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Minnesota Vikings (0-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-0)
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Minnesota Vikings (0-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-0)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET


13th regular-season meeting. Vikings lead series, 9-3. The Vikings have played this version of the Browns only once, beating Cleveland 24-12 at the Metrodome in November 2005. Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson connected with wide receiver Marcus Robinson for three touchdowns that day. Those were Robinson's only three catches of the game.


RB Adrian Peterson will attack a Cleveland defense that allowed 151.9 rushing yards per game last season. New Browns coordinator Rob Ryan needs more out of a pass rush that produced just 17 sacks last season or Minnesota will be in prime position for big plays downfield with QB Brett Favre working off play-action. Cleveland appears set to start QB Brady Quinn, who lacks Derek Anderson's strong arm but manages the offense with better efficiency. Minnesota returns the league's top-ranked run almost entirely intact, so Quinn will need to make plays downfield to sustain drives.


  • Favre is 12 games shy of former Vikings DE Jim Marshall's NFL record of 284 consecutive games played by a non-kicker or punter.

  • Browns WR Braylon Edwards led the NFL with 16 dropped passes last season.

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