New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) pulls down Miami Dolphins quarterback Skylar Thompson (19) during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Dolphins look to get back on track against Vikings

Following a loss to the Jets, the Miami Dolphins (3-2) are looking to get back on track as they host the Minnesota Vikings (4-1) Sunday. This marks the first time this season that the Dolphins will be facing a NFC opponent.

Skylar Thompson gets his first start

With quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater both in concussion protocol, the Dolphins will turn to rookie seventh round pick Skylar Thompson on Sunday. This will be the rookie quarterback’s first start of his NFL career.

Thompson came in relief last week for Teddy Bridgewater, who left the game on the opening drive. Thompson was 19/33 for 166 yards and one interception.

Despite his performance, Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said he believes Thompson will be better prepared after a full week practicing with the starters. McDaniel also acknowledged that although Thompson is starting this weekend, that does not mean he is the number two quarterback behind Tagovailoa.

Bridgewater is the team’s backup quarterback, however, McDaniel said he wanted this week’s starter to practice every day with the first unit. Since Bridgewater is still going through concussion protocol, McDaniel gave the start to Thompson.

Dolphins Xavien Howard Returns From Injury

Although the Fins will be without their starting quarterback, they will be getting a major boost on defense as cornerback Xavien Howard returns from injury. Howard missed the Dolphins’ previous game against the Jets with a groin injury.

Howard is arguably the most important member of the Dolphins defense, as he has led the team in interceptions each of the past two seasons. In fact, Howard was the NFL’s leader in interceptions in 2020 with ten.

Dolphins prepare for NFL’s receiving leader

Howard’s return is critical for the Dolphins as they prepare to face Justin Jefferson and the Vikings. Jefferson had a monster game last week against the Chicago Bears, as he hauled in 12 receptions for 154 yards in the Vikings win. That was enough for him to surpass Cooper Kupp as the NFL’s receiving leader.

The Dolphins and Vikings are set to kickoff Sunday at 1 p.m. from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

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