PRIMER: Minnesota Vikings (4-9-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (9-5)

Larry French

All you can eat buffet between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings.

Game: Minnesota Vikings (4-9-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (9-5)
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Vikings, 6-5
Streak: Vikings have won four of the past six
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 7-15. Frazier: 9-4
Broadcast: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Rondé Barber, Kris Budden (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Min.), 92 (Cin.). XM: 225 (Cin.).
SB Nation: Daily Norseman Game Center
Weather: 52 degrees and rain [Weather Underground]
Uniform: Black


  • The Bengals are undefeated (6-0) at home this season.
  • Andy Dalton has 27 passing touchdowns this year, tied for a career-best.
  • In his past two games, Dalton has five touchdowns and no picks for a passer rating of 101.5.
  • The Bengals are 14-1 when Dalton has a passer rating of 100-plus rating.
  • Dalton needs 351 yards passing to join Carson Palmer as the second player in franchise history to surpass 4,000 yards in a season.
  • Running back Giovani Bernard leads all AFC rookies with 1,069 yards from scrimmage (653 yards rushing, 416 yards receiving).
  • Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 112 yards rushing on 17 attempts in his only game against the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green (3,675) needs 112 yards receiving to surpass Torry Holt (3,786) for second-most yards receiving yards in the first three years of a career.
  • Wide receiver Marvin Jones has a career-high nine touchdown receptions.
  • Jones is looking to generate a touchdown in this third straight game.
  • Defense is allowing 19.6 points per game, second-fewest in AFC.
  • Linebacker Vontaze Burfict leads the team with 151 tackles.
  • Adam Jones posted his third interception of the season last week.


  • Quarterback Matt Cassel passed for 382 yards passing with a passer rating 116.6 rating last week.
  • In his only meeting against the Bengals, running back Adrian Peterson posted 137 yards from scrimmage and two rushing touchdowns.
  • Since entering the NFL in '07, Peterson leads the NFL with 10,070 yards rushing and 86 touchdowns.
  • Running back Matt Asiata rushed for three touchdowns last week in his first career start.
  • Wide receiver Greg Jennings had career-high 11 catches for 163 yards receiving last week, with a touchdown.
  • Cordarrelle Patterson aims to score a touchdown in four straight games.
  • Patterson is the only player in the NFL with a receiving (3) touchdown, rushing touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown (2).
  • Wide receiver Jarius Wright had career-high 96 yards receiving last week.
  • Since entering the NFL in '04, defensive end Jared Allen had a career-best 126 quarterback sacks.
  • Defensive end Brian Robinson had eight sacks in past seven games.
  • Linebacker Chad Greenway leads the team with 121 tackles.
  • Linebacker Audie Cole has 41 tackles in his past four games.


Total 362.4 (10th) 353.9 (13th)
Scoring 25.3 (11th) 25.9 (8th)
Third Downs 39% (12th) 39% (t-13th)
Rushing 111.6 (19th) 128.0 (10th)
Rushing TDs 12 (t-15th) 21 (1st)
20-Yard Runs 5 (t-27th) 13 (5th)
Passing 250.7 (12th) 225.9 (22nd)
Passing TDs 27 (8th) 16 (t-27th)
Sacks Allowed 27 (5th) 37 (t-15th)
20-yard Passes 49 (11th) 52 (8th)
Total 318.4 (6th) 406.5 (31st)
Scoring 19.6 (6th) 30.4 (31st)
3rd Downs Allowed 35% (7th) 44% (31st)
Rushing 98.7 (5th) 115.9 (20th)
Rushing TDs 5 (t-4th) 13 (t-22nd)
Passing 219.6 (7th) 290.6 (30th)
Passing TDs 20 (t-8th) 32 (32nd)
Sacks 37 (14th) 34 (t-17th)
QB Rating 78.9 (6th) 96.3 (26th)
Interceptions 14 (t-12th) 12 (t-20th)
Kickoff Return 25.6 (5th) 25.2 (8th)
Punt Return 9.1 (15th) 13.1 (2nd)
Punting (Net) 40.5 (8th) 39.6 (t-16th)
Punts Inside the 20 24 (t-12th) 18 (t-28th)
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