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Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings Predictions & Tips


Cleveland can win and cover against NFC North opposition for the second week running.

The Browns will ride their dominant run game once again and the defense can manage a key stop. 

  • Cleveland Browns have covered in 2 of their first 3 games
  • Cleveland Browns have covered in their last 5 non-conference games
  • Cleveland Browns are second in the NFL in total rushing yards
  • Minnesota Vikings are 28th in the NFL in total defense
  • Minnesota Vikings are 21st in the NFL in defending the run

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  • Minnesota Vikings lead the all-time series 12-4
  • Minnesota Vikings won 33-16 the last time the two teams met in 2017

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Cleveland have a 2-1 record after three weeks of the season, but it could easily have been 3-0.

The Browns gave up a huge passing TD and then botched a punt as they surrendered a lead to lose 33-29 to Kansas City.

They rebounded a week later though, seeing off Houston 31-21, and then dominated Chicago a week later.

The Browns ran over the Bears for 215 yards and held the visitors to 47 total yards in a 26-6 win.

The keys to this offense are the running back tandem of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. They have combined for 552 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns so far.

Hunt is the only player with over 100 yards receiving, with QB Baker Mayfield going 59/80 for 780 yards, two TDs and two picks.

The defense had a monster game against Chicago, sacking Justin Fields nine times as they held the Bears to a pitiful offensive total.

Myles Garrett had a career-best day with 4.5 sacks and he now has 5.5 sacks and nine QB hits this season.

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Minnesota finally got over the line a week ago to register their first win of the 2021 season.

The Vikings fought back to force overtime at Cincinnati but gave up an overtime field goal to lose 27-24.

A week later they gave up a late field goal in Arizona to fall to the Cardinals 34-33, but their first win finally came last weekend.

Minnesota put fell behind early to Seattle before putting up 23 unanswered points to win 30-17 in their home opener.

QB Kirk Cousins has made a strong start to the season, going 88/119 for 918 yards, eight touchdowns and no picks.

Justin Jefferson has been his favorite target and leads the team with 254 yards and two scores. Adam Thielen has 181 yards and four TDs.

Star running back Dalvin Cook racked up 252 all-purpose yards before he went down with injury, but Alexander Mattison (205 total yards) has helped fill that void.

While the offense has been putting points on the board the defense has struggled, ranking #28 in total defense.

The run game has been a particular weakness and that could spell trouble against the Browns.

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Verdict

Cleveland are running over opponents and that defense is once again one of the NFL’s top units.

A postseason run appears to be on the cards and they can stay on course with a win and cover here.

Best Bet: Cleveland -2.0 Spread $1.86 at Ladbrokes Australia - 3 Units
Touchdown Scorer: Kareem Hunt Anytime Touchdown $2.25 at Neds - 1 Unit

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