The Vikings will have their hands full with the Bengals receivers and will be without their most talented corner, 2013 first round pick Xavier Rhodes. Without Rhodes, the Bengals are likely to see some of their former 5th round pick, Shaun Prater.
Advantage: Bengals. Unfortunately, with Newman still out, the Vikings will get the opportunity to get Jennings, Simpson or Patterson on Dre Kirkpatrick.
Advantage: Vikings. Both secondarys should be overwhelmed by their opponents wide receivers, therefore, we have a push.
With Reggie Nelson and George Iloka both healthy and having good seasons as part of the Bengals 7th ranked passing defense, the Bengals have a big advantage over the Vikings at the Safety position.
The Vikings feature second year safety Harrison Smith out of Notre Dame and 5th year player Jamarca Sanford – both of which will be overwhelmed in trying to cover the Bengals TEs or WRs.