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10 Vikings-Bengals Numbers of Note: Griffen Sets New Career High
December 13, 2017 05:33 AM | Eric Smith


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The Vikings are ready to start another win streak.

Minnesota's eight-game streak was snapped Sunday in Carolina, but the Vikings are still 10-3 with three games remaining in the regular season.

Minnesota holds a three-game lead atop the NFC North and can clinch the division with a win this weekend at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings are also currently the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoff picture.

The Bengals are 5-8 after falling to the Bears on Sunday. Cincinnati is still mathematically alive for the playoffs but has lost four of six games.

Here's a look at 10 numbers of note headed into the matchup:

13 - Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has 13 sacks this season, which is a career high for the former fourth-round pick. Griffen has 61 career sacks, good for seventh all-time in franchise history.

19 - The Vikings have won 19 division titles in their 57-year history. Minnesota can make it No. 20 with a victory Sunday against the Bengals.

9 - Vikings safety Harrison Smith has 9 career sacks, the second-most by a defensive back in team history. Former Vikings safety Joey Browner tops the list with 9.5 sacks.

118 - Eric Kendricks leads the Vikings with 118 total tackles this season (according to coaches' tally). The former second-round pick has led Minnesota in tackles the past two seasons and is on pace to do so again this season.

4 - The Bengals have four rushing touchdowns this season, all by rookie running back Joe Mixon. The Vikings have 12 total rushing touchdowns, including five by running back Latavius Murray.



171 - Vikings defensive end Brian Robison is set to play his 171st career game with the Vikings on Sunday. That would tie him with former safety Paul Krause and former defensive tackle Kevin Williams for the sixth-most in team history.

17 - Minnesota's rushing defense has allowed 17 runs of 10-plus yards this season, the fewest in the NFL. The Vikings allowed two runs of 60 yards or more Sunday against the Panthers.

2 - Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph now has two seasons in his career with at least 50 catches, 500 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He is tied with Steve Jordan for the most such seasons by a Vikings tight end.

79.4 - The Bengals offense ranks 31st in the NFL with 79.4 rushing yards per game. Minnesota will counter with a rushing defense that has allowed just 88.3 yards per game, the second-fewest in the league.

6 - Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer spent six seasons (2008-2013) as the Bengals defensive coordinator before being named Minnesota's head coach in January of 2014. This will be Zimmer's first regular-season meeting against Cincinnati.

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