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Cook carries Vikings past Dolphins 41-17

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) With a new play caller in place, the Minnesota Vikings recommitted to running the ball. And Dalvin Cook proved again his capability, when healthy, of taking over a game.

Cook had a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 19 carries for the Vikings, who stayed in control of a spot in the playoffs with a 41-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

''We just wanted to go out there and get back to playing like how we know we can play,'' Cook said.

Latavius Murray added 68 rushing yards and a score on 15 of the team's season-high 40 attempts. The Vikings (7-6-1) converted each of their first three drives under interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski into touchdowns, using a back-to-the-basics approach to build a big lead and lean on the defense down the stretch.

''He knows the type of guys he has around him,'' Cook said. ''We're going to give it 100 percent every play for him. He dialed it up today.''

Anthony Barr and Danielle Hunter each had two of the nine sacks of Ryan Tannehill , totaling 71 lost yards for the Dolphins (7-7). Miami came crashing down from the euphoria of defeating New England with that double-lateral 69-yard score on the final play last week capped by Kenyan Drake's race across the goal line.

Minkah Fitzpatrick returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and Kalen Ballage scored on a 75-yard run on the first snap of the second half to bring the Dolphins within 21-17. But on their next five possessions they netted a staggering minus-27 yards on 16 plays.

''We've got to look in the mirror and ask ourselves how we want to finish the season,'' Drake said.

Tannehill finished 11 for 24 for 108 yards, as the Dolphins took just their fifth loss in the last 17 games he has started and saw their wild-card bid in the AFC take an even bigger hit. Baltimore, Indianapolis and Tennessee all won to move to 8-6 and leave Miami in ninth place in the conference race.

''Obviously, things are out of our control at this point, but we've just got to keep playing,'' Tannehill said. ''Win the games we have left on our schedule, and whatever else happens is out of our hands.''

Though Chicago won the NFC North by beating Green Bay, the Vikings moved a critical step closer to returning to the postseason. With enough help, they could clinch the second wild-card spot next week.

Kirk Cousins threw touchdown passes to Stefon Diggs and Aldrick Robinson to make up for the pick-six. He went 14 for 21 for 215 yards for the Vikings, who posted their second-highest score in five years under coach Mike Zimmer.

QUICK START

The Vikings were held under 285 total yards at Seattle last week for the fourth time in their last five games, so Zimmer made a last-ditch move to try to salvage the season by firing first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and promoting Stefanski to replace him. One of Zimmer's public criticisms of DeFilippo in recent weeks had been a lack of consistent commitment to establishing a running attack.

''I think Kevin knew what I wanted,'' Zimmer said, complimenting Stefanski for acting ''calm and collected'' throughout the week and during the game.

The spark Zimmer sought was immediate, with the Vikings settling in nicely at home after two rough weeks on the road. They needed only 19 plays, keeping the ball on the ground 12 times, to cross the goal line on each of their first three possessions. Cousins, who has operated out of the shotgun for the majority of the season, was often under center while completing his first eight passes.

''We couldn't stop the run, and they were able to do all their play-actions off of that,'' a downcast Dolphins coach Adam Gase said. ''The last thing we needed to happen was to get behind like that.''

TELLING STATS

With 202 yards, the Vikings gained the highest first-quarter total in the NFL in a season filled with prolific production nearly everywhere. It was their most points in the opening 15 minutes since a 28-point output on Oct. 9, 2011, against Arizona.

Miami gave up 30-plus points for a sixth game this season and 400-plus yards for the ninth time this year.

SHERELS SHINES

The special teams were sharp as ever for Minnesota, too, with Dan Bailey making all five of his extra points and both field-goal tries. Marcus Sherels set up one of those kicks with a 70-yard punt return and totaled 116 yards on five returns.

INJURY REPORT

Dolphins: Frank Gore, the NFL's active rushing leader, hurt his left ankle on the second-to-last play of the first quarter and didn't return. ... Fitzpatrick, the first-round pick who was drafted as a safety, started at CB for Xavien Howard for the second straight game. Howard, who entered the week tied for the league lead with seven interceptions, has a knee injury. ... Backup DT Ziggy Hood (hamstring) limped off the field at the end of the third quarter.

Vikings: Backup TE David Morgan (knee) returned from a four-game absence. CB Trae Waynes (concussion) was back after missing the last game.

UP NEXT

Dolphins: Host Jacksonville (4-10) next Sunday.

Vikings: Play at Detroit (5-9) next Sunday.

