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Can Cleveland Browns Defense Create an Upset Over Minnesota Vikings?

September 21st, 2013 at 7:46 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

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A Cleveland Browns victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday seems unlikely considering the massive changes in the offense that occurred this week.

However, the defense has played so well, especially against the run, that it’s not out of the question…and remember, the Vikings are 0-2 just like the Browns.

The key is to stop Adrian Peterson, which is by no means an easy task. But the Browns only gave up 20 yards against Miami and held Baltimore’s Ray Rice in check, so there is hope.

Stopping Peterson, or at least holding him to fewer than 100 yards, will force Minnesota to beat the Browns with quarterback Christian Ponder. So far, he has thrown two touchdown passes and four interceptions.

Lately, cornerback Joe Haden has shut his opponent down, only to watch the quarterback pick on Buster Skrine and Chris Owens. Minnesota’s top receivers are Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson and tight end Kyle Rudolph, and the Browns' secondary must find a way to stop them in the second half.

If Cleveland’s defense is going to pull off an amazing victory to end this crazy week, it will need to do more than slow down the Vikings; it will have to keep the game close and force a late turnover or two.

The Browns returning from Minnesota with a victory would actually be the perfect capper for this week. It would be totally unexpected.

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