Bengals: Early matchups to watch vs. the Vikings in Week 1
By Alex Austin
With a winnable matchup against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, here are the top matchups to watch for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Cincinnati starts the season off at home in a game that looks like it could go either way. The Bengals are looking for a strong start to the season to help propel them toward a quick rise in the crowded AFC North. To move up the standings, the Bengals need to take advantage of these types of games, where they do not enter as large underdogs.
The Vikings are hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 2020 and make a push for the playoffs once again. Both teams have plenty of question marks, especially on the defensive side of the ball, which makes them fairly evenly matched. Most people expect this to be a close game that could come down to just a handful of plays one way or the other.
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If the Bengals are going to pull off the win, there are a few key matchups that they will need to win. Here are the most important matchups that will not only help determine the victor on Sunday but also give an idea of what this team is capable of throughout 2021.