Vikings Ready for Home Cooking Against Bengals

Glen Mclaughlin
December 18, 2017

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, the second-longest tenured head coach in the National Football League, is stepping down after this season to "pursue other opportunities", according to Adam Schefter.

Bengals have lost 7 straight wild-card games. Meaning the Bengals won't finish last in the AFC North.

Brian Robison had two of the Vikings' three sacks and Eric Kendricks returned a first-quarter interception for a touchdown.

The Vikings left little doubt in Sunday's outcome. They will head to Green Bay on Saturday to face a Packers team that might not have much to play for after losing at Carolina in Aaron Rodgers' return, and they'll finish the regular season at home against Chicago on December 30. They pulled starting quarterback Case Keenum for Teddy Bridgewater, who had not played since the 2015 season after a gruesome preseason injury past year. Rudolph's status improved the past two days and he finished with two catches for 17 yards and a touchdown.

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The Bengals' minds looked to be anywhere but U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, and it's not surprising. Sources close to Lewis told the Enquirer he remains interested in coaching in 2018 and does not plan to retire.

The Vikings have averaged 132.2 rushing yards per game and allowed an average of 60.7 rushing yards per game this season.

Quarterback Andy Dalton was taken out shortly after in favor of AJ McCarron, presumably because the Bengals also considered the game out of reach and didn't want to risk Dalton getting hurt. This will be Zimmer's first regular-season meeting against Cincinnati as a head coach.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that multiple members of the organization, including coaches, learned of Lewis' decision as they boarded a bus in Minneapolis for the Bengals' game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

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