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Key matchup: Brinkley vs. the backs

Jasper Brinkley (AP)

Linebacker Jasper Brinkley will be getting his first extensive time on defense, and he'll be squaring off against two hard-nosed runners that have found new life with the Bengals.

JASPER BRINKLEY VS. CEDRIC BENSON AND LARRY JOHNSON There is always a certain amount of excitement when a player makes his NFL debut. His heart beats a little faster. Perhaps he has butterflies in his stomach. He is looking to make an impact and solidify his place in the starting lineup and prove he belongs. When the Vikings meet the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, rookie Jasper Brinkley will be... Recommended Stories