Week 16: Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals
Date/Time: Dec. 22; 1 p.m. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium; Cincinnati, Ohio
Bengals 2012 record: 10-6 (0-1 playoffs)
Vikings 2012 record: 10-6 (0-1 playoffs)
5-6 Vikings (5-1 in Cincinnati)
Key Draft Picks:
The Vikings are a funny team. While quarterback Christian Ponder struggled to move the ball down the field in the air, running back Adrian Peterson had one of the best seasons a running back has ever had in 2012. He was able to break off huge chunks of yards even when defenses knew it was coming. They were able to ride Peterson's back all the way to the playoffs.
The Vikings added a lot of offensive tallent this offseason, though, with guys like Jennings and Patterson. Still, the Bengals defense should be up to the task. The trick to beating the Vikings will be stopping Peterson. If they can do that and force Ponder to win the game with his arm, they should be able to win. Of course, that's much easier said than done as Peterson is the best back in the league.