BROWNS AT VIKINGS PREVIEW
September 20, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-2) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-2)
BROWNS: In 2 career road games vs. NFC, QB BRANDON WEEDEN has passed for 501 yards with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 89 passer rating…RB TRENT RICHARDSON averages 88 rush yards per game on road vs. NFC (45 att., 176 rush yards)…WR JOSH GORDON led team in rec. yards (805) & TD catches (5) last year. Since ’08, WR DAVONE BESS ranks 2nd in NFL with 136 rec. on 3rd-down (RODDY WHITE, 148). WR GREG LITTLE averages 17.7 yards per catch on road vs. NFC…TE JORDAN CAMERON has 14 catches in ’13, tied for NFL-best among TEs, & ranks 2nd in league with 203 receiving yards…T JOE THOMAS has started 98 consecutive games since entering NFL in 2007…Defense allows 59.5 rush yards per game, tied for 4th-fewest in NFL…Rookie LB BARKEVIOUS MINGO (No. 6 overall) registered 1st career sack in NFL debut last week…Since entering NFL in ’10, CB JOE HADEN leads Browns with 9 INTs…
VIKINGS: QB CHRISTIAN PONDER aims for 3rd win in row vs. AFC. In past 4 vs. AFC, has completed 88 of 127 (69.3 pct.) for 947 yards with 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 97.5 rating…RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 180 yards & 3 TDs in only career game vs. Cle. Has rushed for 2,336 yards (106.2 per game) & 22 TDs in 22 career games vs. AFC. Since entering NFL in 2007, leads league with 9,042 rush yards & 78 rush TDs. Aims for 6th in row at home with 100+ rush yards & TD. In past 5 home games, has rushed for 800 yards (160 per game) & 6 TDs...TE KYLE RUDOLPH has TD catch in 5 of past 6 vs. AFC. Had TD catch last week. WR JEROME SIMPSON has avg. 20+ yards per catch in each of past 2 games. WR GREG JENNINGS has 6 TDs in past 6 vs. AFC (incl. playoffs). Since 2007, is 1 of 2 active NFL players with 15+ avg. (15.5) & 50+ rec. TDs (50). Rookie WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON tied team record with 105-yard KR-TD last week…DE JARED ALLEN has 24 sacks in past 21 home games. Since entering NFL in 2004, has NFL-best 118 sacks. S HARRISON SMITH has 2 INT-TDs in past 5 home games. DE BRIAN ROBISON had 61-yard FR-TD last week.