Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


Final gun report: Bengals 42, Vikings 14

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated: December 22, 2013 - 3:07 PM

The Vikings won’t get that road win head coach Leslie Frazier was hoping for. The Bengals defeated the Vikings 42-14 to finish this season winless on the road (0-6-1). They drop to 4-10-1 with season finale against the Lions next week. The Bengals (10-5) clinched a playoff spot with the Dolphins’ 19-0 loss to the Bills. Here are five things from Sunday’s ugly performance:

  • The Matt Cassel express came to a screeching halt. Three turnovers in the first half, including a fumble in the game’s opening possession and a pick-six to linebacker Vincent Rey. Cassel was 13 of 27 for 114 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. The Vikings went 0 for 9 on third down and 0 for 2 on fourth down. They finished with 10 first downs first downs.
  • Meanwhile, the Bengals had 24 first downs. Quarterback Andy Dalton hardly felt pressure from the Vikings defensive line. The Vikings defensive line recorded two sacks, but it was about all it could do. Dalton had the quickest release heading into this game, but there were moments where Dalton could take his time in a comfortable pocket created by his offensive line. He went 27 of 38 for 366 yards and four touchdowns.
  • Dalton picked on cornerback Chris Cook, who didn’t start. Shaun Prater got the nod over Cook, but he was briefly out with an ankle injury. Cook covered wide receiver A.J. Green on both of his touchdown receptions. Green had seven catches for 97 yards.
  • Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson remains a bright spot however. He averaged 35.8 yards on four kickoff returns, but the offense failed to capitalize on the good field position. He had just three catches for eight yards but much effective rushing with three carries for 54 yards, including an 35-yard touchdown run.
  • The Vikings have now secured at worst the ninth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft with one game left. They entered this game with the eighth overall selection and a Giants win over the Lions would ensure a top eight pick. More on draft scenarios on Tuesday.

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San Diego - LP: J. Lane 0 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: E. Santana 2
Washington 6 Bottom 8th Inning
Miami 2
Philadelphia 1 Top 9th Inning
NY Mets 7
Milwaukee - LP: K. Lohse 1 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 2
Toronto 14 Bottom 7th Inning
Boston 1
Arizona 1 Bottom 10th Inning
Cincinnati 1
Colorado 0 Top 6th Inning
Chicago Cubs 2
NY Yankees 2 Bottom 5th Inning
Texas 2
Oakland 3 Top 6th Inning
Houston 3
Pittsburgh - V. Worley 9:15 PM
San Francisco - M. Bumgarner
NY Giants 8/3/14 7:00 PM
Buffalo
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
Seattle
Calgary 26 FINAL
Edmonton 22
Winnipeg 23 FINAL
Brt Columbia 6
Ottawa 23 FINAL
Hamilton 33
Toronto 9 FINAL
Saskatchewan 37
Indiana 9:30 PM
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

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