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Key Players
K. Ballage 27 RB
123 RuYds, RuTD, -2 ReYds, REC
18
FPTS
D. Cook 33 RB
136 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 27 ReYds, REC
27
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:49
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
17
41
Touchdown 7:49
D.Cook left guard for 21 yards TOUCHDOWN.
1
plays
16
yds
00:09
pos
17
40
Point After TD 9:54
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile. PENALTY on MIA-D.Godchaux Leverage 15 yards enforced between downs.
plays
yds
pos
17
34
Touchdown 9:54
K.Cousins pass deep middle to A.Robinson for 40 yards TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
55
yds
2:04
pos
17
33
Field Goal 13:05
D.Bailey 34 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
9
plays
57
yds
4:35
pos
17
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 8:44
D.Bailey 36 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
4
plays
4
yds
1:19
pos
17
24
Point After TD 14:49
J.Sanders extra point is GOOD Center-J.Denney Holder-M.Haack.
plays
yds
pos
17
21
Touchdown 14:49
K.Ballage right tackle for 75 yards TOUCHDOWN.
1
plays
75
yds
00:11
pos
16
21
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:18
J.Sanders 25 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Denney Holder-M.Haack.
14
plays
61
yds
6:03
pos
10
21
Point After TD 7:44
J.Sanders extra point is GOOD Center-J.Denney Holder-M.Haack.
plays
yds
pos
7
21
Touchdown 7:53
K.Cousins pass short left intended for S.Diggs INTERCEPTED by M.Fitzpatrick at 50. M.Fitzpatrick for 50 yards TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
6
21
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:32
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
0
21
Touchdown 1:32
L.Murray left tackle for 18 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
70
yds
3:38
pos
0
20
Point After TD 6:21
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 6:21
D.Cook left end for 13 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
60
yds
2:59
pos
0
13
Point After TD 11:40
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-K.McDermott Holder-M.Wile.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 11:40
K.Cousins pass short right to S.Diggs for 13 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
76
yds
3:20
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 26:44 33:16
1st Downs 12 22
Rushing 6 10
Passing 6 10
Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Conv 2-12 5-13
4th Down Conv 0-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 193 418
Total Plays 53 63
Avg Gain 3.6 6.6
Net Yards Rushing 156 220
Rush Attempts 20 40
Avg Rush Yards 7.8 5.5
Net Yards Passing 37 198
Comp. - Att. 11-24 14-21
Yards Per Pass 1.5 9.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 9-71 2-17
Penalties - Yards 8-49 6-45
Touchdowns 1 5
Rushing TDs 1 3
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 7-30.7 3-39.7
Return Yards 53 140
Punts - Returns 2-8 5-116
Kickoffs - Returns 2-45 1-24
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 3/3 7/7
Extra Points 2/2 5/5
Field Goals 1/1 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 0-1 -0% 4-6 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-1 -0% 0-0 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Dolphins 7-7 0107017
Vikings 7-6-1 21031741
37 PASS YDS 198
156 RUSH YDS 220
193 TOTAL YDS 418
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
R. Tannehill 17 QB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
45.8% 108 0 0 59.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.7% 1686 16 6 100.6
R. Tannehill 11/24 108 0 0 4
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Ballage 27 RB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 123 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 134 1
K. Ballage 12 123 1 75 18
F. Gore 21 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
156 722 0
F. Gore 5 14 0 10 1
B. Bolden 38 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 82 2
B. Bolden 1 12 0 12 1
K. Drake 32 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
103 469 4
K. Drake 1 6 0 6 2
R. Tannehill 17 QB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 114 0
R. Tannehill 1 1 0 1 4
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Amendola 80 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 3 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 52 509 1
D. Amendola 8 3 30 0 18 3
K. Drake 32 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 28 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 44 394 5
K. Drake 3 3 28 0 13 2
M. Gesicki 86 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 23 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 179 0
M. Gesicki 3 2 23 0 14 2
K. Stills 10 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 521 6
K. Stills 3 1 17 0 17 1
B. Butler 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 60 1
B. Butler 3 1 12 0 12 1
D. Parker 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 22 296 1
D. Parker 1 0 0 0 0 0
N. O'Leary 83 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 86 1
N. O'Leary 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Ballage 27 RB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 -2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 16 0
K. Ballage 1 1 -2 0 -2 18
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
M. Fitzpatrick 29 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
45-28 2 0.0
M. Fitzpatrick 6-0 0.0 1 0
T. McDonald 22 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
63-22 3 0.0
T. McDonald 5-0 0.0 0 0
B. McCain 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-11 1 2.0
B. McCain 5-0 0.0 0 0
R. Jones 20 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
50-12 2 0.0
R. Jones 4-0 0.0 0 0
J. Baker 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
46-22 1 2.0
J. Baker 3-2 0.0 0 0
K. Alonso 47 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
79-42 3 0.0
K. Alonso 3-2 0.0 0 0
R. McMillan 52 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
60-28 0 0.0
R. McMillan 3-3 0.0 0 0
Z. Hood 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
Z. Hood 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Quinn 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-12 0 5.0
R. Quinn 2-0 1.0 0 0
T. McTyer 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-7 0 0.0
T. McTyer 2-0 0.0 0 0
