed to score in the second half in last week’s loss to the Saints. Do you agree or disagree with the speculation that Brett Favre’s age came into play late in the game. If not, what type of game does Favre need to have this week to shut the mouths of his critics?
Joe Oberle: I don’t believe it was so much his age as much as it was his him not being in camp early enough to get on the same page with his receivers. Granted Sidney Rice was hurt and Percy Harvin was out due to illness, but he could have been in camp to develop some timing and chemistry with Bernard Berrian and Greg Lewis, even Adrian Peterson out of the backfield. Favre started slow last season (but against opponents who were inferior to New Orleans and Miami), but the critics will get louder and more critical of his offseason indecision if he doesn’t have a better game passing the ball than last week.
Jeremiah Thermidor: Dolphins fans believe Miami receiver Brandon Marshall is due for a huge game like he had last year when he broke the NFL single game receptions record against the Colts? If it isn’t Marshall, what individual player concerns the Vikings the most?
Joe Oberle: Brandon Marshall is certainly on the defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier’s radar. The cornerback position has been a big question mark since training camp (although they did well last week against the Saints), and Marshall, at 6′ 4″, 230 lbs., presents quite a challenge to the Vikings’ undersized starters at corner. But they can’t sleep on Ronnie Brown. He is a powerful runner who will be a handful, even for the Vikings’ tough run defense.
Jeremiah Thermidor: Should the Miami Dolphins be concerned about the noise in the Metrodome or is all the hype surrounding the stadium overrated?
Joe Oberle: It isn’t hype; it is loud, and like any dome certainly can tough to deal with. I figure that there are enough domes in the NFL that teams have gotten better at coping with the noise. If it was a playoff game, I would say the Dolphins are in for a bit of a shock. But it is the opening home game and the fans have not had a chance to scream for their team since they defeated the Dallas Cowboys in convincing fashion last January. All I can say is, Jeremiah, if you are going to be in attendance, you might want to bring some ear plugs.
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