UPDATE ON THE DRAFT’S FIRST ROUND
The Vikings (4-10-1) are still slotted at the eighth pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. The highest the Vikings could pick would be third, under this scenario: They lose to Detroit, and Atlanta (4-10 going into Monday night’s game vs. San Francisco) wins once; and Jacksonville (4-11), Cleveland (4-11) and Tampa Bay (4-11) all win next week. Houston (2-13) has the edge for the No. 1 pick. Washington (3-12) would get the No. 1 pick if it ties Houston for the worst record (based on strength of schedule), but Washington’s top choice is owned by St. Louis.
Vikings S Harrison Smith vs. Bengals WR A.J. Green
Smith wasn’t covering Green much, and was mostly a spectator on the Bengals star’s seven catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Green carried the day.
PLAY OF THE GAME
PICK-SIX ENDS THE SUSPENSE
The Vikings trailed 14-7 in the second quarter when QB Matt Cassel (16), working out of the shotgun, tried to hit WR Greg Jennings (15) on a third-and-2 play from the Vikings 20. Bengals LB Vincent Ray jumped the route and cruised to the end zone on a 25-yard return that broke the game open.
“Turnovers definitely decided the game. We put them in a position to play the game the way they wanted to play.”
— Vikings RB Adrian Peterson