C. Harris 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-10 0 0.0
C. Harris 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Godchaux 56 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-15 0 1.0
D. Godchaux 1-2 1.0 0 0
S. Williams 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-6 0 0.0
S. Williams 1-3 0.0 0 0
A. Branch 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-7 0 1.0
A. Branch 1-1 0.0 0 0
C. Wake 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-14 0 4.0
C. Wake 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Spence 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-18 0 2.0
A. Spence 0-3 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Sanders 7 K
5
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
17/18 32/33
J. Sanders 1/1 25 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Haack 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 50.1 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
76 45.1 31
M. Haack 7 50.1 0 63
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Drake 32 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 22.5 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 22.3 25 0
K. Drake 2 22.5 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Amendola 80 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 5.4 12 0
D. Amendola 2 4.0 8 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 215 2 1 112.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.5% 3913 26 10 99.0
K. Cousins 14/21 215 2 1 18
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Cook 33 RB
27
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 136 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
106 503 2
D. Cook 19 136 2 26 27
L. Murray 25 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 68 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
129 538 6
L. Murray 15 68 1 18 12
S. Diggs 14 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 62 0
S. Diggs 1 9 0 9 10
K. Cousins 8 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
42 115 1
K. Cousins 5 7 0 3 18
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Conklin 83 TE
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 53 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 77 0
T. Conklin 3 2 53 0 33 5
S. Diggs 14 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 49 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 92 964 7
S. Diggs 7 4 49 1 17 10
A. Robinson 17 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 44 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 231 5
A. Robinson 2 2 44 1 40 10
D. Cook 33 RB
27
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 249 2
D. Cook 2 1 27 0 27 27
K. Rudolph 82 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 23 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 51 493 2
K. Rudolph 3 3 23 0 12 2
A. Thielen 19 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 105 1255 9
A. Thielen 2 2 19 0 14 1
L. Treadwell 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 34 295 1
L. Treadwell 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Barr 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-13 0 3.0
A. Barr 5-2 2.0 0 0
D. Hunter 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-19 0 14.0
D. Hunter 4-1 2.0 0 0
M. Alexander 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-7 0 4.0
M. Alexander 3-0 1.0 0 0
E. Griffen 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-7 0 4.0
E. Griffen 3-0 1.0 0 0
B. Gedeon 42 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-16 0 0.0
B. Gedeon 3-1 0.0 0 0
E. Kendricks 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
63-45 2 1.0
E. Kendricks 3-3 1.0 0 0
X. Rhodes 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-4 1 0.0
X. Rhodes 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Harris 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-12 3 0.0
A. Harris 2-1 0.0 0 0
S. Richardson 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-23 0 4.0
S. Richardson 2-1 1.0 0 0
E. Wilson 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-5 0 1.0
E. Wilson 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Waynes 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-7 1 0.0
T. Waynes 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Johnson 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-7 0 4.0
T. Johnson 1-0 1.0 0 0
H. Smith 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
55-16 3 3.0
H. Smith 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Weatherly 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-10 0 3.0
S. Weatherly 1-1 0.0 0 0
L. Joseph 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-21 0 1.0
L. Joseph 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
11
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 5/5
SEASON FG XP
18/25 26/27
D. Bailey 2/2 36 5/5 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Wile 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 42.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
61 44.4 24
M. Wile 3 42.3 0 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Abdullah 31 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 24.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 26.1 33 0
A. Abdullah 1 24.0 24 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Sherels 35 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 23.2 70 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 12.0 70 0
M. Sherels 5 23.2 70 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:40 MIA 18 2:20 4 15 Punt
6:21 MIA 25 1:11 3 1 Punt
1:32 MIA 25 3:47 6 31 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:17 MIA 32 6:03 14 61 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIA 25 0:11 1 75 TD
13:40 MIN 25 3:41 5 4 Punt
8:40 MIA 25 1:06 3 -3 Punt
4:19 MIN 31 1:43 3 -10 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:01 MIA 25 1:03 3 -9 Punt
9:54 MIA 25 1:56 4 -9 Downs
7:49 MIA 21 3:43 8 22 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 24 3:20 6 76 TD
9:20 MIN 40 2:59 6 60 TD
5:10 MIN 30 3:38 7 70 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:45 MIN 20 5:01 10 33 INT
7:44 MIN 25 1:27 3 5 Punt
0:14 MIN 25 0:14 1 2 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:49 MIN 25 1:09 3 6 Punt
9:59 MIA 21 1:19 4 4 FG
7:34 MIN 32 3:15 5 3 Punt
2:36 MIN 27 4:35 9 57 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:58 MIN 45 2:04 4 55 TD
7:58 MIA 16 0:09 1 16 TD
4:06 MIA 43 4:06 6 15 Game