When the Vikings Run the Ball:
Vikings Running Attack: 10th – 128.0 ypg
Bengals Run Defense: 5th – 98.7 ypg
The Vikings have the best running backs in the NFL in Adrian Peterson, but he isn’t healthy. Though he is also one of the toughest running backs as well, having a sprained foot and groin is not ideal when facing the 5th ranked rushing defense. I expect Peterson to play, but his effectiveness will be minimalized due to his injury and the Bengals tough front seven.
If Peterson is not his super self, the Vikings are going to have a tough go on Sunday. With Peterson not 100% and the Bengals with a ball hawking run defense, I look for the Bengals to slow him down.