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The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 5: Vikings’ Cook as iffy as ever



The Loop Fantasy Football Update Week 5: Vikings’ Cook as iffy as ever

UPDATE: 12:34 a.m. Saturday
It’s another week, and another must-win game for the Vikings. And another questionable designation for star running back Dalvin Cook.

The consensus No. 2 fantasy running back was limited again at Friday’s practice, and it’s very likely he will not be a 100 percent participant when the Vikings play host to the winless Lions on Sunday.

Cook managed only 34 yards in limited duty last week against Cleveland. Will he see much more action in a game the Vikings should win handily in spite of his limitations?

There’s a fighting chance this will be a Kirk Cousins crazy-go-nuts game. And you might want to leave Cook on your bench if you have stronger options.

Even more doubtful is the consensus No. 1, Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey. He returned to practice this week, but he is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against Philadelphia.

San Francisco will have to go without quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittle in its must-win game vs. Arizona. Is Trey Lance worth a gamble? He might prove better as a fantasy QB than a real-life QB on Sunday.

Lots of big names ruled out in the past couple of days: Tennessee wideout Julio Jones, Tampa Bay tight end Rob Gronkowski, Atlanta WR Russell Gage and two Giants receivers, Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard.

Players listed as questionable on Saturday morning include Cincinnati RB Joe Mixon, Arizona running back Chase Edmonds, Washington RB Antonio Gibson, Detroit RB D’Andre Swift, Denver WR Courtland Sutton and Miami wideout Devante Parker.

On the positive side, Denver will have Teddy Bridgewater on Sunday in Pittsburgh, as the former Viking passed the concussion protocols.

Meanwhile, big news Friday came out of Seattle, where QB Russell Wilson underwent surgery on his significantly dislocated middle finger. He’ll be out at least the next month, which will prompt an extended middle finger from many fantasy mavens counting on DangerRuss. It should also prompt them to try and find a replacement immediately, instead of waiting for next week’s waiver period.

ORIGINAL POST: 10:03 a.m. Wednesday

The moment came late Sunday afternoon when San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo injured his calf, sending former North Dakota State Bison legend Trey Lance into the fray.

That meant that all five first-round quarterbacks of the Class of 2021 had moved into the No. 1 role with their teams.

Four of the five are expected to start this week, and Lance could make it an uneven five if Jimmy G is unable to go and the 49ers’ torch is passed for at least one week.

What are the fantasy prospects for the five frosh? Depends on whether you’re talking short-term, or the long haul:

Trey Lance (49ers) — Sure, his first two NFL completions went for touchdowns, but Lance hasn’t exactly lit up the stat sheet. He’s 10 for 19 for 162 yards and 3 TDs, and he ran seven times for 41 yards in his relief appearance against Seattle. The Niners desperately need to win at unbeaten Arizona this week, so they will go with Garoppolo if at all possible. Stay tuned.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, right, talks with quarterback Trey Lance (5) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Trevor Lawrence (Jaguars) — The Clemson dude who never lost a regular season game in high school or college is now 0 for ever as a pro. He’s 29th in passer rating and has seven interceptions and five TD passes in his first four games. But at least he wasn’t caught getting a lap dance in a Columbus bar like his coach.

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) scrambles from pressure during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)

Mac Jones (Patriots) — Jones was the last first-rounder back in May, but he has clearly been the No. 1 rookie QB of the fall. While he has only four TD passes, he has completed 70 percent of his passes. And he wasn’t embarrassed in his high-profile matchup in last Sunday night’s Brady Bowl.

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New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) signals from the line during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Zach Wilson (Jets) — What a difference a week makes. After struggling badly in his previous
two games, the former Brigham Young wiz led the Jets to an upset win over Tennessee, with 297 passing yards and two TDs. In fact, it’s not completely crazy to consider picking Wilson up on waivers this week and starting him vs. Atlanta.

