Browns hold on to defeat Vikings 14-7

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The Browns gave the Vikings every opportunity to win on Sunday, but ultimately Minnesota didn’t take them.

Cleveland came away with a 14-7 victory at U.S. Bank Stadium in a game that was much more eventful than the final score would indicate.

After Minnesota scored first with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to receiver Justin Jefferson, the Browns moved down to the 6-yard line. But Cleveland didn’t score after quarterback Baker Mayfield got sacked on fourth down.

Cleveland didn’t get on the board until late in the second quarter, with Kareem Hunt scoring a 1-yard touchdown run. But that took eight snaps from first-and-goal at the Minnesota 5. And the Vikings allowed the Browns to extend their drive with a defensive holding penalty on fourth-and-goal from the 2.

Then the Vikings made things worse by attempting to call timeout on the extra point because too many men were on the field. Minnesota didn’t have any timeouts remaining in the first half, which caused a delay of game penalty. The Browns took advantage by going for two, and converted the opportunity with a pass to fullback Andy Janovich for an 8-7 lead.

Two field goals by Chase McLaughlin gave Cleveland its seven-point, winning margin.

But Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield helped keep Minnesota in the game with clearly his worst game of the season. Mayfield consistently missed open receivers, finishing 15-of-33 passing for 155 yards. Perhaps his worst miss came on third-and-5 late in the fourth quarter, overthrowing an open Odell Beckham Jr. down the right sideline — a play that would have put the game away.

Instead, the Vikings had another shot with just one timeout remaining. On fourth-and-7, cornerback Troy Hill was flagged for defensive pass interference to extend Minnesota’s drive. And while Kirk Cousins had a chance for a touchdown as time expired, the pass fell incomplete.

Cousins finished the day with 203 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Running back Dalvin Cook was on the sideline for much of the second half and had just 34 yards on nine carries.

The Browns are on the road again next week with a game against the Chargers. The Vikings stay home to play the winless Lions.

28 responses to “Browns hold on to defeat Vikings 14-7

  1. vikingsfanincest says:
    October 3, 2021 at 4:30 pm
    Dalvin Cook is unstoppable

    Apparently not…

  2. Browns have lost enough ugly games that I’m ok winning a few…..defense is starting to come together……

  3. Should be a short season for the Vikings, they should be out of the playoff race by Thanksgiving.

  4. “vikingsfanincest says:
    October 3, 2021 at 4:30 pm
    Dalvin Cook is unstoppable”

    Apparently not…

  5. cmgeek says:
    October 3, 2021 at 4:43 pm
    “vikingsfanincest says:
    October 3, 2021 at 4:30 pm
    Dalvin Cook is unstoppable”

    Apparently not…


    Sarcasm. You’ll get there.

  6. WOW, that Browns D is LIT, that won’t be easy as an AZ fan, that game will be fun to watch in a couple of weeks. How’s Baker playing so far?

  7. I love my Brownies. I love Baker. But I count 3 blown TDs. He missed Hunt in the endzone high. He missed Harrison Bryant with wide open field ahead of him, again high. He missed OBJ. Browns should have won 28-7, at least. Baker needs to be more consistent on those throws if he wants Big Boy Money. But our Defense….

  8. Cousins is terrible. This guy chokes every. single. time. .. the Vikings will probably still pay him better than mahommes next year 🤦🏻‍♂️

  9. Congrats to the Browns, they have a good young team. Baker missed some throws which could’ve made the score a bit more lop-sided. Apparently, the only group happier with the Browns win is the trailer trash in Wisconsin. Kirk’s happy feet returned today, but I don’t pin this loss on him. The outdated/conservative offensive game plan and ultra-conservative coach will continue to cost the team chances at winning these close games. It’s too bad, because they have a decent amount of talent.

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    oldleatherlips says:
    September 30, 2021 at 12:08 pm
    Vikings over Browns. Best money line bet of the week.
    13 20 Rate This

    Oldleatherlips, Man you are such a great predictor. How much money did you lose???

  11. cheeseisfattening says:
    October 3, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    Nice win browns. I like watching football where neither team quits.
    And I like watching football where a team battles hard, finishes the job and lifts themselves to a 3-1 record. 😀
    Good luck, holding off the Lions the rest of the year. 🤣

  12. I wish we had a team as good as those trailer trash (per skolmn) fans have across the St Croix.

  13. Short season for the Vikings, huh? Seems to me it will probably be 17 games…same as most other teams.. and it might feel REEEEALLY LONG.

  14. The dream scenario is Zimmer is gone mid season and they hand over the reins to 94 year old Bud Grant while they look for a new coach. What a kick that would be! If you’ve heard any interviews with him lately, the guy is still as sharp as ever and even holds a yearly garage sale at his house. He almost returned to finish the season in 2004 when McCombs wanted to fire Tice, but McCombs was too cheap to pay Grant what he wanted.

  15. Can’t get a game winning field goal in week 2, can only score 7 points at home in week 4. This team is pathetic, pitiful and a down right embarrassment to the state of Minnesota.

  16. cheeseisfattening says:
    October 3, 2021 at 6:45 pm
    Nice win browns. I like watching football where neither team quits.

    Good for you. Flowers sometimes grow in the cracks of sidewalks. Don’t give up on the wishing, hoping, and praying.

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