Key to the Game:
Special teams. We saw how important special teams was last week. The Bengals offense and defense played well enough to win but the special teams lost the game. Now the Bengals have a new punter who was cut from the Bills due to poor hang time and poor directional kicking.
His welcoming gift is the 3rd ranked punt returner in the league. The Bengals kick coverage will be tested as well. Patterson is the top returner in the game, averaging 33.3 ypr and 2 TDs on the year. It is going to be very important for Nugent and Powell to limit the returns. If not, the Bengals defense may not matter.
This is a huge game for the Bengals and the Vikings have nothing but pride to play for. Although the Vikings have been playing well of late, I believe the Jungle and the balanced Bengals team will be too much for the Vikings.
Bengals 37, Vikings 24
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