Sep 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Bears won 31-30. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Browns vs. Vikings: Live Game Thread for Week 3


The Browns take on the Vikings with a new quarterback and a new running back in Brian Hoyer and Willis McGahee fresh off the street, but it is difficult to see how the offense could have been much worse than they were the first two weeks with Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson.  They also get Josh Gordon back off of his suspension, so seeing how they will be utilized this week could be a nice boost for the offense.

As Hoyerific as the offense might be, the more interesting aspect of this game to keep an eye on is the #4 ranked run defense matched up against Adrian Peterson.  The last time the Browns played Minnesota, they held Peterson relatively quiet in the first half before he exploded and dominated the second half capped off by a run and a highlight that Eric Wright would prefer never be aired again.  As good as the Browns run defense has looked, albeit in two games, Peterson can be a big time measuring stick.  He tends to be an all or nothing runner because of how hard defenses work to stop him, so he will get a number of runs that go nowhere and then break off a huge one that breaks the back of the defense.

Here is the live game thread to discuss the game and there will probably be some discussion about Richardson and how people feel about the move as well after a few days to listen to various arguments and come up with their own opinion.

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  • Kyle Quinlan

    Wow bad decision

  • Pete Smith

    Every time someone tries to talk up Hoyer, he goes and makes a terrible decision

  • Kyle Quinlan

    Hope sheard is ok

  • Pete Smith

    D’Qwell Jackson is just a total pro

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Trent Richardson would help, but I’ll take a first rounder.

  • Pete Smith

    Thank God. Sheard looks fine

  • Joe Mazzulo

    That could have been bad, really bad. Mingo is not ready for an everydown role.

  • Kyle Quinlan

    Timing is a bit off and little needs to clean up his routes

    • Pete Smith

      to me, that’s his big problem

      • Kyle Quinlan

        Really bad routes is a problem

  • Pete Smith

    Our 3rd kicker injury… that’s impressive. It’s week 3

  • Kyle Quinlan

    MVP punter

  • Joe Mazzulo

    I’d like to see them take a shot to Gordon or Cameron on first down, keep those safeties honest.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    RBBC of McGahee, Ogbonnaya, and Rainey will be fine.

  • Kyle Quinlan

    Any word on sheard

    • Pete Smith

      Knee injury. Return questionable

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Mingo just got crushed.

  • Pete Smith

    Uncle Buck with the sack.

  • Pete Smith

    Boom. Mingo with sack #2

  • Joe Mazzulo

    This defense is fun to watch.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    He is going to be unstoppable once he adds some strength. His explosiveness is almost unfair.

  • Pete Smith

    Not gonna lie… I didn’t hate that

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Poor call. Run the ball, get out alive.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Such a shame to see a playoff level defense get put into these situations.

  • Pete Smith

    Tie game. Successfully shown they are not waving white flag. Now, the Vikings can go ahead and put this one away

  • Joe Mazzulo

    That hurts. You have to be aware of that. Burn me once……..

  • Joe Mazzulo

    What an ugly possession.

  • Joe Mazzulo

    This is inexcusable.

  • Pete Smith

    No adjustment made… he keeps on gouging the defense for big runs

  • Pete Smith

    Browns have given up over 100 rushing yards for first time this year… 70 to AP and 39 to Ponder

  • Kyle Quinlan

    Mingo looking good

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Ponder is killing this defense with his legs.

    • Pete Smith

      it’s sad… almost outrushing Peterson now

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Nice tackle by Ward, that looked like trouble.

  • Kyle Quinlan

    Nice

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Nice stop, all things considered.

  • Pete Smith

    Good call for the bootleg that was absolutely killing them to that point

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Big drive here, we at least need to sustain something, give the defense a breather.

  • Pete Smith

    Mitchell Schwartz had done a great job until that play. That move has has proven a problem for him in particular

  • Kyle Quinlan

    Cousins is soo bad

  • Joe Mazzulo

    The legend of Brian Hoyer begins now.

    • Pete Smith

      The legend of Josh Gordon

  • Joe Mazzulo

    2 nice plays, better hope Gordon is ok.

  • Pete Smith

    You gotta be kidding me…

  • Kyle Quinlan

    Cameron wow

  • Joe Mazzulo

    What a drive! What a throw! and What a catch!

  • Kyle Quinlan

    And weeden is cut

  • Pete Smith

    Well… Derek Carr time

    • Kyle Quinlan

      What do u mean we have the myth the man HOYER

  • Pete Smith

    Ponder makes some dumb decisions on this drive… two ill-advised completions that killed their clock and wasted their last time out

  • Joe Mazzulo

    Desmond Bryant!

  • Joe Mazzulo

    The defense is too good for a realistic shot at Bridgewater anyways, I’ll take a victory any day!