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Minnesota Vikings Week 4 Game Release

Game Summary

The Minnesota Vikings (1-2) play their second home game in a row against the Cleveland Browns (2-1) at noon on Sunday, October 3 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The last time Minnesota played Cleveland was in 2017 at Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Cleveland Head Coach Kevin Stefanski will coach his first game as an NFL head coach in U.S. Bank Stadium after spending 14 seasons with the Vikings.

Minnesota captured its first win of the season in a 30-17 home victory against Seattle. Cleveland also registered a Week 3 victory, a 26-6 home win over Chicago.

In Week 3, QB Kirk Cousins started his 50th career game with the Vikings. His 26 wins is the most in team history among all QBs in their first 50 career starts with the franchise. Against Seattle, WR Justin Jefferson became the fastest Vikings player to 100 catches –
doing so in only 19 games. RB Alexander Mattison tied his career high of 112 rushing yards in a game, and TE Tyler Conklin set new career highs with 7 receptions and 70 receiving yards versus Seattle.

With his first sack in a Vikings uniform since 2019, DE Everson Griffen reached 75.5 career sacks as a Viking, becoming the seventh player to do so in team history. Griffen now has 81.5 sacks in his NFL career, ranking 12th among active defensive ends since 2010.
Former Vikings DT Kevin Williams will be inducted into the Vikings Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony during Legends Weekend. Williams was a six-time Pro Bowler and five-time 1st-Team All-Pro.

 

Vikings-Browns series

Won 12, Lost 4; Tie: 0; Home 7-2 (includes 1-0 postseason), Away 4-2; Neutral 1-0

Top Performers vs. Browns

KIRK COUSINS
2 games played with Washington (2 starts), 47 completed passes, 64 passing attempts, 512 passing yards, 5 passing touchdowns, 109.6 passer rating

HARRISON SMITH
2 games played, 12 tackles, 1 interception, 1 tackle for loss

ADAM THIELEN
1 game played, 5 receptions, 98 receiving yards, 5 receptions for a first down, 1 receiving touchdown

NICK VIGIL
7 games played, 17 solo tackles, 3 tackles for loss

 

Big days vs. Browns

• QB Kirk Cousins won both contests against the Browns while with Washington. Cousins threw for 183 passing yards and three  touchdowns in the 2016 matchup against the Browns (10/2/16), compiling a 116.5 passer rating.

• S Harrison Smith caught his fifth career interception against the Browns on September 22, 2013. Smith also recorded five solo tackles that same game.

• LB Nick Vigil started in five games against the Browns while with Cincinnati. Vigil led the Bengals in tackles, recording 11 in a win over the Browns on October 1, 2017. His 1.0 sack in the game was his first NFL sack of his career. • CB Patrick Peterson picked off QB Baker Mayfield in a 38-24 win over the Browns while with the Cardinals on December 15, 2019.

 

Vikings-Browns series notes

• The Vikings host Cleveland at U.S. Bank Stadium for the 1st time in the history of the series

• Minnesota is 12-4 all-time against Cleveland and played the Browns in the 1969 NFL Championship game, winning 27-7 at Met  Stadium on January 4, 1970 to advance to face Kansas City in Super Bowl IV. The game marked the last NFL title won before the merger of the NFL and AFL for the 1970 season. Cleveland finished the regular season 10-3-1 and won the NFL’s Century Division
of the Eastern Conference while the Vikings were 12-2 and Central Division champs in the Western Conference’s Central Division.

• Minnesota is 7-2 in games during the series played in Minnesota.

• The last meeting of the clubs was in 2017 at London’s Twickenham Stadium, a 33-16 Vikings win.

• The longest pass play in team playoff history is a 75-yard TD from Joe Kapp to Gene Washington in the 1969 NFL title game.

 

Vikings-Browns Series by the Numbers

Record vs. Browns……………………………………………………………………….12-4
Last regular season game…………………………. Vikings 33, Browns 16 (2017-UK)
Vikings largest winning margin ……………………………….. 48; Vikings 51, Browns 3 (1969)
Browns largest winning margin ……………………………6; Browns 23, Vikings 17 (1989-OT)
Current series streak……………………………………………………………. Vikings 2
Vikings longest win streak………………………………………………6 (1969-89)
Browns longest win streak ……………………………………………..2 (1986-89)
Most Points, Vikings…………………………………………………………….51 (1969)
Most Points, Browns……………………………………………………………31 (2013)
Most Points, both teams………………………………58, Browns 31, Vikings 27 (1969)
Fewest Points, Vikings…………………………………………………………10 (1967)
Fewest Points, Browns……………………………………..3, Twice (1969, 1973)
Fewest Points, both teams…………………………….24; Browns 14, Vikings 10 (1967)

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