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DAVIE Jerome Baker Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Ryan Tannehill gave a verbal thumbs-up Wednesday regarding the health of his shoulder, as he has done daily since rejoining the Miami Dolphins‘ lineup last week.He literally made that gesture to the bench a couple of times during Sunday's loss at Indianapolis , Tannehill's first game in seven weeks. He was responding to inquiries via headset from coach Adam Gase."Sometimes Gase will pop in my helmet and just make sure everything is all right," Tannehill said with a smile. "He's like my mom, like, ‘Are you OK?'" Physically Tannehill is OK, yes. Returning from an injury to the capsule in his throwing shoulder, he said the pain is manageable and not as bad as last week. He's wearing a shoulder harness on the field but said his play isn't affected by the injury. He participated fully in practice Wednesday, which is more than he did last week.But aside from his health, things are very much in doubt. Tannehill's streak of never taking a snap in the postseason will likely continue, with the Dolphins (5-6) trying to brake a downward spiral when they face Buffalo (4-7) on Sunday.Beyond this year, the 30-year-old Tannehill's future is very much in doubt. His contract balloons to $18.7 million in base salary in 2019, when he would count $26.6 million against the salary cap, which could compel the Dolphins to seek a cheaper, younger alternative at quarterback.Now 40-43 as a starter, Tannehill said he hasn't been given any assurances beyond this season. He might need to play well in the final five weeks to keep his job."I don't know what the agenda is, but that's my goal — to go play well and lead this team to wins," he said. "I don't try to think about things I can't control; just go out and control what I can control and play as best I can."He played well last week and ranks 15th in the NFL with passer rating of 97.2, which would be a career high. But he's leading an injury-riddled offense, which makes Tannehill's job — and any evaluation of him — more difficult.The line is in patchwork shape, and explosive, versatile receivers Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant have been sidelined for the season. Gase conceded play-calling options are more limited without Wilson and Grant."There's a little bit of change there," Gase said. "We did a lot of different things with those two guys. Those two guys were able to be in the backfield, in the slot, outside. They just had a lot of variety. Now we have taller guys that are more long-striders. It's not so much the initial quickness-type things that those two guys had."Tannehill's not one to complain about a lack of support, but he could point out the Dolphins went 2-3 without him, which helped create the hole they're in.Seven teams in the AFC have a better record, leaving the Dolphins and their quarterback with little margin for error in December."Yeah, the margin is small," Tannehill said. "We have to go out and we have to win. That's what it is. There's not a whole lot of sugarcoating it."Otherwise, it will be thumbs down on 2018. MINNEAPOLIS 鈥?When Miami running back Kenyan Drake completed his sidewinding path through New England‘s prevent defense and crossed the goal line on the game’s final play last week, the Dolphins and their fans went wild with delight.Not only did they defeat those long-despised Patriots and prevent them from clinching the division title Mike Gesicki Jersey , but they did so with one of the most improbable touchdowns this unpredictable sport can produce. Now, after pulling off that pass-toss-toss-run sequence that covered 69 yards for a 34-33 victory in Miami, the Dolphins have to hit the road to Minnesota.More Vikings coverageTop Tweets: Minnesota teams send best wishes to GophersVikings sign veteran guard KlineVikings agree to terms with kicker Dan BaileyVikings add RB depth, re-sign Ameer AbdullahFormer Vikings guard Easton agrees to four-year deal with SaintsThey’ll face a sputtering Vikings team trying to keep hold of a spot in the playoffs in one of the NFL’s most daunting stadiums for opponents. But their greatest challenge might actually be figuring out how to move past the euphoria of that astounding finish and rekindle anew the emotional energy they’ll need for another win.“Honestly, I’m just trying to turn the page and get ready for Minnesota,” said quarterback Ryan Tannehill, whose throw to Kenny Stills near midfield preceded a lateral to DeVante Parker and another one to Drake, who raced the remaining 52 yards for the score. “It was a pretty high high there, and a lot of hoopla around it, but at the end of the day, we still have a lot of work to do in this season.”The winning touchdown was quickly branded as the “Miami Miracle ,” which sure sounds familiar to Minnesota.The Vikings, of course, beat New Orleans in their divisional-round playoff game last season on a last-play, 61-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs made possible when Saints safety Marcus Williams whiffed on his tackle attempt to allow Diggs to pivot and speed away through the open field.The following week, with the prospect of playing the Super Bowl on home turf tantalizingly close, the Vikings fell flat in the NFC championship game in Philadelphia. Months after the 38-7 loss to the Eagles, coach Mike Zimmer acknowledged he underestimated the emotional toll even in victory that the “Minneapolis Miracle” might have had on his players.Asked this week about the key to keeping a team grounded coming off such an exhilarating game, Zimmer said, “I’m not going to tell them that.”This time, it’s up to Dolphins coach Adam Gase to figure that out.