For the second season in a row, the Minnesota Vikings find themselves kicking off a Saturday tripleheader of NFL action in Week 15.
This week, coming off of one of the lowest-scoring wins in franchise history, the Vikings will take to the road once again to battle the Cincinnati Bengals in a Saturday matinee at Paycor Stadium.
The Vikings finally righted the ship on Sunday afternoon in the desert, breaking their two-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders to move their record to 7-6 and keep themselves in the NFC playoff picture. The Bengals won their second straight game on Sunday afternoon, taking down the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 34-14 to push themselves to the same 7-6 record.
Both of these teams will be going with backup quarterbacks in this one. You have to assume that the Vikings will turn to Nick Mullens on Saturday after he came in to engineer the game-winning drive on Sunday in relief of a struggling Josh Dobbs, while the Bengals will likely going with former Vikings’ practice squad member Jake Browning. Browning has stepped in for the injured Joe Burrow and engineered two straight wins for the Bengals to keep them in the AFC playoff hunt.
Minnesota is seen as the underdog in this one, at least to start out with. The DraftKings Sportsbook has established the Vikings as a 4-point underdog to the Bengals in early betting, with the over/under currently sitting at 39.5 points.
Kickoff for this one is scheduled for noon Central time on Saturday, 16 December, not on Sunday, and will be broadcast on the NFL Network and on local network affiliates in the Twin Cities and Cincinnati areas.