As is the case in most matchups, when your kicker is just 16/20 (80%) and ranked 23rd, the opponent has the advantage at the kicker position. The Vikings are no different. Though Blair Walsh is 26/30 and ranked just 4 spots ahead of Nugent (19th), 3 of his 4 misses are from 50+ yards.
Leslie Frazier was Lewis’s first defensive coordinator and also his first canned defensive coordinator, so I would think Frazier has some extra incentive to beat Lewis. However, in 3.5 seasons, Frazier is just 20-32-1, despite having the best running back in football and will likely find himself on one of many hot seats at the conclusion of the 2013 season.
Outside of the improbable 10-6 wild card run last year (compliments of the 2nd best rushing season in the history of the NFL), Frazier is just 10-25. While Lewis has been more than frustrating to Bengals fans, he is still 88-84-1 with 4 playoff appearances.
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