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Bengals set to host Vikings in big game Sunday
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals host the Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1pm.
OPENING LINE - Bengals by 7
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 8-6, Cincinnati 8-5-1
SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 6-5
LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Bengals 30-10, Dec. 13, 2009
LAST WEEK - Vikings beat Eagles 48-30; Bengals lost Steelers 30-20
AP PRO32 RANKING - Vikings No. 24, Bengals No. 8
VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (13), RUSH (10), PASS (22)
VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (20), PASS (30)
BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (19), PASS (12)
BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (5), PASS (7)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Vikings have yet to win on road, going 0-6-1. ... Vikings have given up average of 30.4 points per game, second most in league. ... QB Matt Cassel threw for season-high 382 yards against Eagles, most by Viking since Brett Favre threw for 446 against Arizona in 2010. ... RB Matt Asiata filled in for injured Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart and ran for three TDs, first NFL player since Daunte Culpepper in 2000 to run for three touchdowns in first career start. ... Vikings topped 40 points for first time since they beat Giants 44-7 on Jan. 3, 2010. ... WR Jerome Simpson was drafted by Bengals in second round in 2008. He returns to stadium where he made heels-over-head flip while scoring touchdown for Bengals in 2011. ... Bengals are 6-0 at home, best mark since they won all eight games and two home playoff games in 1988 before losing to San Francisco in Super Bowl. ... Cincinnati clinches playoff spot if it beats Minnesota and Miami loses in Buffalo. Bengals clinch AFC North if they win and Baltimore loses to New England. ... Bengals WR A.J. Green has 1,268 yards, 172 shy of Chad Johnson's club mark from 2007. ... Andy Dalton has matched career high with 27 TD passes. He's five shy of Carson Palmer's club record form 2005. ... Victory would give Bengals 10 in back-to-back seasons for only second time. They also did it in 1975 (11-3) and 1976 (10-4). ... Bengals made playoffs as wild card last year with 10-6 mark and lost to Houston in first round.
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