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Browns travel to London as they continue to search for their first win against Vikings

The Browns are coming off a disappointing loss to the Tennessee Titans, a game in which the Browns lost 12-9 in overtime. The defense was spectacular throughout the game but the lack of offense failed the Browns in the end. The Browns have traveled to London to take on the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday. The Vikings are currently 5-2.

3 Keys to a Browns Victory:

  1. The Quarterback: It appears head coach Hue Jackson has created a new tradition. For the last three out of four weeks, he has switched quarterbacks at halftime. DeShone Kizer started last week’s game versus the Titans. Hue Jackson pulled the rookie just one drive into the second half. Kizer got off to a good start, protecting the ball, hitting the open wide receivers. But late in the first half, things fell apart for Kizer. he threw back-to-back interceptions that led to Hue Jackson pulling Kizer for second-year quarterback Cody Kessler. Kizer will be starting again for the Browns this week. It will be interesting to see if Kizer can learn to cut down the turnovers.
  2. Defense: One area the Browns have shown major improvements has been the defense. The defense is currently ranked 9th overall with a top-five rushing defense. For the Browns to give themselves a chance to win on Sunday, they will have to force the Vikings to rely on their running game.
  3. Protecting the Quarterback: The Browns will be without their future Hall of Fame left tackle, as Joe Thomas is out for the season with a torn tricep. Thomas is the heart and soul of Cleveland football, so this will be strange for Browns fans. Spencer Drango will get the nod on Sunday at left tackle. Kizer now needs to be aware that there is a weakness on his left side now. Veterans like Joel Bitonio, Kevin Zeitler, J.C. Tretter will have to step up Sunday and give Kizer a chance to make good throws.

Injury Report:

Browns: DL Trevon Coley (Neck, QUESTIONABLE), DE Myles Garrett (Concussion, OUT), DB Jason McCourty (Ankle, DOUBTFUL), DL Larry Ogunjobi (Groin, DOUBTFUL), DB/LB Jabrill Peppers (Toe, QUESTIONABLE)

Vikings: DB Mackensie Alexander (Hip, QUESTIONABLE), QB Sam Bradford (Knee, OUT), WR Stefon Diggs (Groin/Ankle, QUESTIONABLE), OL Nick Easton (Calf, QUESTIONABLE), WR Michael Floyd (Hamstring, QUESTIONABLE), OL Riley Reiff (Knee, QUESTIONABLE), OL Jeremiah Sirles (Knee, OUT), DL Stephen Weathby (Knee, OUT)

Kickoff is at 9:30 AM. You can watch the live on NFL Network, CBS, and Yahoo.com  

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