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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Atlanta - WP: S. Miller 5 FINAL
Toronto - LP: D. Norris 2
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Quintana 1 FINAL
Detroit - WP: S. Greene 9
Miami - LP: T. Koehler 6 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: M. Harvey 7
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 5 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: M. Andriese 3
Philadelphia - LP: D. Buchanan 1 FINAL
Washington - WP: S. Strasburg 4
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 8 FINAL
Boston - LP: R. Porcello 3
Milwaukee - LP: M. Garza 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: G. Cole 5
LA Angels 2 Top 8th Inning
Houston 4
Cleveland - LP: T. House 2 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: T. May 7
Oakland 2 Bottom 8th Inning
Kansas City 2
San Diego 5 Bottom 9th Inning
Chicago Cubs 2
Arizona 5 Bottom 3rd Inning
San Francisco 1
Colorado 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
Los Angeles 2
Texas 7 Top 3rd Inning
Seattle 2
Cincinnati - M. Leake 7:05 PM
St. Louis - A. Wainwright
Boston 81 4th Qtr 8:48
Cleveland 96
Brooklyn 4:30 PM
Atlanta
Portland 7:00 PM
Memphis
San Antonio 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
Washington 1 FINAL(OT)
NY Islanders 2
Nashville 2 3rd Prd
Chicago 4
Montreal 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Vancouver 9:00 PM
Calgary
New England 4:00 PM
Philadelphia
Portland 6:00 PM
New York City
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

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