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Vikings cruise past Bengals 34-7 to clinch NFC North

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings and their loud crowd overwhelmed the Cincinnati Bengals from start to finish, when they put on NFC North champions hats to celebrate the first major milestone of this season with the hope of several more to come.

From coaches to players to fans, everyone in purple was able to enjoy a postseason tuneup.

Eric Kendricks had an interception return for a touchdown , Case Keenum passed for 236 yards and two scores, and the Vikings clinched the division title with a 34-7 victory over the depleted and disinterested Bengals on Sunday.

''To guarantee a home playoff game there? I can't imagine. I have a feeling it's going to be even more amped up,'' Keenum said.

Running backs Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon combined for 37 touches and 242 yards from scrimmage for the Vikings (11-3), who were given quite the reprieve on the schedule after their eight-game winning streak ended at Carolina in the last of three consecutive road trips.

''It feels good,'' wide receiver Adam Thielen said, ''but it was a little bit restrained because there's still work to do.''

The Vikings were never challenged by a Bengals team missing more than half of its starting defense to injuries and met with a morning report by ESPN that head coach Marvin Lewis will not return next season . Lewis said afterward that's not true, but the Bengals have all kinds of issues to address after losing their last two games by a combined 67-14.

''It's the most disappointed I've been in the last couple of years,'' said wide receiver A.J. Green, who accounted for two of Cincinnati's three first downs while starting quarterback Andy Dalton was in the game until midway through the fourth quarter. ''It's been a tough season.''

The game went so smoothly for the Vikings that Teddy Bridgewater even made his grand entrance , his first live action in 16 months since a massive knee injury. Bridgewater's first pass was intercepted, a high throw that bounced off McKinnon's hands and into the arms of strong safety Shawn Williams deep in Vikings territory. That set up a short touchdown run by Giovani Bernard to keep the Bengals from being shut out for a second time this year.

''It was great just being out there,'' Bridgewater said. ''I have a ton of people to thank for getting me to this point.''

Terence Newman also picked off former teammate Andy Dalton , who went just 11 for 22 for 113 yards before the Bengals (5-9) turned to backup A.J. McCarron after the interception by Williams.

Keenum completed 20 of 23 passes, including seven easy tosses to McKinnon for 114 yards in the first 100-yard receiving game for a Vikings running back since Onterrio Smith in 2004. With the Bengals already missing both starting cornerbacks and all three regular linebackers, they lost standout free safety George Iloka in the first quarter to a shoulder injury. That left Williams as the only starter in the back seven.

About the only bright spot for the Bengals was five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins, who sacked Keenum twice in the first quarter. The Bengals didn't cross midfield with the ball until less than 3 minutes were left in the third quarter, thanks to a Vikings defense that was as revved up as ever.

''The Super Bowl is in their home stadium,'' Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. ''They've got everything they want in front of them.''

END ZONE FUN

Murray scored on a short run to cap the opening drive by the Viking, and Keenum found Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph for touchdown passes in the second and fourth quarters. Rudolph celebrated with a tribute to a better day for the 50-year-old Bengals franchise with his version of the ''Ickey Shuffle'' that running back Ickey Woods for the 1988 AFC champions.

''I felt bad doing it at that point in the game, but as a kid that grew up in Cincinnati, I had to do it,'' said Rudolph, who was originally listed as doubtful to play because of an injured ankle.

TORMENTING THE MENTOR

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer won his first regular-season meeting against his old boss, Lewis, who lost to a former assistant for the first time in eight matchups. Zimmer was the defensive coordinator for the Bengals from 2008-13. The Bengals have never won in six all-time visits to Minnesota. The Vikings were division champions in five of those seasons: 1970, 1989, 1998, 2009 and 2017.

INJURY REPORT

Bengals: The list of missing starters grew immediately when LT Cedric Ogbuehi (shoulder) left in the first quarter. RT Andre Smith limped off in the fourth quarter.

Vikings: RT Mike Remmers (back) returned from a five-game absence, but LT Riley Reiff (ankle) missed his first game of the season. CB Mackensie Alexander (ribs) was out. WR Jarius Wright hurt his foot in the fourth quarter and did not return.

UP NEXT

Bengals: Play their final home game against Detroit, with the Lions (8-6) still carrying an outside chance at a wild-card spot.

Vikings: Travel to Green Bay to face the Packers (7-7) on Saturday night, with their sights set on securing a first-round bye for the playoffs.