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New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson looks to hand off the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Justin Fields (Bears) — The former Buckeye also had a Week 4 revival, albeit vs. the lowly Lions. Fields completed only 11 passes but tallied 209 yards. And that was enough to likely secure another start this week in Las Vegas, unless Andy Dalton becomes suddenly healthy. The world awaits coach Matt Nagy’s next move with bated breath.

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Detroit Lions linebacker Charles Harris, left, strips Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields, right, of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Cincinnati QB Joe Burrow has been hot, but he will cool off without a sufficient running threat vs. Green Bay. … Philadelphia has pretty much given up on Miles Sanders, and you should too against Carolina. … Same goes for the putrid Miami offense and RB Myles Gaskin vs. the mighty Buccaneers. … Pittsburgh’s Najee Harris will be kept in check by the Broncos. … Chargers RB Austin Ekeler, who starred Monday night, will be less prolific vs. Cleveland on Sunday. … San Francisco tight end George Kittle will continue to struggle vs. the unbeaten Cardinals. … And while you should still start all your Chiefs stars, they will have less-than-glorious stats in their matchup against Buffalo’s No. 1 defense.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) escapes pressure in the pocket during an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Zach Bolinger)

The Kirk Cousins MVP Express, which was derailed last week by Cleveland, gets back on track thanks to Detroit. … Rams QB Matthew Stafford will rebound this week against Seattle’s league-worst defense, and that’s also good for receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. … New Orleans QB Jameis Winston will also look better vs. Washington … It’s OK to put Giants RB Saquon Barkley back in your starting lineup. He’ll continue his revival vs. Dallas … Jacksonville RB James Robinson will run so well against Tennessee that people will forget, for a second or two, the embarrassment that is Urban Meyer. … New England RB Damien Harris, against lowly Houston, will atone for his -4-yard performance against Tampa Bay. … And the Colts should be able to throw well vs. Baltimore, so you can count on WR Michael Pittman.

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) scrambles with the ball during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 in Minneapolis. Cleveland won 14-7. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Just as Chicago RB David Montgomery was looking like a star, he injures his knee. He’ll be out 4-5 weeks, so former Chief Damien Williams has a great opportunity to shine. …. Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon is said to be week to week with an ankle injury, so fellow Oklahoma alum Samaje Perine moves up to No. 1 there. … Miami WR Will Fuller has a broken finger, but that offense is too broken to use him anyway. … Carolina RB Christian McCaffrey is stiil out, and players sidelined for a while last week include Jaguars WR D.J. Chark and Saints backup RB Tony Jones Jr,, while Tampa Bay TE Rob Gronkowski remains doubtful, … Players listed as questionable include Rams RB Darrell Henderson, Seattle RB Chris Carson. San Fran running back Elijah Mitchell and tight end George Kittle, Tennessee receivers A.J. Brown and Julio Jones, Steelers WR Chase Claypool, Giants wideout Sterling Shepard, Washington TE Logan Thomas and Rams tight end Tyler Higbee,

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Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery grimaces in pain after being injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

While high-ranked tight ends have proved disappointing, from George Kittle to Kyle Pitts to Logan Thomas, two appear to be having breakout seasons. Dallas’ Dalton Schultz has effectively emerged as the Cowboys’ No. 3 receiving threat, with 20 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns. In Buffalo, Dawson Knox has become a TD machine, reaching paydirt on 20 percent of his targets. His four TDs have him tied for second in the league, trailing only Kupp.

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Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz (86) is tackled by Carolina Panthers cornerback Rashaan Melvin (29) after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

Rams at Seahawks (+2½):
Pick: Rams by 4

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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford rolls out during the second half in an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

We’ll be updating our column, based on the latest injuries and innuendo, right up until Sunday’s kickoff. Go to

You can hear Kevin Cusick on Wednesdays on Bob Sansevere’s “BS Show” podcast on iTunes. You can follow Kevin on Twitter — @theloopnow. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Meet the viral TikTok star veganizing classic Korean dishes



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In a time when identity can be divisive, Joanne Lee Molinaro has curated a space to bring people together: Korean, vegan or otherwise.

