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鈥?The Miami Dolphins took an early lead for a change Shannon Sharpe Jersey , and it grew from there.Xavien Howard returned an interception for the Dolphins’ second touchdown in a seven-second span during the first half, and they went on to snap a five-game losing streak by beating the reeling Denver Broncos, 35-9.The Dolphins were ahead at halftime for only the second time all season, and led after three quarters for the first time.“It changes a lot,” coach Adam Gase said. “We’re able to turn those four pass rushers loose. It makes a big difference and puts a lot of pressure on the quarterback. They get there quick.”Thanks to a dominating defense, Miami (5-7) won for the first time since Week 7. The Broncos (3-9) went from bad to worse, losing their eighth game in a row to extend the franchise’s longest skid in 50 years.Miami scored two safeties in a game for the first time in franchise history and held Denver to 1 for 13 on third-down conversions. Trevor Siemian, the Broncos’ third starting quarterback in as many weeks, went 20 for 42 for 219 yards with three interceptions and three sacks.Kenyan Drake rushed for 120 yards for Miami on 23 carries, both career highs. He scored on a 42-yard touchdown run 鈥?only the Dolphins’ second rush for a TD this year.Howard scored on the first interception by a Miami outside cornerback all season, and added another pick in the fourth quarter to set up the Dolphins’ final touchdown.Gase didn’t hold back coaching against close friend and counterpart Vance Joseph. Miami pulled off a successful onside kick in the fourth quarter while leading 33-9.“We’re just playing for 60 minutes,” Gase said. “We’re not going to slow down William Perry Jersey , and I don’t care what the score is.”Jay Cutler went 18 for 31 for 235 yards and two scores but threw two interceptions. Justin Simmons scored Denver’s touchdown on a 65-yard interception return.BREAKOUT PERFORMANCEDrake had his first 100-yard rushing game and made three receptions for 21 yards. He said the workload was his heaviest since high school.“I could have ran it 20 more times the way the O-line was blocking,” Drake said. “Give all the credit to them.”The Dolphins won for the first time since they traded running back Jay Ajayi on Oct. 31.QUICK STRIKESMiami’s Julius Thomas celebrated a 9-yard scoring catch on his knees with a ride-’em-cowboy dance. One play later, Howard stepped in front of a pass intended for Demaryius Thomas for his first career interception and sprinted to the end zone.TWO-POINTERSDenver fell to 0-6 on the road and looked lost. Miami took a 2-0 lead when the Broncos botched a third-down play at their 5. Mark Paradis’ high snap deflected off Siemian’s hands, and the ball squirted out of the back of the end zone.Denver’s Isaiah McKenzie fumbled on a punt return and recovered in his end zone for another safety in the fourth quarter.INJURIESDolphins: C Mike Pouncey left the game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. … CB Cordrea Tankersley left the game with an injured shoulder, returned and departed again because of an ankle injury.Broncos: S Justin Simmons was evaluated for a possible concussion and cleared to return. … LB Joseph Jones was helped off the field in the fourth quarter.UP NEXTThe Dolphins host New England on Monday, Dec. 11. The Patriots beat Miami 35-17 a week ago.Denver returns home to face the New York Jets next Sunday. Kirk Cousins is predictably the top priority on Minnesota's offseason shopping list.
The free agent quarterback is on the verge of a big payday at age 29, his first time on the open market.
Cousins will meet Wednesday with the Vikings once the new league year begins, his agent Mike McCartney said Tuesday. ESPN reported, citing unnamed sources, Cousins will sign a fully guaranteed, three-year million contract with the Vikings, but McCartney said no deal was in place and no decision has been made yet.
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The Vikings are banking on this being his last trip, too.
With contracts expiring for Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford, plenty of space under the salary cap and coming off an appearance in the NFC championship game, the Vikings have long presented the most desirable destination for Cousins.
Their defense, until faltering over the last five quarters of the team's run in the playoffs, is stacked with stars and directed by one of the league's long-time experts in coach Mike Zimmer. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have formed a dangerous young duo of wide receivers, combining for 2,125 yards during the regular season. Dalvin Cook, whose rookie year was cut short by a torn ACL, is expected back at full strength for offseason workouts.
Minnesota has a sparkling stadium, the site of Super Bowl 52 Dick Butkus Jersey , and the organization just moved into new state-of-the-art suburban headquarters with top-of-the-line practice fields and training facilities just last week.
"I haven't had the chance to pick where I'm going to play since 2007 when I chose to go to Michigan State, so I'm looking forward to that opportunity," Cousins said in Minnesota the week of the Super Bowl during an appearance on SiriusXM satellite radio. "I think it's a pretty short checklist. At the end of the day, I want to win."
Drafted in the fourth round by Washington in 2012, the same year the Redskins took Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick, Cousins has topped 4,000 passing yards in each of the last three seasons. As a full-time NFL starter, he has completed 67 percent of his throws for 81 touchdowns, 36 interceptions and a 97.5 passer rating.
Unable to agree on a long-term deal with the club, Cousins signed franchise tag tenders each of the last two years to make market-rate money (about million in 2016 and million in 2017) and push out his first experience with free agency. Once Washington agreed to acquire Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, Cousins became one of the most valuable quarterbacks ever available on the open market 鈥?a starting QB in his prime.
Though Cousins has never won a postseason game as a pro, the combination of his age Patrick DiMarco Jersey , durability and productivity is unparalleled in comparison to the caliber of usual free agents at the sport's most critical position. Last year, the Vikings waited until April 3 to sign Keenum for million.
If the Cousins contract is indeed finalized, he'll be the eighth quarterback to start a season opener for the Vikings in the last nine years. Bridgewater's devastating knee injury right before the 2016 season wrecked his quest to become the long-term leader of the offense and face of the franchise. The Vikings have otherwise been finding stopgap solutions since moving on from 2011 first-round draft pick Christian Ponder.
Bradford, the emergency replacement for Bridgewater, produced a career-best performance to start 2017 before redeveloping his own knee trouble. In stepped Keenum, whose breakout year led the Vikings to a 13-3 record and Zimmer's first win in the playoffs.
Bradford and Bridgewater presented obvious health risks, and Zimmer always came across as skeptical of Keenum's ability to keep up his success. With a new offensive coordinator in John DeFillipo, the quarterbacks coach for Super Bowl champion Philadelphia, the Vikings can reset their scheme to the preferences and strengths of Cousins.
If negotiations hit a snag, there would be no clear backup plan in place for the Vikings. Keenum is bound for the Denver Broncos. Bradford is close to a deal with the Arizona Cardinals and Bridgewater was being targeted by the New York Jets.Authentic Womens Chris Herndon Jersey
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