The betting lines have opened for Week 15 in the National Football League, and the Minnesota Vikings find themselves as an early underdog heading into their Saturday matinee against the Cincinnati Bengals.
This will be a battle of backup quarterbacks to kick off the Week 15 NFL tripleheader. The Vikings will, presumably, turn to Nick Mullens after he engineered the game-winning drive against Las Vegas on Sunday in relief of a mightly-struggling Josh Dobbs. The Vikings have been without their regular starter, Kirk Cousins, since he tore his Achilles back in Week 8.
The Bengals will turn, once again, to former Vikings practice squad member Jake Browning. Browning has started the last three games for the Bengals after Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending wrist injury, and has led the Bengals to a 2-1 record in those three starts, including a 34-14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday to move their record to 7-6.
The Vikings still find themselves in the NFC playoff chase, currently occupying the #6 seed in the NFC, but will have to continue winning games in order to stay in that spot and hold off a number of teams that are trying to chase them down. The Bengals are currently on the outside looking in at the rest of the AFC playoff teams, but are one of six AFC teams that currently have a record of 7-6, so they have their work cut out for them.
This game will kick off at noon Central time on Saturday, 16 December, not on Sunday. Hopefully, the Vikings can get the same kind of results that they got when they kicked off the Saturday tripleheader last year. That was the game that saw them down 33-0 at halftime to the Colts, then engineering the biggest comeback in NFL history to come away with a 39-36 victory.
Well, hopefully they can do that with a little less drama, anyway.