The Vikings started off in quite promising fashion, as the NFL's best kickoff returner, Cordarrelle Patterson, got things rolling with a 48 yard kickoff return, setting the Vikings up in Cincinnati territory, albeit it was the 49.
Yeah, it went ptretty downhill from there. Matt Cassel fumbled on third down after a heavy blitz that Minnesota decided to blow off. The ball was recovered by Carlos Dunlap and returned to the Vikings four. Two plays later Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis was in the end zone and it was 7-0 Bengals.
Then the Vikes went three and out, and the Bengals returned the turnover favor by committing one of their own. The Vikings took over at their own 46 after Jamarca Sanford recovered a Jermaine Gresham fumble, and four plays later Matt Cassel hit a WIDE OPEN Jermaine Wright for a 36 yard touchdown.
After a few possession exchanges, the Bengals scored late in the first quarter. Andy Dalton hit AJ Green for a 29 yard pass, capping a 12 play, 90 yard drive. Once again, Cordarrelle Patterson got another big return, taking it out to the Vikings 44.
The quarter ended with a Vikings facing a third and tree from midfield, trailing 14-7.