Vikings at Bengals: TV Schedule, Game Time, Odds, Injury Report, Preview

Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) takes the snap during the Bengals 17-10 win over the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Liu-USA TODAY Sports

The 4-9-1 Minnesota Vikings visit the 9-5 Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, December 22. Kickoff is at Noon CT from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The game will be televised on FOX (visit 506 Sports to see what games are scheduled in your area).

Point Spread: Cincinnati -8

Injury Report:

Minnesota

Larry Dean LB Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Adrian Peterson RB Groin Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
John Carlson TE Concussion Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful
Matt Asiata RB Ankle Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Brandon Fusco G Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Chris Cook CB Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Marcus Sherels CB Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable
Xavier Rhodes CB Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Chad Greenway LB Wrist Full Participation in Practice Probable
Harrison Smith S Toe Full Participation in Practice Probable
Cullen Loeffler LS Hand Full Participation in Practice Probable
Toby Gerhart RB Hamstring Full Participation in Practice Probable


Cincinnati

Kevin Huber P Jaw Out (Definitely Will Not Play) Out
Terence Newman CB Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful
Devon Still DT Back Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
James Harrison LB Concussion Full Participation in Practice Questionable
Jermaine Gresham TE Abdomen Full Participation in Practice Probable
Carlos Dunlap DE Concussion Full Participation in Practice Questionable
Kevin Zeitler G Foot Full Participation in Practice Questionable
Andrew Whitworth T Concussion Full Participation in Practice Questionable


Preview

The Bengals are playoff bound again under Marvin Lewis. All that remains for Cincinnati is the seeming technicality of clinching. The Vikings could throw a slight wrench in that plans by pulling off an upset in Cincinnati.

Hey, why not? They’ve already helped mess with the Packers, Bears and Eagles. The spoiler hat fits the Vikings well and the seem to enjoy wearing it. What else do they have to play for, besides pride and stats?

The Bengals present a different kind of challenge than the Vikings’ previous upset victims. Cincinnati is a much more balanced team, with a solid offense and a stout defense. Matt Cassel had his way with Philadelphia and in his half of work against Chicago, but things figure to be a lot tougher on the road against a squad like Cincinnati.

Cassel will have the benefit of Adrian Peterson, who should return this week after missing a game with a sprained foot. The Vikings’ defense will still be short handed with Xavier Rhodes on the shelf. The offense will likely once again be without John Carlson who is suffering from concussion-related symptoms.

The Vikings have shown that they are game, but just being scrappy might not be enough against a determined, talent-laden Cincinnati team. Minnesota will have to get in the face of Andy Dalton. They will have to somehow deal with A.J. Green.

Prediction: Cincinnati 31, Minnesota 24

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