Vikings clinch NFC North with emphatic, euphoric victory over Cincinnati

Vikings clinch NFC North with emphatic, euphoric victory over Cincinnati

The Bengals provided little resistance between the Vikings and the NFC North division title, and Vikings fans got a bonus with the return to the field of Teddy Bridgewater in the final minutes.

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The Vikings took advantage of a subpar opponent in Cincinnati and rolled to a victory that gave them a division title.

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  • NFC North w l t pct pf pa home away
    Minnesota 11 3 0 .786 343 242 6-1 5-2
    Detroit 8 6 0 .571 358 339 3-4 5-2
    Green Bay 7 7 0 .500 309 333 4-3 3-4
    Chicago 4 10 0 .286 234 294 2-5 2-5
  • NFC South w l t pct pf pa home away
    New Orleans 10 4 0 .714 401 282 6-1 4-3
    Carolina 10 4 0 .714 331 286 5-2 5-2
    Atlanta 8 5 0 .615 294 261 4-3 4-2
    Tampa Bay 4 9 0 .308 264 312 3-3 1-6
  • NFC East w l t pct pf pa home away
    Philadelphia 12 2 0 .857 438 279 6-0 6-2
    Dallas 8 6 0 .571 336 311 3-4 5-2
    Washington 6 8 0 .429 305 359 4-3 2-5
    NY Giants 2 12 0 .143 228 355 1-6 1-6
  • NFC West w l t pct pf pa home away
    Los Angeles 10 4 0 .714 438 272 4-3 6-1
    Seattle 8 6 0 .571 321 294 4-3 4-3
    Arizona 6 8 0 .429 246 337 4-3 2-5
    San Francisco 4 10 0 .286 253 337 2-5 2-5
  • AFC North w l t pct pf pa home away
    Pittsburgh 11 3 0 .786 344 278 5-2 6-1
    Baltimore 8 6 0 .571 345 256 4-2 4-4
    Cincinnati 5 9 0 .357 233 305 3-4 2-5
    Cleveland 0 14 0 .000 207 362 0-8 0-6
  • AFC South w l t pct pf pa home away
    Jacksonville 10 4 0 .714 374 209 6-2 4-2
    Tennessee 8 6 0 .571 296 319 5-1 3-5
    Houston 4 10 0 .286 319 380 3-4 1-6
    Indianapolis 3 11 0 .214 225 368 2-5 1-6
  • AFC East w l t pct pf pa home away
    New England 11 3 0 .786 395 274 4-2 7-1
    Buffalo 8 6 0 .571 264 306 6-2 2-4
    Miami 6 8 0 .429 252 342 4-3 2-5
    NY Jets 5 9 0 .357 285 342 4-3 1-6
  • AFC West w l t pct pf pa home away
    Kansas City 8 6 0 .571 359 302 5-2 3-4
    Los Angeles 7 7 0 .500 311 255 4-3 3-4
    Oakland 6 8 0 .429 281 324 4-4 2-4
    Denver 5 9 0 .357 254 328 4-3 1-6
  • Passing Yards
    C. Keenum MIN 3219
    S. Bradford MIN 382
  • Rushing Yards
    L. Murray MIN 662
    J. McKinnon MIN 484
    D. Cook MIN 354
    C. Keenum MIN 162
    M. Brown MIN 29
  • Receiving Yards
    A. Thielen MIN 1191
    S. Diggs MIN 724
    K. Rudolph MIN 523
    J. McKinnon MIN 412
    J. Wright MIN 190
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    E. Kendricks MIN 101
    A. Barr MIN 67
    A. Sendejo MIN 67
    H. Smith MIN 64
    L. Joseph MIN 61
  • Interceptions
    H. Smith MIN 3
    X. Rhodes MIN 2
    A. Sendejo MIN 2
    T. Waynes MIN 2
    (3) Players 1
  • Sacks
    E. Griffen MIN 13.0
    D. Hunter MIN 7.0
    L. Joseph MIN 3.5
    B. Robison MIN 3.0
    T. Johnson MIN 2.0
  • Passing Yards
    M. Stafford DET 3920
    D. Brees NO 3854
    R. Wilson SEA 3669
    K. Cousins WAS 3636
    J. Goff LAR 3503
  • Rushing Yards
    T. Gurley II LAR 1187
    J. Howard CHI 1069
    M. Ingram NO 1045
    C. Hyde SF 796
    E. Elliott DAL 783
  • Receiving Yards
    A. Thielen MIN 1191
    J. Jones ATL 1161
    M. Thomas NO 1085
    L. Fitzgerald ARI 982
    M. Jones Jr. DET 970
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    Z. Brown WAS 127
    B. Martinez GB 125
    B. Wagner SEA 122
    D. Jones ATL 109
    L. Kuechly CAR 107
  • Interceptions
    D. Slay DET 7
    K. Fuller WAS 4
    M. Lattimore NO 4
    D. Randall GB 4
    (17) Players 3
  • Sacks
    C. Jones ARI 15.0
    D. Lawrence DAL 13.5
    E. Griffen MIN 13.0
    A. Donald LAR 11.0
    (3) Players 10.0
  • Passing Yards
    T. Brady NE 4163
    B. Roethlisberger PIT 4025
    P. Rivers LAC 3838
    A. Smith KC 3738
    B. Bortles JAX 3147
  • Rushing Yards
    L. Bell PIT 1222
    K. Hunt KC 1201
    L. McCoy BUF 1057
    M. Gordon LAC 931
    L. Fournette JAX 923
  • Receiving Yards
    A. Brown PIT 1533
    D. Hopkins HOU 1313
    K. Allen LAC 1197
    T. Hill KC 1074
    R. Gronkowski NE 1017
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    J. Schobert CLE 125
    C. Kirksey CLE 124
    C. Mosley BAL 121
    P. Brown BUF 117
    D. Davis NYJ 117
  • Interceptions
    A. Bouye JAX 6
    K. Byard TEN 6
    E. Weddle BAL 6
    M. Hyde BUF 5
    M. Peters KC 5
  • Sacks
    C. Campbell JAX 14.5
    J. Bosa LAC 11.5
    Y. Ngakoue JAX 11.0
    T. Suggs BAL 11.0
    K. Mack OAK 10.5
  • Saturday, December 16
    Detroit 20, Chicago 10, F Kansas City 30, Los Angeles 13, F
  • Sunday, December 17
    Minnesota 34, Cincinnati 7, F New Orleans 31, NY Jets 19, F Buffalo 24, Miami 16, F
    Carolina 31, Green Bay 24, F Baltimore 27, Cleveland 10, F Jacksonville 45, Houston 7, F
    Philadelphia 34, NY Giants 29, F Washington 20, Arizona 15, F Los Angeles 42, Seattle 7, F
    San Francisco 25, Tennessee 23, F New England 27, Pittsburgh 24, F Dallas 20, Oakland 17, F
  • Monday, December 18
    Atlanta @ Tampa Bay
  • Saturday, December 23
    Indianapolis @ Baltimore Minnesota @ Green Bay
  • Sunday, December 24
    Cleveland @ Chicago Miami @ Kansas City Atlanta @ New Orleans
    Los Angeles @ Tennessee Tampa Bay @ Carolina Detroit @ Cincinnati
    Buffalo @ New England Los Angeles @ NY Jets Denver @ Washington
    Jacksonville @ San Francisco NY Giants @ Arizona Seattle @ Dallas
  • Monday, December 25
    Pittsburgh @ Houston Oakland @ Philadelphia
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