Vikings at Bengals position-by-position preview

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Wide Receivers:

With Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson and Cordarelle Patterson, the Vikings have talented and dangerous receivers and Jennings is coming off an amazing day at the office (11 rec 163 yds 1 TD). Unfortunately for the Vikings (and Vikings fans), that is the first good day for any Minnesota WR all year long.

Going into the game, Jennings had just 48 receptions and 570 yards on the entire season. In fact, the Vikings top 3 receivers (Jennings, Simpson and Patterson) have combined for 8 TDs on the year. Green and Jones have at least 8 by themselves (8 and 9 respectively).

Advantage: Bengals

 

Tight Ends:

Like the Bengals, the Vikings have two quality tight ends. Kyle Rudolph is more well-known and has more TDs than John Carlson, but Carlson has been more productive and has more receptions (32-30) and yards (344-313).

Unfortunately for the Vikings, Carlson is out for the year. It looks like Gresham will be able to go (not sure if that is a good thing or bad thing), and if he does, that gives the Bengals their tight end duo that has accounted for 81 receptions, 851 yards and 5 TDs and should cause mismatches in the Vikings secondary.

Advantage: Bengals

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