Vikings Struggle to Generate Offense in 14-7 Loss to Browns

Vikings Struggle to Generate Offense in 14-7 Loss to Browns

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Vikings Struggle to Generate Offense in 14-7 Loss to Browns

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The Minnesota Vikings dropped a close game to the Cleveland Browns, 14-7, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Vikings fell to 1-3 after the loss to the Browns at home.

In his return to Minneapolis, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski picked up a big win against his former team. The Vikings needed a touchdown in the final 90 seconds of the fourth quarter to tie the game up, but they failed to avoid a turnover on downs. They received another chance on their next possession to even the score, but they fell short on the final play of the game that would have sent the game into overtime. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was unable to find the end zone.

The Vikings got off to an early start in the first quarter with a Justin Jefferson touchdown from Cousins within the first eight minutes of the game. The drive was set up by a 75-yard drive that was focused on runs from Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison.

The Browns worked their way down the field on offense at the start of the second quarter, but a fourth-down attempt inside the 10-yard line failed after Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen sacked Baker Mayfield.

When it looked like the Browns were stagnant on offense, they went to the red zone and were in a similar situation as they were before. On a fourth-and-goal, the Browns went for it, and luckily for them, a penalty was called on Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks in the end zone.

With a fresh set of downs, the Browns punched it in with Kareem Hunt from one yard out. After the touchdown, they went for two, which gave them an 8-7 lead over the Vikings with under two minutes left in the half.

At the end of the first half, the Browns extended their lead to four points,11-7, with a 48-yard field goal from Chase McLaughlin with six seconds to go in the half. The Vikings trailed the Browns, 11-7, in a defensive first half of action.

The third quarter was similar to the early stages of the game with a quarter of scoreless play. The game was decided in the fourth quarter since it was only a one-possession difference.

The fourth quarter saw some excitement when McLaughlin drilled a 53-yard field goal that gave the Browns a seven-point, 14-7 lead. On the ensuing drive for the Vikings, Cousins tried to launch the ball down the field to Adam Thielen, but his pass was intercepted by Greedy Williams 6:16 left in the game.

The lack of offense for the Vikings played a major role in the loss to the Browns. The Vikings are back at home on Sunday, Oct. 10 against the Detroit Lions.

Michael Daly is TWSN’s Beat Writer for the Minnesota Vikings and can be followed on Twitter @michaelbraydaly.

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