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Vikings Eye NFC North Division Title

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Vikings Eye NFC North Division Title

It is Week 15, and the Vikings have their second opportunity to win the NFC North division title. Minnesota is back home after a grueling five-game stretch, in which they finished 4-1. Mike Zimmer has the chance to obtain his second NFC North division crown against his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Vikings have been historically average versus the Bengals overall. Over the course of only 12 meetings in both teams’ history, they sit at six wins apiece. The last game played; in 2013; ended with the Bengals routing the Vikings 14-42. This matchup is Mike Zimmer’s first game against his old squad, and surely he will be looking to get a victory.

Keys To The Game

If the Vikings want to take home the NFC North division title this Sunday, they must improve their ball running from that of what it was versus the Panthers in Week 14. The return of tackle Mike Remmers and center Pat Elflein this week will undoubtedly play a key role in getting the rushing attack back on track.

Last weekend, the Vikings finished with exactly 100 yards rushing compared to Carolina’s 216. The Bengals come in with an average — at best — rushing attack, so the Vikings will be looking to even up the ground game yard differential.

Cincinnati’s secondary is also coming in beat up. Cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones will be out on Sunday. Their absence softens the blow of tight end Kyle Rudolph being out with an ankle injury. Look for Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs to continue their success with a big game this weekend.

Other Scenarios

If the Vikings lose this weekend, the race for the NFC North division is pretty simple. If Green Bay and Detroit both lose, the Vikings will clinch the NFC North. Green Bay is in Carolina this week, while the Lions are at home versus Chicago. Clearly, the Vikings will be looking to take matters into their own hands in Week 15 and will look to clinch the division the easy way.