For the second straight season, the Miami Dolphins will finish the year with a non-losing record. A winning record could come next week if the Dolphins are able to beat the New York Jets, but before we move on to Jets' week, we take a look back at the Dolphins' 37-35 win over the Minnesota Vikings this past Sunday.
The Dolphins did not start off well against the Vikings, but the offense eventually got hot and they were able to get back into the contest, ultimately winning with a special teams safety. Our stock watch takes a look at the up and down performances from the game.
Stock Up: Ryan Tannehill, quarterback - 35-for-47, 396 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception, 118.8 passer rating. That's a great day for the Dolphins' third-year quarterback, who is within reach of a 4,000 yard passing season with one game to play. The four touchdown passes were the most by a Dolphins quarterback since Dan Marino threw four in 1998. The Miami offense tallied 36 first downs during the game, a new franchise single-game record.
Stock Down: Philip Wheeler, linebacker - Maybe this is actually a stock up rating for the Dolphins coaching staff, but Wheeler is clearly starting to be phased out of the defense. As a starting linebacker, he played a grand total of nine snaps. Jason Trusnik actually played more defensive snaps than Wheeler. Wheeler recorded one tackle on the day, and appears set to play in his last game in aqua this upcoming weekend.
Stock Up: Terrence Fede, defensive end - I typically try not to give out stock ratings based on one play, but Fede's punt block for the game winning safety was amazing and it capped a 23-18 fourth quarter for Miami, who went into the period trailing 17-14. "I didn't know where the ball went," Fede told reporters after the game. "I was looking for it in the sky. Then I saw it land in the stands, and I knew it was two points." It was only one play, but Fede deserves a stock up rating for that impact play.
Stock Down: Jarvis Landry, wide receiver - Two fumbles during the game hurt, though the Dolphins were able to make up for the mistakes. Landry did have a game-high eight receptions, but laying the ball on the ground, even if Miami recovered one of them, leads to a stock down rating.
Stock Up: Charles Clay, tight end - Welcome back Big Play Clay. The Miami starting tight end has been dealing with injuries all year, but looked like himself in this game. He tallied six receptions for a game-high 114 yards. He also had the game-long reception of 41 yards.
Stock Down: Brent Grimes, cornerback - Grimes has been one of the top cornerbacks in the league this year, but he struggled on Sunday. According to Pro Football Focus, Grimes allowed 6 receptions on 7 targets, for 88 yards and two touchdowns. It was clearly not a headline day for Miami's top cornerback.
Stock Up: Cameron Wake, defensive end - Wake woke up after a late season slump this week, taking down Teddy Bridgewater twice and breaking through the double digit sacks barrier for the season. He is now at 11.5 sacks, good enough for ninth in the league. Hitting double digits gave Wake a $750,000 bonus, money well deserved for the All Pro.