The Minnesota Vikings will clash with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday in a vitally important game for the Bengals as they look to secure a playoff spot. The game will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Bengals come into this game with the record of 9-5 and top of the AFC North division. However, they have not wrapped up the title yet, and the Baltimore Ravens are lurking close behind them on 8-6. If the Bengals lose this week then it could result in some big pressure on them as they head into the final week of the regular season with a game against the Ravens awaiting them.
The Bengals' 9-5 record is enough to give them a 3rd seed in the AFC conference for the playoffs at the moment. If they can win out the season then there is still a chance that they could catch the 10-4 New England Patriots for the 2nd seed spot.
The Bengals have been in reasonable form of late, defeating the San Diego Chargers 17-10 in Week 13, and also the Indianapolis Colts 42-28 in Week 14. However, their good progress came to a grinding halt last week as they were defeated 20-30 by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
They will want to get back to winning ways this week as the postseason looms, and they will not want their title going down to the final game of the regular season. If the Bengals lose today and things do go down to an effective one game playoff against the Ravens for the division title then it will definitely be Baltimore with all the momentum.
Today they are playing a Vikings team that is 4-9-1 and which has struggled at times through this season. However, their form has been much improved of late and they have lost only one of their last four games; a narrow 26-29 loss on the road to the Ravens.
Over recent weeks the Vikings have defeated the Chicago Bears 23-20, and also the Philadelphia Eagles 48-30 – both teams with playoff hopes still. That clearly indicates that the Vikings will be no easy game today and the Bengals will have to be at their best to make sure they win this one.
The Minnesota Vikings against the Cincinnati Bengals will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the Fox network or online through free live stream by clicking here.