Minnesota Vikings vs. Cleveland Browns Free Pick 9/22/13
Cleveland Browns (0-2) at Minnesota Vikings (0-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm (The Metrodome)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -3 -- Over/Under: 41.5 See the Latest Odds
The Browns and Vikings square off in Minnesota as both clubs look to crack the win column. Cleveland is coming off a feisty effort in Baltimore while the Vikings fell to their second straight division rival in Chicago.
The Cleveland Browns were predicted by many to be the darlings of the AFC North this season as they have a revamped defense and some weapons on offense led by sophomore running back Trent Richardson but so far through two weeks they have looked like the same old Browns and are sitting at 0-2. Brandon Weeden showed signs of an emerging starting quarterback last season and Josh Gordon took over the team’s primary ball catcher while Richardson assumed the duties on the ground. Unfortunately, the Browns have looked sloppy so far as Weeden appears to have regressed, Gordon has yet to play a game, and Richardson has been subpar at best leaving Cleveland football fans in a state of disarray once again. To add injury to insult it looks as though Weeden will be absent from this week’s encounter against the Vikings as he sprained his thumb so they’ll be turning to either Jason Campbell or Brian Hoyer to lead them to victory on the road. While things looked as though they were going to turn around in Cleveland, for the time being I am fading them in most spots.
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The Vikings meanwhile have been competitive in both games they have played this season and should have left Chicago with a big victory last week if not for a game winning touchdown by Bears tight end Martellus Bennett. Adrian Peterson continues to be the best running back in the NFL and surprisingly Christian Ponder has played decently well through two weeks as the Vikes return home looking for a win. Minnesota is a very tough team to figure out as they seem to play very well against playoff contenders but will turn around and lay an egg against lottery teams and while we haven’t seen it yet this season this situation scares me a little bit. However, I am going to give Minnesota the benefit of the doubt in this one as they have the best player in the game accounting for the league’s second stingiest run attack and have home field advantage where they should be able to eat up whatever quarterback the Browns decide to throw at them. Take Minnesota.