The first time I encountered Molinaro, also known as the Korean Vegan, it was through her TikTok. The app’s algorithm, always uncannily certain of the type of content I would want to watch, delivered me a video of hers. It eludes me now which one I saw first, exactly — but I remember immediately going to her profile and scrolling through dozens more.

@thekoreanveganCheck out my bio for my meal planner!♬ original sound – Anthony Molinaro

In a little more than a year, Molinaro has amassed 2.7 million followers on TikTok. Her most viral videos feature cinematic shots of her hands preparing food, carefully wrapping rice paper, shredding tofu, ladling clear broth, chopping scallions. The TikToks are draped in a signature color palette of dark greys and blacks, a cool-toned aesthetic which also envelops the pages of her cookbook. She speaks in a gentle, firm narration, sharing experiences from her life and family history. The stories cover her success as a corporate lawyer, her long-distance running, her family’s immigration story, her connection to Korean heritage, resilience, love, heartbreak. 

When I spoke to Molinaro for NextShark, I found the same warmth and generosity in our conversation. She explained that this was a space she had been working to cultivate over the years, both in her blog and on social media since she started the Korean Vegan in 2016. “I wanted to create a space where as many people as possible could feel welcome, while also starting important discussion, particularly on race,” she shared. “I realized in 2017 that if I simply just said, ‘Hey, this is a place about race, and we’re going to talk about racism,’ a lot of people would just tune me out. So it was important for me to find a way to get into people’s hearts and minds without having them be sort of defensive and guarded from the get-go.” 

To combat this, she focuses on herself and her own experiences, something that people can’t deny. “The one thing that I’ve learned is: turn it back to me. This is my experience, this is my feeling, this is how I feel. You cannot question my credibility and authority on these things. I am the most authoritative person when it comes to my experience and my feelings.” 

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Becoming the Korean Vegan

The sense of warmth and generosity in Molinaro’s content extends to her feelings about veganism as well. She describes her experience becoming vegan as a journey. At first, she was afraid that changing to a plant-based diet would disrupt her sense of identity. “For a lot of us, that’s our one big tie to our cultural identity,” she said. “For people like my mom and dad who can’t go back to North Korea, that’s not an option for them, and for refugees in particular, it’s not an option to go back to their native countries. So food becomes one of the few things they have left of their homes.” 

When her husband proposed that they both become vegan, she said it caused a lot of tension because she felt that as a white man, he didn’t completely understand the depth of what he was asking of her. “This idea of threatening to take that from me was a big point of contention… I really felt like ‘You’re asking me to give up my Korean-ness, and you have no idea what that means to me.’” 

Eventually, she says that paradoxically, her journey of becoming a vegan ultimately helped her become closer to her Korean heritage. “One of the joys of veganizing my favorite dishes has been that it actually brought me so much closer to my cultural cuisine. A lot of times, especially second-generation Asian immigrant families, they sort of take for granted these things. ‘Oh yeah, I don’t need to figure out how to make kimchi-jjigae, it’s always been done this way.’ Well, when you have to veganize something, at least for me… I want to learn.”

Molinaro does extensive research while creating her recipes, digging into the origins of the Korean foods she adapts. “I want to know how it was made originally. I want to know how to make the broth and what other things are in there. Because then it’s my job to veganize it. And that process has brought me so much closer to Korean food, to my own family and to my own heritage.” 

She also says she understands the hesitation of many Asian Americans in going vegan. What helped her most, she explained, was taking things step-by-step and eliminating animal products gradually. Some things were more difficult than others — dairy traditionally does not play a large part in Korean cuisine, so that was less of a challenge than eggs, which are more ubiquitous in all kinds of cuisine. “I think my advice for anyone would be, practically speaking: go at your own pace. There’s no rule that says compassionate eating, whether it’s for the animals or yourself or the planet, or whatever reason it is, has to look exactly the same way as everyone else’s.”

