One thing can be said about the Minnesota Vikings that could not be said in the past: they have been consistent this season. Consistently good quarterbacking by Brett Favre (save for the past couple weeks) and their rushing game. It would be unimaginable how mediocre they would be without Adrian Peterson (with apologies to Chester Taylor). During the Vikings game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, they were clicking on all cylinders as Peterson ran for two touchdowns, leading Minnesota to the easy 30-10 win over Cincinnati at the Metrodome.
The first quarter was 15 minutes of attrition as field position held precedence over scoring; that would change in the second quarter. The Vikings drew first blood on a 41-yard Ryan Longwell field goal then a 9-yard Favre-to-Sidney Rice touchdown pass, putting Minnesota up 10-0 with 8:45 left in the half.
The Bengals would answer back as Carson Palmer connected with Chad Ochocinco on a 15-yard TD pass, narrowing their deficit to 10-7; a pair of Longwell FG’s (23 and 44 yards, respectively) would pad the Vikings’ lead to 16-7 going into halftime. Peterson would score his first of two touchdowns on a 1-yard plunge, boosting Minnesota’s cushion to 23-7 with 8:40 left in the third quarter and would score again with 3:24 left in the contest on a 3-yard run, icing the game for Minnesota.
Favre had an efficient outing, going 17-of-30 for 192 yards with a TD and an interception while Palmer just plain stunk, going 15-of-25 for a season-low 94 yards with a TD. Peterson led the Vikings’ rushing attack with 97 yards on 26 carries and 2 TD’s and caught 3 passes for 40 yards while Cedric Benson led the Bengals with 16 carries for 96 yards.
Bernard Berrian led the Vikings receivers with 4 receptions for 43 yards while Rice caught 4 passes for 39 yards and a score; Ochocinco led the Bengals with 3 receptions for 27 yards and a TD while Andre Caldwell caught four for 25 yards. Minnesota (11-2) plays again next Sunday when they visit Charlotte to take on the Carolina Panthers while Cincinnati (9-4) flies to San Diego to face the Chargers – also next Sunday.