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Where are my heart medications? Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota 14-10

I rarely have seen a football team try to lose a game so many different ways, and not succeed. Today’s game between the Dolphins and Vikings was a classic but in a bad way.

With a little over 6:00 to go in the 3rd period, Miami was up 14-0. The Dolphin defense had shut down Minnesota’s offense, and had scored a touchdown also after recovering a Bret Favre fumble in the end zone.

As for Miami’s offense, they scored a touchdown on their first possession of the game. The Dolphins also had no turnovers for the first 38 minutes of play.

Chad Henne was 9 for 15 with no interceptions. Brandon Marshall hauled in a 46-yard pass on the Dolphins first play from scrimmage. Brian Hartline caught three passes, one of which was Miami’s only touchdown.

Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams ran for 110 yards combined against one of the best rush defenses in the 2009 NFL season.

That’s the good news offensively. Miami only controlled the football for approximately 24 minutes in the game and other than the opening drive, scored no points. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams both made critical fumbles. The one by Ricky set up the Vikings touchdown.

Bottom line- Miami’s win was defensively based even though Adrian Peterson ran for over 140 yards against them. They intercepted Bret Favre 3 times, and made him fumble one more. These were the most turnovers by Favre in a single game since the 2008 NFL season finale–against the Miami Dolphins. Favre was with the Jets then.

Miami stopped the Vikings at the 1-yard line. They intercepted two of Favre’s passes inside the five.

Minnesota drove inside the Dolphins 30 twice in the last three minutes of the game and were unable to score.

Cornerback Jason Allen was on the receiving end of two Favre INTS. Is Allen who I and most everyone else have regarded as a draft bust(He was the Fins 1st round selection in 2006) for real or was today a mirage. Favre is a 40-year-old QB and has looked it so far this season.

Miami plays the New York Jets at home next weekend. So far the fins are 2-0 but I remain skeptical about this season.

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