The Minnesota Vikings fell flat on their backsides against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Both teams kept a streak intact as the Vikings failed to win on the road this season, and the Bengals remained perfect at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Vikings were able to hang with the AFC North leaders for about 20 minutes. The score at the end of the first quarter was 14-7 in favor of the Bengals, but it didn't take long after that for Cincinnati to pull away to a 42-14 win.
Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton picked apart the Vikings defense for 366 yards and four touchdowns. The win clinched a playoff berth for the Bengals, who improved to 10-5. While the loss dropped the Vikings to 4-10-1, it did not improve their draft position. Depending on the outcome of the Falcons game in San Francisco, the Vikings are still slated to pick eighth.
All in all, it was not a good day for the Vikings as a team.
About the only performance that stood out was that for rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, the Vikings' new do-it-all player. Patterson finished with 205 all-purpose yards and one of the Vikings' touchdown.
Here are the roster grades from Sunday's blowout to the Bengals.