GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson will face his former team, the Cincinnati Bengals, for the first time on Sunday.

Aside from off-the-field troubles this season, Simpson is having a better year with the Vikings in 2013. He has nearly tripled his receiving yards of last season, and he has caught his first touchdown in a Vikings uniform.

The Vikings have been pleased with the turnaround.

"He's made a lot of big plays for us this season. He really, really is trying to do the right things," coach Leslie Frazier said.

Simpson struggled with injuries last season and while the team upgraded it's receiving corps, it's still been a big boost getting better play from Simpson.

"To see him bounce back this season and have the type of impact he's had, is really, really good for Jerome and good for our team, some of the things he's done on the field," said Frazier. "And it helped us bring Cordarrell (Patterson) the way we thought we needed to, so he's been a real plus."

Simpson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Coastal Carolina.