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.
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
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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