Bengals Banter: Defense Reigns; Dalton Soars; AP Falls

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Dec 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals free safety Taylor Mays (26) and strong safety George Iloka (43) in the second quarter of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals beat the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 42-14. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowksi-USA TODAY Sports

One name you didn’t hear much on Sunday was Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, as the Bengals bottled-up the reigning league MVP, holding him to just 45 yards on 11 carries:

"“Zim said last night that we’ve got to come in here and get it going,” Jones said. “A.P. is going to be a Hall of Fame back. But he won’t be a Hall of Fame back tomorrow at Paul Brown Stadium. That’s what he said. Everybody went in with that attitude.”"

The Vikings offense was averaging 444.25 yards and 30.25 points per game over the last four games. but on Sunday, they were held to 209 yards and 14 points, and as Mike Zimmer would say, it was because of strong fundamentals and technique by all 1 guys on the field at once:

"“If you don’t have a solid base in fundamentals of what you are doing, you become a hoge poge of everything and you’re good at nothing,” Zimmer said. “We teach fundamentals and continue to harp on them. We still try to use our strengths and attack them in different ways. I think everyone understands what we want them to do on every play. How to play this block, guys count on one another to line up.”"

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