Cleveland Browns (2-1) vs. Minnesota Vikings (1-2)
October 3, 2021 1:00 PM EDT
The line: Minnesota Vikings +2/ Cleveland Browns -2; Top/bottom: 53
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The Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings meet in an NFL showdown at US Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon in Week 4. The Cleveland Browns are aiming for a third straight win to improve to 3-1 this year. The Minnesota Vikings are looking for consecutive wins to reach a record .500.
The Cleveland Browns have won four of their last six road games. Bake Mayfield completes 73.8 percent of his passes for 780 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Kareem Hunt and David Njoku together have 198 receiving yards on 15 catches, while Austin Hooper has 10 receptions. Cleveland Browns ground game averages 174.7 yards per game, with Nick Chubb leading the way with 262 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Cleveland allows 20 points and 248.7 yards per game. Myles Garrett leads the Cleveland Browns with 14 tackles, Jadeveon Clowney has two sacks and Malcolm Smith has one interception.
The Minnesota Vikings have won four of their last six home games. Kirk Cousins completes 73.9 percent of his passes for 918 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. Justin Jefferson and KJ Osborn have combined 447 receiving yards and three touchdowns, while Adam Thielen has 21 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game averages 128 yards per game, with Dalvin Cook leading the way with 192 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minnesota allows 26 points and 409.7 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 37 tackles, Danielle Hunter has four sacks and Nick Vigil has one interception.
The Browns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in total. The Vikings are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games in total. The under is 5-2 favorite in Brown’s last 7 games. The over is 5-1 in Viking’s last 6 games in total.
The Browns are off to a strong start as they have a top 10 defense, second best offense and their only loss was a game against the Chiefs. The Vikings finally finished a game last week, and while Cook is confused, Minnesota has a quality offense that can move the ball and is currently third in overall offense. Quietly one of the better games on this week’s 4 card but I’m leaning towards the Vikings and the points at home. The Vikings are better than they get credit for and that defense will come with time. Give me the points.
Randy Chambers’ free pick:
Minnesota Vikings +2