Vikings Playoff Bound, Beat Up Bengals

Monday, December 14th, 2009 at 6:12 am

Minneapolis, MN (AHN) – The Vikings heard the rumblings all week of “here we go again.”

A miserable performance last Sunday against Arizona gave Minnesota’s fans that familiar, uneasy sense of another disastrous December.

The Vikings late season struggles are well documented in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but those feelings of anguish can be put to rest, for now.

The Vikings (11-2) took care of business Sunday against the Bengals (9-4) in a 30-10 win.

Minnesota’s rushing attack and defense, beaten up against the Cardinals, were back to form.

“We came out with a determined attitude today to go out against a good team and show everyone what we can do,” said Adrian Peterson.

Peterson, held to just 19 yards rushing against Arizona, ran for 97 yards and two scores Sunday.

He also caught three passes for 40-yards and has 14 rushing touchdowns on the season, a Vikings season record.

“It means a lot,” Peterson said of the record.  However, he added, “It’s not something I’m just overexcited about.   My tunnel vision is down in Miami (sight of Super Bowl).  That’s my main focus.”

Peterson wasn’t the only one looking to get back on track.

The defense also had to rebound from a uncharacteristically poor performance in which gave up 285 yards and three passing touchdowns to Kurt Warner.

Sunday, they were less accommodating to Carson Palmer.

Palmer threw for just 94 yards on 15-of-25 passing. He did  hit Chad Ochocinco for a 15-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but otherwise, was held in check.

“I thought our defense was disruptive,” said Vikings head coach Brad Childress. “I just wanted our team to go back and play the way we are used to seeing them play.”

Even after the loss in Arizona, the Vikings said their confidence was never shaken.

But they also knew a loss Sunday would mean even more questions about whether or not this is a team that can truly compete with the NFL’s best.

The Vikings haven’t beaten a team with a winning record since week eight and both their losses came against teams that played in the Super Bowl last year.

So beating Cincinnati, who leads the AFC North, was more than just another win for the Vikings .

“I thought today was as as good or as big a victory as we have had all year,” said quarterback Brett Favre.

Not only did the win help put Minnesota back in the win column, but it also clinched a playoff birth for the second straight season.

(All Headline News)

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