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TV: FOX, Sam Rosen, Bill Maas, Chris Myers
9th meeting. The Vikings lead the series 5-4 and beat the Bengals 24-3 the last time the teams played in 1998. The Vikings, however, are 1-4 at Cincinnati. Their only victory came in 1992 when they routed the Bengals 42-7 at Riverfront Stadium. This will be the Vikings' first game at Paul Brown Stadium.
Vikings: offense 28th (31st rush, 16th pass); defense 21st (25th rush, 14th pass).
Bengals: offense 3rd (7th rush, 8th pass); defense 24th (15th rush, 27th pass)
KEYS TO THE GAME
The Vikings want to be a run-first team, but poor offensive line play in the opener led to a 33-yard rushing day. They hope LT Bryant McKinnie (foot) is able to play so they can come out and pound away at the Bengals' front seven. Without WR Randy Moss to stretch the field, the Vikings must have success running the ball in order for QB Daunte Culpepper to find passing lanes as the game wears on. The Bengals respect Minnesota's offense with or without Moss, and will attempt to sustain drives when they have the ball.
Cincinnati will mix the run and the pass, and will attack the middle if Vikings MLB Sam Cowart (calf) is unable to go. QB Carson Palmer had a good season opener, but he must avoid turnovers and prove he can lead the Bengals to victory in a big game.
Vikings: Coaching staff leads the NFC with a combined 66 years of NFL playing experience. ... Lead the series 5-4.
Bengals: Palmer has had a passer rating of better than 100 in four consecutive starts. ... Are 8-2 when RB Rudi Johnson rushes for 100 yards. ... Are 8-4 in their past 12 games.
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