Vikings win 27-13
Mike Zimmer said this week that the Browns “are not that far away” from being a decent team, but let’s be real: Cleveland is bad.
I don’t know if Zimmer genuinely believes that the Browns are close or if he’s just being complimentary for the press, but the Browns are 0-7 for a reason. Their offense is dead last in points per game with an average of 14.7, and the team is also last in the NFL in turnover margin at -11.
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While Cleveland’s defense is better than you’d probably expect, the team suffered a huge blow this week when they found out that they’ll be without number one overall pick Myles Garrett for the game due to a concussion. The Browns front-seven is talented and can make plays, but the Vikings should be able to exploit Garrett’s absence offensively.
The Vikings don’t usually put up a ton of points offensively, and with the game being played overseas, I don’t expect that to change this week. It probably won’t be a blowout, but with how dominant the Vikings’ defense is and how terrible the Browns’ offense is, this game should be a relatively easy win for Minnesota.
If it’s not, this team will have some serious soul searching to do during the bye week.