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Key Players
G. Bernard 25 RB
30 RuYds, RuTD, 13 ReYds, 3 RECs
10
FPTS
C. Keenum 7 QB
236 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, 20 RuYds
23
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:22
(Kick formation) R.Bullock extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
7
34
Touchdown 6:22
T.Hopkins reported in as eligible. G.Bernard right tackle for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
23
yds
2:56
pos
6
34
Point After TD 12:53
(Kick formation) K.Forbath extra point is GOOD, Center-K.McDermott, Holder-R.Quigley.
plays
yds
pos
0
34
Touchdown 12:53
C.Keenum pass short left to K.Rudolph for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
83
yds
3:38
pos
0
33
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:34
K.Forbath 35 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.McDermott, Holder-R.Quigley.
10
plays
71
yds
5:29
pos
0
27
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:41
(Kick formation) K.Forbath extra point is GOOD, Center-K.McDermott, Holder-R.Quigley.
plays
yds
pos
0
24
Touchdown 6:41
C.Keenum pass deep right to S.Diggs for 20 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
77
yds
4:24
pos
0
23
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:30
K.Forbath 53 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.McDermott, Holder-R.Quigley.
4
plays
3
yds
2:10
pos
0
17
Point After TD 5:54
(Kick formation) K.Forbath extra point is GOOD, Center-K.McDermott, Holder-R.Quigley.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 5:54
A.Dalton pass short middle intended for A.Erickson INTERCEPTED by E.Kendricks at CIN 31. E.Kendricks for 31 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
0
13
Point After TD 10:31
(Kick formation) K.Forbath extra point is GOOD, Center-K.McDermott, Holder-R.Quigley.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 10:31
J.Sirles reported in as eligible. L.Murray up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
75
yds
4:29
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 24:08 35:52
1st Downs 8 18
Rushing 2 7
Passing 4 8
Penalty 2 3
3rd Down Conv 1-13 4-12
4th Down Conv 1-3 0-0
Total Net Yards 161 346
Total Plays 51 61
Avg Gain 3.2 5.7
Net Yards Rushing 46 124
Rush Attempts 20 34
Avg Rush Yards 2.3 3.6
Net Yards Passing 115 222
Comp. - Att. 14-28 20-25
Yards Per Pass 4.1 8.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-17 2-14
Penalties - Yards 5-44 11-93
Touchdowns 1 4
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 1
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 2 1
Punts - Avg 8-45.6 5-43.4
Return Yards 63 75
Punts - Returns 2-12 5-41
Kickoffs - Returns 2-44 0-0
Int. - Returns 1-7 2-34
Kicking 1/1 6/6
Extra Points 1/1 4/4
Field Goals 0/0 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-1 -100% 3-4 -75%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Bengals 5-9 00077
Vikings 11-3 1773734
115 PASS YDS 222
46 RUSH YDS 124
161 TOTAL YDS 346
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Dalton 14 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 113 0 2 27.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.1% 2860 21 11 87.0
A. Dalton 11/22 113 0 2 0
A. McCarron 5 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 19 0 0 56.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 66 0 0 63.4
A. McCarron 3/6 19 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
G. Bernard 25 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 30 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
72 290 1
G. Bernard 14 30 1 4 10
B. Hill 23 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 20 0
B. Hill 5 12 0 8 1
J. Malone 80 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
J. Malone 1 4 0 4 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
B. LaFell 11 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 2 53 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 46 505 3
B. LaFell 6 2 53 0 45 5
A. Green 18 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 67 980 8
A. Green 4 2 30 0 16 3
C. Uzomah 87 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 84 0
C. Uzomah 4 4 24 0 9 2
G. Bernard 25 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 319 2
G. Bernard 5 3 13 0 12 10
A. Erickson 12 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 180 1
A. Erickson 2 1 11 0 11 1
T. Kroft 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 348 5
T. Kroft 4 2 1 0 6 0
J. Malone 80 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 63 1
J. Malone 3 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
V. Rey 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
44-29 0 0.0
V. Rey 7-4 0.0 0 0
W. Jackson 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-5 1 1.0
W. Jackson 4-1 0.0 0 0
H. Nickerson 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
H. Nickerson 4-0 0.0 0 0
C. Fejedelem 42 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-21 1 0.0
C. Fejedelem 4-5 0.0 0 0
D. Dennard 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
54-22 1 2.0
D. Dennard 3-2 0.0 0 0
G. Atkins 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-16 0 9.0
G. Atkins 3-1 2.0 0 0
J. Evans 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-10 0 0.0
J. Evans 3-3 0.0 0 0
C. Dunlap 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-9 1 5.0
C. Dunlap 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Williams 36 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-14 1 0.0
S. Williams 1-2 0.0 1 0
J. Shaw 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-6 0 0.0
J. Shaw 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Willis 75 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-7 0 1.0
J. Willis 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Smith 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-8 0 3.0
C. Smith 1-1 0.0 0 0
P. Sims 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-15 0 0.0
P. Sims 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Billings 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
A. Billings 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Johnson 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-13 0 5.0
M. Johnson 1-3 0.0 0 0
