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:


Larry DeanLBKneeFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Adrian PetersonRBGroinLimited Participation in PracticeQuestionable
John CarlsonTEConcussionDid Not Participate In PracticeDoubtful
Matt AsiataRBAnkleLimited Participation in PracticeQuestionable
Brandon FuscoGKneeFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Chris CookCBKneeFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Marcus SherelsCBShoulderFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Xavier RhodesCBAnkleDid Not Participate In PracticeOut
Chad GreenwayLBWristFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Harrison SmithSToeFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Cullen LoefflerLSHandFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Toby GerhartRBHamstringFull Participation in PracticeProbable


Kevin HuberPJawOut (Definitely Will Not Play)Out
Terence NewmanCBKneeDid Not Participate In PracticeDoubtful
Devon StillDTBackDid Not Participate In PracticeQuestionable
James HarrisonLBConcussionFull Participation in PracticeQuestionable
Jermaine GreshamTEAbdomenFull Participation in PracticeProbable
Carlos DunlapDEConcussionFull Participation in PracticeQuestionable
Kevin ZeitlerGFootFull Participation in PracticeQuestionable
Andrew WhitworthTConcussionFull Participation in PracticeQuestionable


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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