Regarding the decision to become vegan, she shared, “I don’t just value my Korean-ness, that is a part of who I am. I also value things like longevity, living as long as I can, living healthy… And that’s okay. You can value being Korean and also value having a long life, having a healthy life… I think the challenge is trying to figure out a way that those two values could coexist in my life.”

The Cookbook 

The cookbook Molinaro wrote is called “The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma’s Kitchen.” Over the course of more than 300 pages, Molinaro shares recipes in categories such as Basics, Bbang (breads), Jjigae (stews) and more. Also nestled throughout the cookbook’s sections are stories of her family’s history and perseverance. A natural storyteller, Molinaro shrugs at the idea that she has lived a particularly inspiring life. She told me that people often ask her how she has so many poignant experiences to share with her audience, to which she responds, “You have as many stories as I do… We’re all just walking chapters, we’re all novels. We’re all walking around and we have these beautiful stories inside of us.”

@thekoreanveganCome hang out with me and get a signed copy of my book!! @avery_tarcherperigee ##booktok ##foodtiktok ##storytime♬ Pieces (Solo Piano Version) – Danilo Stankovic

The beginning of Molinaro’s cookbook goes into an in-depth analysis of common ingredients in Korean cooking. There’s a loving description of soy sauce, doenjang, gochujang and many other staples. Molinaro takes care to give an introduction to the ingredients — for some who might not have heard of them at all — and also frames them in a new context for readers who may already be very familiar with them. With soy sauce, for instance, she explains the complexity and history of the ingredient, discussing how there are hundreds of ways to prepare it, each with their own varieties and flavor profiles. 

There’s also a note at the beginning of her cookbook which I think reflects her overall gentle but firm approach to sharing parts of herself with others. Just like in her stories on TikTok, she strives to create a space where people feel welcome, but also where they understand the importance of following the house rules. In the cookbook, this takes the form of a small warning at the beginning: “So, while I know you’re itching to make that jjajangmyun dish, be sure you know the difference between ‘black bean sauce’ and ‘fermented black soybean sauce.’”

I asked Molinaro about this approach and how she feels about the broader discussion of other people cooking Korean cuisine. “Number one, I would say: I just want the food to taste good. And I know that if you make this with paprika, it ain’t gonna taste good! That’s the most fundamental thing… This gentle insistence is more like, fine, I’m just warning you. If you use this, it’s gonna taste weird!”

I felt this remained remarkably consistent with Molinaro’s approach. She has created a community centered around her vegan-ness and Korean-ness, but never to the exclusion of any other identities. Her content, fundamentally, comes back to a simple human experience. She’s gathering us all together to share a meal and some stories. 

The Korean Vegan Cookbook can be purchased on the book’s website. You can also find Molinaro’s recipes on her website and on TikTok

Feature Image via Penguin Random House and The Korean Vegan

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Vikings still have ‘bad taste in our mouth’ from playoff loss at San Francisco



Vikings still have ‘bad taste in our mouth’ from playoff loss at San Francisco

The last time the Vikings were in the playoffs, their season ended with a thud.

On Jan. 11, 2020, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the San Francisco 49ers dominated Minnesota in the divisional round. They sacked quarterback Kirk Cousins six times and held running back Dalvin Cook to a meager 18 yards on nine carries in a resounding 27-10 win.

On Sunday, the Vikings will return to the site of the beatdown. Memories from it linger.

“We have a bad taste in our mouth from that game,’’ said offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak, Minnesota’s quarterbacks coach in 2020. “That was two years ago; we’ve got a lot of new pieces, a lot of similar pieces, but guys haven’t forgotten that.”

Some of the faces from that game have changed, but many of the key ones have remained the same. The 49ers are still coached by Kyle Shanahan and still have quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and defensive end Nick Bosa, who had two of their sacks. Bosa was fined $28,075 by the NFL shortly after that game for a penalized illegal block on tackle Brian O’Neill that the Vikings called a cheap shot.

