Cleveland Browns (4-6) at Minnesota Vikings (5-5)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
TV: CBS, Bill Macatee, Rich Gannon
12th meeting. The Vikings lead the series 8-3, but this will be the first time the two teams have met since the Browns joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1999. The Vikings are the only team the Browns have not played in the expansion era.
Browns: offense 20th (19th rush, 18th pass); defense 24th (28th rush, 13th pass).
Vikings: offense 25th (24th rush, 22nd pass); defense 28th (21st rush, 25th pass)
KEYS TO THE GAME
Vikings QB Brad Johnson is 3-0 since taking over for injured starter Daunte Culpepper. That's certainly not to say Johnson is Culpepper's equal as a playmaker — he has just three touchdown passes. But he also has just one interception. Johnson must get help from his running game to set up the pass protection, and RB Mewelde Moore's ankle injury bears watching.
Defensively, the Vikings have not allowed more than 21 points during their three-game winning streak.
On the road the Browns desperately need RB Reuben Droughns to get off to a strong start because QB Trent Dilfer has led the Browns to just three offensive touchdowns in the team's past four road games. However, in what figures to be a low-scoring game, Dilfer must step up and take advantage of a secondary that has been guilty of allowing big plays this season.
Browns: Droughns needs just 20 rushing yards to break William Green's team record of 887 since the Browns re-entered the league in 1999. ... Dilfer's .400 winning percentage (4-6) is the best since ‘99.
Vikings: Their 105 victories in November is a franchise best for any month.
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