It is a potential bounce back game for Minnesota following a tough loss to Carolina on the road a week ago. Everyone on the Full Press Vikings Staff is predicting the same thing: Vikings win and win convincingly.
Mark Gabreski: Minnesota 21, Cincinnati 10
Despite a break in the streak, I am still ‘Thielen’ the Vikes this week. The Bengals have looked sluggish for the majority of the season, and last week’s blowout loss to the Bears made Cincinnati’s struggles abundantly clear. The Bengals weak secondary has been one of the team’s largest pitfalls. Minnesota’s stacked secondary, led by Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith has proven to be far more effective over the course of the season. Case Keenum has been significantly more productive this season than Andy Dalton and the Minnesota offense has far outperformed Cincinnati’s. Keenum’s edge over Dalton is also reinforced by the Vikings’ vastly superior set of offensive weapons. Additionally, Rhodes should shut A.J. Green down; I predict the star receiver will garner no more than 50 yards. Short of vast under-performance by Minnesota, this is a near-guaranteed win.
Anthony Talanca: Minnesota 30, Cincinnati 14
Minnesota’s front four take advantage of the poor play of the Bengals offensive line and dominate this game. The Vikings offense cleans up their mistakes in the turnover department from last week and clinch the NFC North in front of the home crowd.
Clayton Brooks: Minnesota 28, Cincinnati10.
Minnesota bounces back with a victory. The Bengals looked like they have quit on their coach and their season last week and are just playing out the string. The Vikings, despite how bad they looked at times last week, still competed until the very end. They will get it done here and officially clinch their second division title.
Sam Smith: Minnesota 27, Cincinnati 9
The Bengals are supposed to be a defensive-minded team with a strong front seven. Yet, they allowed the Bears’ anemic offense to run for over 200 yards and score 33 points a week ago. I will not go so far as to say they have checked out but the Bengals are clearly beat up and have little to play for. Minnesota, on the other hand, isclosing in on a division title and a first round bye. Add in the sloppy loss in Carolina this week and you have a game that screams bounce back.
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– Mark Gabreski writes for Full Press Coverage and covers the Minnesota Vikings.
– Anthony Talanca writes for Full Press Coverage and covers the Minnesota Vikings. Like and follow @atalanca.
– Clayton R. Brooks II writes for Full Press Coverage and covers the Minnesota Vikings. Like and follow @ClaytonRBrooks2.