As you would expect of teams from different conferences, the Minnesota Vikings and the Cincinnati Bengals have not made acquaintances very many times. In fact, in their history, the Vikings have only seen the Bengals across from them eleven times. They have played six times in Minneapolis, and Sunday's game will mark the sixth contest between the two teams in Cincinnati.
Though the history is limited, we can still take a look back at it, courtesy of the folks from Pro Football Reference.
Total Games Between the Vikings and the Bengals: 11
All-Time Record: Vikings, 6-5
Total Vikings Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 239 (21.7 points/game)
Total Bengals Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 194 (17.6 points/game)
Longest Vikings Winning Streak: 2 (25 December 1989 - 27 December 1992)
Longest Bengals Winning Streak: 1 (Five different occasions)
Most Recent Vikings Victory in Cincinnati: 27 September 1992 (Final score 42-7)
Most Recent Bengals Victory in Cincinnati: 18 September 2005 (Final score 37-8)
Biggest Vikings Victory in Cincinnati: 35 points, 27 September 1992 (Final score 42-7)
Biggest Bengals Victory in Cincinnati: 29 points, 18 September 2005 (Final score 37-8)
The figure under the Bengals' longest win streak in this match-up is accurate. They have never had consecutive victories over the Minnesota Vikings. If they should win on Sunday, their next chance to have a two-game winning streak against the Vikings will come at Minnesota's new home in 2017.
Adrian Peterson has only faced the Bengals once, in Minnesota's 30-10 victory at the Metrodome in 2009. He had a decent game in that one, carrying the ball 26 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 40 yards in that one.
Matt Cassel has seen action against the Bengals three times in his career. In those three appearances, one of which came with the New England Patriots and two with the Kansas City Chiefs, he has completed 30-of-53 passes for 273 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
This will be the first game for Jerome Simpson against his former employer since signing with Minnesota prior to the 2012 season.
And that's a quick look back at the head-to-head series between the Vikings and the Bengals. Hopefully the Vikings can put together a winning streak against the Bengals for the second time ever with a W on Sunday.