T. McRae 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. McRae 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Glasgow 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-11 0 0.0
R. Glasgow 0-1 0.0 0 0
B. Bell 52 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
B. Bell 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Bullock 4 K
1
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/1
SEASON FG XP
13/15 25/27
R. Bullock 0/0 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
K. Huber 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 45.6 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
76 47.5 31
K. Huber 8 45.6 2 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 22.0 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
29 21.3 41 0
A. Erickson 2 22.0 30 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 6.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
34 7.4 29 0
A. Erickson 2 6.0 11 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Keenum 7 QB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
87% 236 2 0 138.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.9% 3219 20 7 98.9
C. Keenum 20/23 236 2 0 23
T. Bridgewater 5 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 1 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 1 0.0
T. Bridgewater 0/2 0 0 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Murray 25 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 76 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
175 662 6
L. Murray 20 76 1 14 15
J. McKinnon 21 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
131 484 3
J. McKinnon 9 24 0 9 13
C. Keenum 7 QB
23
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 162 1
C. Keenum 1 20 0 20 23
S. Diggs 14 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 18 0
S. Diggs 1 7 0 7 9
T. Bridgewater 5 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 -3 0
T. Bridgewater 3 -3 0 -1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. McKinnon 21 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 7 114 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 50 412 2
J. McKinnon 8 7 114 0 41 13
S. Diggs 14 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 30 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 53 724 6
S. Diggs 6 5 30 1 20 9
A. Thielen 19 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 83 1191 4
A. Thielen 5 3 30 0 21 3
L. Murray 25 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 28 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 94 0
L. Murray 1 1 28 0 28 15
K. Rudolph 82 TE
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 17 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 55 523 8
K. Rudolph 2 2 17 1 16 7
J. Wright 17 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 190 2
J. Wright 1 1 11 0 11 1
C. Ham 30 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 62 0
C. Ham 1 1 6 0 6 0
M. Floyd 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 78 0
M. Floyd 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
B. Robison 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-6 0 3.0
B. Robison 3-1 2.0 0 0
E. Kendricks 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
60-41 1 1.0
E. Kendricks 3-2 0.0 1 0
X. Rhodes 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-11 2 0.0
X. Rhodes 3-1 0.0 0 0
J. Kearse 27 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
J. Kearse 2-1 0.0 0 0
L. Joseph 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-24 0 3.0
L. Joseph 2-2 0.0 0 0
A. Sendejo 34 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-22 2 0.0
A. Sendejo 2-1 0.0 0 0
E. Griffen 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-13 0 13.0
E. Griffen 1-1 0.0 0 0
H. Smith 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-13 3 1.0
H. Smith 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. Newman 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-9 1 0.0
T. Newman 1-0 0.0 1 0
A. Barr 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-20 0 1.0
A. Barr 1-2 0.0 0 0
T. Waynes 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-7 2 0.0
T. Waynes 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Brothers 40 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 0.0
K. Brothers 1-1 0.0 0 0
E. Lamur 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-8 0 0.0
E. Lamur 1-4 0.0 0 0
D. Hunter 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-17 0 7.0
D. Hunter 1-2 1.0 0 0
B. Gedeon 42 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-11 0 0.0
B. Gedeon 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. Johnson 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
T. Johnson 0-2 0.0 0 0
S. Stephen 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-19 0 1.0
S. Stephen 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
K. Forbath 2 K
10
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
29/34 30/35
K. Forbath 2/2 53 4/4 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Quigley 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 43.4 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
56 42.1 22
R. Quigley 5 43.4 3 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Sherels 35 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 8.2 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
31 10.0 46 0
M. Sherels 5 8.2 16 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:31 CIN 25 1:36 3 7 Punt
6:53 CIN 19 0:59 3 4 INT
5:54 CIN 29 2:14 4 9 Downs
1:30 CIN 12 1:30 3 6 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:58 CIN 24 1:53 4 9 Punt
6:41 CIN 25 2:10 3 0 Punt
1:07 CIN 2 0:29 3 7 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CIN 25 2:57 5 24 Punt
6:34 CIN 25 0:07 1 0 INT
3:49 CIN 9 2:18 6 48 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:53 CIN 25 2:15 3 5 Punt
9:18 MIN 23 2:56 6 23 TD
4:44 CIN 24 2:44 7 32 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 25 4:29 9 75 TD
8:55 MIN 32 2:02 4 4 Punt
3:40 CIN 38 2:10 4 3 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 40 2:02 3 2 Punt
11:05 MIN 23 4:24 8 77 TD
4:31 MIN 31 3:24 5 14 Punt
0:38 MIN 29 0:38 1 0 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:03 MIN 12 5:29 10 71 FG
6:27 CIN 25 2:38 3 -12 Punt
1:31 MIN 17 3:38 7 83 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:38 MIN 16 1:20 3 10 INT
6:22 MIN 25 1:38 3 6 Punt
2:00 MIN 44 2:00 3 -3 Game