25 Things to Know Before Vikings-Browns


29 Oct 2017; London, United Kingdom; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) catches a pass as Cleveland Browns strong safety defends Briean Boddy-Calhoun (20) during an NFL International Series game at Twickenham Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Browns 33-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings (1-2) will take on the Cleveland Browns (2-1) at US Bank Stadium on Sunday at 1:00 PM EST.

Here are 25 stats, facts, and things to know leading up to the NFC contest.


  1. The Vikings are 12-4 all-time against the Browns, a 75% win rate.
  2. Cleveland has won twice in Minnesota over the years – 1986 and 2013.
  3. The Vikings are the third-best in yards gained in the entire league, but the fourth-worst in yards allowed.
  4. There has been only one offensive turnover for Minnesota in 2021 — the fewest in the NFL.
  5. According to a conglomerate of Pro Football Focus, QBR and Passer Rating, Kirk Cousins ​​is currently the second best QB in football.
  6. The Vikings have not scored a defensive touchdown at home against the Detroit Lions since Week 9 of 2018.
  7. Per Thirty-fiveEightMinnesota currently has a 39% chance of reaching the postseason, peaking at 8% after last weekend’s win.
  8. In the presence of fans, the Vikings are undefeated at US Bank Stadium when they score 21 or more points. W/L = 21-0.
  9. Brian Hoyer is the only Browns QB to ever throw more than 300 yards against the Vikings in a match.
  10. The Browns haven’t had a 100+ yard rusher in a game against the Vikings since 1986. Curtis Dickey.
  11. Tommy Kramer is the only Vikings QB to ever throw 300+ yards in a game against the Browns. 14-12-1980. 456 Yards + 4 TDs, 0 INTs.
  12. In the last three seasons, the Vikings started a season with a 2-2 record, then reached the postseason. 2015, 2017 and 2019.
  13. In front of fans, the Vikings are undefeated at US Bank Stadium as they scored more than 14 points at halftime.
  14. Per PFFMinnesota current pass protection ranks 16th in the NFL. In 2020 they finished 29th.
  15. In their last 50 respective starts, Kirk Cousins ​​has one passing touchdown less than Tom Brady and three interceptions less.
  16. For three weeks of 2021, the Vikings have the second most 10+ yard gain (50) on offense behind the Las Vegas Raiders (59).
  17. Opponents complete 75.8% of the passes on the Vikings. That’s three weeks in last place in the NFL.
  18. The Vikings are ranked fourth in the NFL for defensive sacks.
  19. Through three weeks of 2021, Minnesota allows the second most points in the NFL to opponents in the first half, then the third fewest in the second half.
  20. The Vikings have scored a total of six points in the 4th quarter of the games up to and including week 3.
  21. Kirk Cousins ​​is the first QB in NFL history to throw 8+ Passing TDs to zero INTs in the first three games of a season while his team had a losing record.
  22. The Vikings are the first team in NFL history to score 85+ points in the first 3 games of a season while committing only one turnover or less – and have a losing record to prove it.
  23. The Vikings are 8-3 in the month of October since Kirk Cousins ​​became the starting QB in 2018.
  24. Throughout his career, Dalvin Cook averaged 5.4 yards per touch. Alexander Mattison averages 5.1 in his career.
  25. Adam Thielen has scored a touchdown in 72% of games since the beginning of 2020.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007 host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawho and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (the band).

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