Super Bowl Consolation Game Preview? Vikings Dispatch Bengals, 30-10

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Daily Norseman: Vikes Bounce Back With Strong Defensive Effort

The Vikings’ Week 13 loss to the Cardinals had their fans wondering how the team would respond after seemingly being exposed. Answer? With a dominating defensive performance. SBN’s Daily Norseman breaks it down:

defense deserves a huge amount of the credit. One unforgettable scene from today’s game: Antoine Winfield dropping what should have been an intercepted pass, and proceeding to do several push-ups between his drop and the next play. Good to have you back, Toine. The man’s presence was felt in a big way, as Carson Palmer only managed 94 yards on 25 pass attempts. Chad Ochocinco got into the endzone in the second quarter to bring the Bengals within a field goal, but as far as offensive highlights go, there weren’t many for Cincy beyond Ocho’s 15-yard score.

Sure, Cedric Benson put up some impressive numbers — 16 carries for 96 yards — but nearly half of those yards came on a single carry, and for the most part, the rush defense was solid. All told, the Bengals could only manage 210 yards of total offense, while getting flagged 11 times for 85 yards.

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Cincy Jungle: Will The Bengals Be One-And-Done In The Playoffs?

It might have just been one game against an out-of-conference foe, but SBN’s Cincy Jungle isn’t feeling too good about the way their team is playing with January fast approaching:

Let me ask you this. After watching the Vikings win all three phases of the game the way they did Sunday, how confident are you right now that the Bengals will beat the Chargers, or any playoff team? Can the Bengals compete against the Indianapolis Colts? The Denver Broncos? The New England Patriots? Are they one and done in the playoffs? […]

Normally, I’d write this off as just having a bad game. I’d say, “oh, don’t worry about it, we’ll rebound.” And perhaps we will. However, I don’t have the confidence that we’re anywhere near being a competitive playoff-bound football team. Can the Bengals offense go a complete half without committing penalties that often stall drives? Can the Bengals actually pass the football for over 100 yards when the running game is ineffective? Can the Bengals actually score in the red zone?

You can quote how this is a passing league, and toss gaudy passing numbers to everyone as an indication of what it takes to be successful in this league, this year. To me, that’s not the point. To me, a passing offense has to be effective and efficient. And since beating the Chicago Bears 45-10, this passing offense isn’t effective. It’s embarrassing. It’s depressing. Let’s face facts.

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Super Bowl Consolation Game Preview? Vikings-Bengals Underway

Visit our Vikings blog, Daily Norseman, and our Bengals blog, Cincy Jungle, for more.

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Adrian Peterson racked up 137 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns as Minnesota clinched a playoff spot with a 30-10 win over Cincinnati at the Metrodome.

Peterson rushed for 97 yards and the two scores while posting three receptions for 40 yards in Minnesota's victory, the first time since 2000 it has won at least 11 games.

Brett Favre threw for 192 yards and a touchdown on 17-of-30 passes for the Vikings (11-2), who bounced back from a 13-point loss at Arizona last week.

Carson Palmer completed 15-of-25 passes for just 94 yards for the Bengals (9-4), who lost for just the second time in seven contests. Chad Ochocinco had three catches for 27 yards and Cincy's lone touchdown, and Cedric Benson rushed for 96 yards on 16 carries in the setback.

Peterson's one-yard plunge sent the Vikings up 23-7 with less than seven minutes played in the third quarter, but the Bengals couldn't equalize until the early stages of the fourth as Shayne Graham hit from 22 yards out.

Minnesota put the cap on the victory when Peterson finished an 11-play, 67- yard drive by scoring from the three with 3:24 left in the fourth quarter.

Ryan Longwell's 41-yard field goal gave the Vikes a lead early in the second quarter, capping a drive which began late in the first and saw a Sidney Rice touchdown catch nullified because Favre was ruled to have passed the line of scrimmage on the throw.

Favre, though, hit Rice with 8:45 left in the half on a nine-yard score and Minnesota led 10-0.

Cincinnati responded on the following drive as Ochocinco hauled in a 15-yard pass from Palmer for a 10-7 game with under four minutes left in the second.

Longwell connected from 23 yards out with 35 seconds to play and Minnesota led 13-7, then following a Vikings fumble recovery, Longwell drilled a 44-yarder as time expired in the half.

Rice ended with four receptions for 39 yards...The Vikings played without utilityman Percy Harvin, forced from the lineup by a recurrence of migraines...Bengals safety Chris Crocker left late in the first half with an unknown knee problem and did not return.

- Via Sports Network.

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