The Vikings, still coached by Mike Zimmer, have a number of key players remaining on both sides of the ball. That includes Cousins, who threw for just 172 yards a week after rallying the Vikings with a game-winning touchdown pass in overtime in a 26-20 playoff upset at New Orleans.

“I remember San Francisco did a great job against us,” Cousins said. “They played a great game and they were the better team that day.”

After the playoff win over the Vikings, the 49ers walloped Green Bay 37-20 at home in the NFC Championship Game and looked primed to win Super Bowl LIV. They led Kansas City 20-10 midway through the fourth quarter before faltering and losing 31-20.

The hangover continued into 2020, when the 49ers went just 6-10. It didn’t help that Garoppolo missed 10 games due to injury.

The Vikings also fell back in 2020, going 7-9.  Each team started this season 3-5 but enters Sunday’s game on a two-game winning streak.

“Two teams that are probably playing their better ball of the year right now,” Shanahan said.

With that in mind, there are playoff implications on the line Sunday. With seven teams making the postseason in the NFC, the Vikings are currently in the No. 6 spot and the 49ers are No. 7. The winner will have a tiebreaker if the teams are deadlocked at the conclusion of the NFL’s first 17-game season.

“It’s an important game,” Zimmer said. “I’m sure they’d say the same thing.”

Zimmer said the 49ers are similar to the team that handled the Vikings in the playoffs on offense and defense. One difference, he said, is a lot more “movement pre-snap” on offense, including sets with stars Deebo Samuel at wide receiver and George Kittle at tight end.

On defense, the biggest difference is DeMeco Ryans, who replaced Robert Saleh as defensive coordinator after he left at the end of last season to become head coach of the New York Jets. The 49ers remain stout on that side of the ball, ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense.

The Vikings, though, have shown continued improvement on offense. Cousins is playing as well as he has in his 10-year career. Second-year wide receiver Justin Jefferson is the most recent NFC Offensive Player of the Week winner after catching eight passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns in last Sunday’s 34-31 win over the Packers. Cook continues to get better, as well, and hasn’t had many clunkers since the one in his last visit to Levi’s Stadium.

“We put that to bed, but (it’s) always (a challenge) having an opportunity to compete against a good defense, good players that they have over there,” Cook said of his return. “I definitely remember that game, that environment. I know it was a playoff game and different, but their fans get pretty rowdy.”

The Vikings will try to silence the fans with their seventh-ranked offense. But will they be able to stop the 49ers with their defense?

The Vikings rank just No. 28 in the NFL in total defense and on Sunday will be without their four preferred starters on the defensive line. Defensive end Everson Griffen is away from the team after a mental health issue on Wednesday, and defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson has been ruled out after being placed Tuesday on the COVID-19 reserve list. They join end Danielle Hunter, lost for the season to a torn pectoral muscle on Oct. 31, and nose tackle Michael Pierce, on injured reserve with an elbow injury.

“It’s a big advantage for us,” Garoppolo told reporters on Wednesday about Minnesota’s depleted line. “I think, you know, the guys stepping in are no slouches, either. So, we’ve got to be ready for that.”

D.J. Wonnum has stepped in for Hunter, and Armon Watts for Pierce. Sheldon Richardson is expected to man one of the other two open spots. Regardless of who’s playing, the Vikings defense can expect a steady diet of the 49ers’ running game. In their last two games, a 34-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 15 and a 30-10 victory at Jacksonville on Nov. 21, San  Francisco averaged 163.5 yards rushing.

Running back Elijah Mitchell had 91 yards against the Rams. Then, with Mitchell nursing a finger injury, the versatile Samuel carried eight times for 79 yards against the Jaguars.

“They run the ball really, really well,” Zimmer said.

When Garoppolo throws, Samuel is the primary target. Samuel, who sometimes lines up in the backfield, has 55 catches for 994 yards this season, second in the NFL.

“For the most part, he’s a receiver,” Zimmer said. “He’s terrific with the ball in his hands, he’s a strong runner, really good on the wide receiver screens, plays in the slot some.”

