GAME: Minnesota Vikings (0-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-0)
Date/Time: August 12th, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Tied, 6-6 (Regular Season)
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis: 2-1. Mike Zimmer: 0-0 (Regular Season)
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on the Bengals Preseason Network with Brad Johansen (play-by-play), Anthony Munoz (analyst) and Mike Valpredo (sideline reporter).
WKRC-TV (CBS Channel 12) in Cincinnati. Also on the network are WKEF-TV (ABC Ch. 22) in Dayton, WSYXTV (ABC Ch. 6) in Columbus, WLIO-TV (FOX Ch. 8.2) in Lima, WDKY-TV FOX Ch. 56) in Lexington, Ky. and WDRB-TV (FOX Ch. 41) in Louisville, Ky.
Radio Broadcast: Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7).
Vikings SB Nation: The Daily Norseman (@DailyNorseman)
Weather: 85 degrees with a chance for thunderstorms [Weather Underground]
Odds: Bengals, -3 [SB Nation]
- Brandon Tate has 3517 career yards, just 66 behind Bengals return leader Tremain Mack (3583).
- Kevin Huber needs five inside-20 punts to reach 187 and pass current career leader Lee Johnson (186).
- Mike Nugent, with 626 career points, needs 35 points to pass Doug Pelfrey (660) into third place. Jim Breech leads the Bengals in career scoring at 1151, and Shayne Graham is second at 779.
- The Bengals are opening the preseason with a home game for only the 13th time in their 49 seasons.
- Last season in the NFL, 51.2 percent of all games (131 of 256) were decided by seven or fewer points, the highest percentage in the last 35 years. 43.8 percent of the 2015 Bengals games were decided by seven or fewer points in 2015.
- Head coach Marvin Lewis is 28-25 in the preseason for his Bengals career
- The Bengals are 19-29 in preseason openers overall but are 7-5 opening the preseason with a home game
- The Bengals are 70-15-1 in regular season under Lewis with a positive turnover differential
- The 2015 Vikings ranked fifth in the NFL in scoring defense (19.3), and the offense featured the NFL rushing leader in Adrian Peterson (1485 yards).
- Adrian Peterson will have chance to become the second largest scorer in Vikings history this season. He currently has 614 career points, second place is currently held by Hall of Famer Cris Carter with 670.
- Adrian Peterson is also the highest active player on the Vikings All-Time receiving record leaderboard with 238 receptions.
- The Vikings scored 32 touchdowns in 2015, their second lowest total since 2010.
- This will be Mike Zimmer’s first game back in Cincinnati since becoming Vikings head coach.