It’s been said so many times that it’s become a cliche: The NFL game is won and lost in the trenches. This is absolutely true. It couldn’t be truer for the Cleveland Browns today when they play the Minnesota Vikings.
Containing Adrian Peterson before he can get out into the open, and pressuring Christian Ponder before a receiver can break open is going to be how you slow down the Vikings offense. Protecting Brian Hoyer is going to be the only hope for the Browns offense.
The Browns won’t be doing anything on the ground today. Willis McGahee is not going to walk in off the street, have one practice and run all over the place, and neither will Chris Ogbonnaya. I didn’t even know Bobby Rainey was on the team, so there’s that.
Hoyer is going to have to win this game. Yep, Browns fans, it’s all come down to the third-string quarterback. Great season. But today is all about the Browns passing game. Anyone feeling confident?
Obviously the defense is going to have to shut down Peterson. It turns out that the key to winning any game (spoiler alert) is to outscore your opponent. I don’t get the feeling that the Browns will be scoring many points. That means keeping the Vikings off the board.
Well, good luck with that, and good luck with winning. I really don’t see it. If it is going to happen, it’s going to have to happen on the defensive side of the field. They will need to do it with stops and with some turnovers.
My prediction? Vikings win this one 27-10. Great season.