“We really don’t have a choice. We’re in survival mode, as far as every game is big for us. We have to do everything we can to try to win this one,” Gase said. “We don’t have time to get caught up in last week.”Here are some other key angles to follow for the game:PLAYOFF PICTUREThe Dolphins (7-6), before the tiebreaking criteria comes into play, are even with Baltimore, Indianapolis and Tennessee for the AFC’s second wild-card spot. Though the Dolphins are still alive in the AFC East, the Patriots have a two-game lead with only three games left.The Vikings (6-6-1) still control the second wild-card spot in the NFC despite losing three of their last four games, ahead of three 6-7 teams: Carolina, Philadelphia and Washington. Chicago will clinch the NFC North title with one more win, or one more loss by the Vikings.7View Gallery Gallery:Upon Further Review: Vikings at SeahawksAP | The Tacoma News TribuneTANNEHILL TAKING OFFSince returning from a shoulder injury, Tannehill has posted a 100-plus passer rating in three consecutive games, the longest such streak of his career. His 105.7 rating for the season would be the second best in team history behind Dan Marino (108.9) in 1984 when the Dolphins reached the Super Bowl.“The goal is just to constantly improve Cameron Wake Jersey ,” Tannehill said. “Learning from your past mistakes, and with where I’m at in my career, I feel like I should be playing my best football. I think I’m playing solid football. Obviously I still have room for improvement and want to keep pushing myself to keep playing better.”The 30-year-old Tannehill’s salary cap hit in 2019 would be $26.6 million, leaving the franchise a decision whether to bring him back next year. He has a 12-4 record in his past 16 starts, but has had a series of injuries in his career.“They’re a different offense with him in there, without a doubt,” Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards said.WELCOME ADDITIONSRunning back Brandon Bolden and wide receiver Brice Butler, both unemployed at the end of training camp, have given Gase’s offense a needed boost.Bolden, fourth on the depth chart behind Drake, Frank Gore and Kalen Ballage, had touchdown runs of 54 yards and 6 yards in his only carries last week against his former team. Butler caught a 23-yard pass for his first score of the year. Both players were picked up by the Dolphins after being discarded elsewhere, Bolden by the Patriots and Butler by Dallas. They’ve helped stem the loss of multi-purpose threats Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant to season-ending injuries.“It’s not easy to do,” Tannehill said, “but you have to give credit to coach Gase and his ‘evil genius’ mind of just figuring out ways to keep the advantage and keep moving guys around and use guys to the best of their ability.”SEEING DOUBLEAfter topping 100 receiving yards in each of the first eight games for the Vikings, Adam Thielen has reached that mark only once in the last five games with an increased presence by opposing safeties around both him and wide receiver Stefon Diggs.“Whether it’s one guy guarding us or two guys guarding us,” Thielen said, “we have to get open.”STILL SINGLEThe Vikings can only win a maximum of nine regular-season games this year, leaving them short of double digits for the 13th time in 18 seasons since coach Dennis Green was fired. They got there in 2017 (13-3) and 2015 (11-5) with Zimmer, in 2012 under coach Leslie Frazier (10-6), and in 2009 (12-4) and 2008 (10-6) under coach Brad Childress.7View Gallery Gallery:PHOTOS: Vikings at SeahawksAP | Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved.—MIAMI (7-6) at MINNESOTA (6-6-1)Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, CBSOPENING LINE 鈥?Vikings by 8RECORD VS. SPREAD 鈥?Miami 8-5, Minnesota 6-6-1SERIES RECORD 鈥擠olphins lead 8-4LAST MEETING 鈥?Dolphins beat Vikings 37-35, Dec. 21, 2014LAST WEEK 鈥?Dolphins beat Patriots 34-33; Vikings lost to Seahawks 21-7AP PRO32 RANKING 鈥?Dolphins No. 15, Vikings No. 13DOLPHINS OFFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (29), RUSH (18), PASS (27)DOLPHINS DEFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (29), RUSH (29T), PASS (25)VIKINGS OFFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (17), RUSH (30) Jason Taylor Jersey , PASS (8)VIKINGS DEFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (5), RUSH (13), PASS (5)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES 鈥?Dolphins have won three straight against Vikings, whose last win in series was 20-17 on Dec. 21, 2002, on Gary Anderson’s 53-yard field goal at Metrodome with 17 seconds left. … Ryan Tannehill’s 105.7 passer rating would be second best in Dolphins history behind Dan Marino’s 108.9 in 1984. Tannehill has posted 100-plus rating in past three games, longest such streak of his career. Dolphins are 12-4 in past 16 games Tannehill has played. … Dolphins lead NFL with a 20-6 record (76.9 percent) in one-score games since 2016. … Dolphins allowing points on 79.2 percent of opponent red-zone opportunities, second best among inside-20 defenses in league. … Dolphins are second in NFL with 19 interceptions and tied for third with 25 takeaways. … Dolphins averaged 9.2 yards per play last week, second best in team history. … Kenyan Drake’s winning score on final snap against Patriots last week was his fifth TD reception this year 鈥?it came after two laterals 鈥?to tie team RB record. That play, covering 69 yards, was longest from scrimmage to win game with no time remaining since 1970 AFL/NFL merger. … Vikings play first game under interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, replacing John DeFilippo. In last three losses, all on road, Vikings have averaged just 274 yards and 12 points per game. … Over last four games, Vikings have total of 21 first-half points. … Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, in last four games, has three of his five sub-90 passer ratings of season. … Vikings WR Adam Thielen, who leads league with 103 catches, has 50 receptions for 580 yards and four TDs in six home games this year. … Vikings’ defense held Seahawks QB Russell Wilson last week to lowest passer rating of seven-year career, 37.9. … Vikings DE Danielle Hunter, tied for third in NFL with 12陆 sacks, has matched career high. … Fantasy tip: Vikings RB Dalvin Cook had 83 total yards and TD catch at Seahawks last week. In six career home games, Cook has 660 total yards and three TDs. In last five road games, Dolphins have allowed 628 total yards and five TDs to opponent’s lead RB (Marlon Mack, Aaron Jones, Lamar Miller, Joe Mixon, Sony Michel).

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