Vikings’ RB Peterson questionable, plans to play
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a sprained foot.
Peterson said Friday he expects to play with Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy “within reach” in the pursuit of the 2013 NFL rushing title
“It’s not over 200, so it’s still in play,” Peterson said.
Peterson missed last week’s victory over the Eagles with the foot injury suffered Week 14 at Baltimore. Toby Gerhart (hamstring) also sat out last week.
Peterson said “As far as the foot, I’ll be ready to go.”
Peterson has 1,221 yards rushing, considerably off his 2,097-yard total of 2012.
Coach Leslie Frazier said Peterson was limited in Friday’s practice but “should be” able to play.
The AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals look to clinch a playoff berth when they host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Cincinnati, which owns a one-game lead over Baltimore, can clinch the division with a victory and a loss or tie by the Ravens against New England. The Bengals would lock up at least a wild-card spot with a win and a loss or tie by Miami, which visits Buffalo.
Cincinnati wasted an opportunity to secure a third straight playoff appearance when it dropped a 30-20 decision at Pittsburgh last week. Minnesota is coming off a 48-30 triumph over Philadelphia that prevented the Eagles from taking a two-game lead over Dallas in the NFC East. The Vikings, who are 0-6-1 away from home, hope to avoid going winless on the road for the third time in club history.
TV: Noon CT, FOX. LINE: Bengals -8. O/U: 47.5.
ABOUT THE VIKINGS (4-9-1): Matt Asiata didn’t provide much yardage-wise while filling in for Adrian Peterson last week, but the third-stringer helped put up points. Asiata gained only 51 yards on 30 carries against Philadelphia but scored the first three touchdowns of his NFL career. Peterson (foot) and primary backup Toby Gerhart (hamstring) both are expected to be available Sunday.
ABOUT THE BENGALS (9-5): Cincinnati is a perfect 6-0 at home, where it meets Baltimore for a potential showdown for the division title next week. The Bengals are averaging 33.2 points in their own building and have scored more than 40 in each of their last three home contests. Andy Dalton has thrown 27 touchdown passes, matching his career high, and needs 351 passing yards to join Carson Palmer as the only quarterbacks in team history to reach the 4,000-yard plateau in a season.
1. Cincinnati hasn’t gone undefeated at home since 1988, while Minnesota hasn’t gone winless on the road since 2001.
2. The Vikings visit Cincinnati for the first time since 2005, when they suffered a 37-8 loss.
3. The home team has won four straight meetings and six of the last seven in the all-time series.
PREDICTION: Bengals 31, Vikings 17