Chris Perkins: Five things to watch for in Dolphins’ game vs. Vikings

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Chris Perkins: Five things to watch for in Dolphins’ game vs. Vikings

The 3-2 Miami Dolphins will face the Minnesota Vikings (4-1) at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday in Week 6 of the season; here are some keys to the game to watch for:

It’s rookie Skylar Thompson starting at quarterback, not veteran Teddy Bridgewater, as many expected. We’ll see whether Thompson can get wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle the ball consistently. It’s the key to a successful offense. Yes, the running game had its best outing last Sunday with Raheem Mostert rushing for 113 yards, but the Dolphins only scored two touchdowns. It’ll be up to Thompson to get the ball to Hill and Waddle where they can get yards after the catch or to hit them deep, and Thompson has shown he has the arm strength to throw deep and accurate passes.

Still, everything will be a challenge for the rookie seventh-round pick, including being settled in the pocket. For that to happen, pass protection must improve. Thompson had 16 quarterback hits along with two sacks in the 40-17 loss at the New York Jets. And if the Vikings play a two-deep safety alignment such as the Cincinnati Bengals and the Jets, the Dolphins must figure multiple ways to get the ball to Hill and Waddle, which is probably a priority this Sunday.

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