The Cincinnati Bengals will be traveling to Minnesota to face the Vikings on Sunday.
Vikings writers Matt Coles and Ali Siddiqui gave their predictions on the game:
Matt Coles (@mattjcoles)
After last week’s setback against the Carolina Panthers, the Vikings will want to bounce back with a division-clinching win against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15. A win would secure a playoff spot through winning the NFC North, and would move Minnesota one step closer to a first round bye in the postseason as well.
The Vikings will come into the game with some injury concerns. Mackenzie Alexander is definitely out for Sunday’s game, with Riley Reiff and Kyle Rudolph both doubtful for the clash. Emmanuel Lamur is also questionable, as the Vikings host Cincinnati on Sunday. However, the Vikings should still come away with a victory against a Bengals side that have struggled in 2017.
The Bengals come into the game knowing they have to win to keep their hopes of postseason football alive. They currently sit at just 5-8, two games off the Wild Card spots in the AFC playoff race. Andy Dalton and AJ Green have started to connect again, but against the Vikings D, they should struggle in Week 15.
It will be a close one, but the Vikings should take victory to clinch the NFC North, winning it 27-19.
Ali Siddiqui (@asiddiqui15)
After coming off their first lost since week four last week, the Vikings need to get back in the win column to have a shot at getting a top-two seed.
They should win this week against the 5-8 Bengals. It is also a home game, where the Vikings have lost only once this season.
The Bengals offense is ranked dead last in the league and their 17.4 points per game is 28th. Not good news when you are facing this very good Vikings defense. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green continue to be a very nice duo, but outside of that they do not have much going for them on offense. Rookie running back Joe Mixon is also out (concussion).
Their defense is decent, but the Vikings should do enough offensively to win.
Prediction: Vikings win 27-10