It will be Zimmer’s third road game against the 49ers since he came to Minnesota in 2014. The first one didn’t go well, either, with San Francisco rolling up 230 yards on the ground in a 20-3 win on Monday Night Football to open the 2015 season.

In the playoff game, Minnesota’s run defense wasn’t much better, giving up 186 yards. And the Vikings couldn’t get their ground game going, being held to a meager 21 yards rushing, tied for the lowest playoff game output in team history.

“It’s almost two full years removed, every team is going to be a little bit different,” O’Neill said. “What hasn’t changed is that they still have great talent across the board. They still have a great front seven.”

In the third quarter of the playoff game, Cousins threw a pass that was picked off by San Francisco’s Richard Sherman. On the return, Bosa hit O’Neill in the head area and was flagged for an illegal block. O’Neill was lost for the game with a concussion, and Zimmer and then-Minnesota guard Josh Kline both said afterward that it was a cheap shot.

O’Neill said he hasn’t had any contact with Bosa since the incident and has moved on.

“That’s water under the bridge now,” he said. “I got over that a long time ago. No, I’m good. I respect how he plays the game and hopefully it’s going to be a good battle (Sunday).”

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Game time: Fast facts, odds, injury report and key info for Miami Dolphins (4-7) vs. Carolina Panthers (5-6)



Game time: Fast facts, odds, injury report and key info for Miami Dolphins (4-7) vs. Carolina Panthers (5-6)

DOLPHINS (4-7) vs. PANTHERS (5-6)

Kickoff: 1 p.m., Hard Rock Stadium

TV: FOX (Chs: 7 in Miami-Dade/Broward and 29 in Palm Beach); RADIO: WQAM (560 AM), KISS (99.9 FM), WQBA (1140 AM, Spanish)

Coaches: Brian Flores is 19-24 in his third season with Dolphins; Matt Rhule is 5-6 in his first season leading the Panthers.

Series: The Dolphins have a 4-2 edge in the all-time series with the Panthers, Miami’s least-faced opponent in the NFL, but Carolina has won the past two meetings.

Line: The Dolphins are a 2-point underdog; the over/under is 42.

Injuries: Dolphins — Out: TE Adam Shaheen (knee), DB Elijah Campbell (toe/knee), CB Trill Williams (hamstring); Questionable: S Brandon Jones (ankle/elbow); Injured reserve: WR DeVante Parker (shoulder/hamstring), WR Will Fuller (finger), C Michael Deiter (foot/quad), C Greg Mancz (ankle), RB Malcolm Brown (quadriceps), S Jason McCourty (foot), WR Lynn Bowden (hamstring), WR Allen Hurns (wrist), T Larnel Coleman (knee), T Greg Little (undisclosed); Panthers — Doubtful: G John Miller (ankle); Injured reserve: QB Sam Darnold (shoulder), CB Jaycee Horn (foot), C Matt Paradis (knee), OT Cameron Erving (calf) among 11 players on IR.

Noteworthy: The Dolphins put a three-game winning streak on the line in a key contest to see if they can keep clawing closer to .500 and back into the postseason hunt if a few more victories are strung together. …

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was with the New England Patriots in the preseason before he was cut, making way for Mac Jones to start there. Spending the first half of the season without a home, Newton rejoined the Panthers, whom he spent the first nine seasons of his career with, two weeks ago. …

Newton makes his second start with Carolina after also playing in goal-line packages in his first game back with the Panthers. He lost his start against Washington Football Team, 27-21. When he was with the Patriots last year, the Dolphins split the season series. …

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is coming off a 27-of-33 performance for 273 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the 24-17 win against the New York Jets last week. …

Dolphins punter Michael Palardy played in 68 games for the Panthers from 2016 to 2020 with 295 punts. The Panthers have South Florida high school connections with wide receiver Robby Anderson (South Plantation), defensive end Brian Burns (American Heritage), guard John Miller (Miami Central), offensive coordinator Joe Brady (Everglades) and cornerbacks coach Evan Cooper (Miami Killian).

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