Bengals letting game get away

December, 13, 2009
12/13/09
3:09
PM ET
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Cincinnati Bengals needed a full four quarters to pull the upset of the Minnesota Vikings Sunday.

But right now, early in the third period, the game is getting away from Cincinnati.

It started towards the end of the half when the Vikings scored back-to-back field goals within 38 seconds to take a nine-point lead. Then, Minnesota tailback Adrian Peterson dove in for another touchdown run to start the third quarter to up the lead to 23-7.

The Bengals have lost all momentum in this game. Their only hope of getting back into it is Cincinnati’s offense putting points on the board. But the Bengals have struggled all game with execution and penalties.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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