Vikings might be getting the offensive line back together for Bengals game

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis left and Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson right meet on the field after an NFL football game Sunday Nov. 26 2017 in Cincinnati

"Marvin has done some unbelievable things for that organization", Zimmer said Wednesday during his conference call with the Cincinnati media.

Lewis and his coaching staff now aren't under contract beyond the end of the 2017 season.

To do anything in the playoffs, Minnesota needs to do everything they can to make sure their top offensive lineman are as healthy as possible. I know what he's done for the community and what he's done for 99 percent of the players there. "They probably know me a lot better than I know them".

"Feel pretty good. I think we'll get a lot of them back", Zimmer said. I think he's a heck of a coach. I'm happy for him. "Honestly, he deserves to be there as long as he wants to be, in my opinion".

The Vikings have played only one game at U.S. Bank Stadium since October 22, beating the Los Angeles Rams 24-7 at home on November 19.

Mike Zimmer was in a better mood Wednesday this week than he had been just two days earlier.

The Vikings dropped only their second road game of the year on Sunday when they fell 31-24 to the Carolina Panthers in their bid to win three consecutive road games against teams with winning records - something Zimmer said hadn't been done since 1967 (when the Oakland Raiders did it on their way to the AFL championship).

"Kind of just one of those deals where you see how everyone by the end of the week is feeling", he said. Playing without one starter may be doable, but any more than that and Minnesota is going to have a tough time running anything resembling the offense that has led them to 10 wins this season. We can't get lax. "We should get Elflein back, we should get Remmers back, and there's a possibility of getting Reif back".

Their pass rush, which has only two sacks the past two weeks, will get a chance for a reboot in a noisy home environment.

Zimmer noted that Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton "does a lot of things at the line of scrimmage, trying to change things". "Fans can really help us in this game".

Tight end Kyle Rudolph, who missed the final five plays on Sunday because of an apparent ankle injury, is less certain. Even if that means resting them for remainder of the regular season. David Morgan and Blake Bell would likely fill in at tight end if Rudolph can't play in Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Already without starting center Pat Elflein and starting right tackle Mike Remmers, the Vikings lost left tackle Riley Reiff to an ankle injury in the third quarter.

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