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Dolphins visit Vikings with hopes 'Miami Miracle' can be catalyst for playoff pursuit

Dolphins visit Vikings with hopes 'Miami Miracle' can be catalyst for playoff pursuit

Before looking ahead to Sunday’s Miami Dolphins road game against the Minnesota Vikings, consider how the Dolphins are in contention for a playoff spot this season:

* They started the season 3-0 thanks to timely turnovers and big plays by the likes of receivers Jakeem Grant and Albert Wilson.

* They suffered a demoralizing, 31-point blowout loss to the New England Patriots that soured a 4-0 start and led to a stretch of six losses in eight games, including five on the road.

* They also lost a string of players to injury, highlighted by Wilson, two starting offensive linemen signed in the offseason and two defensive linemen.

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