The Associated Press
CLEVELAND (0-2) at MINNESOTA (0-2)
1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE -- Vikings by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Cleveland 0-2, Minnesota 0-2
SERIES RECORD -- Vikings lead 11-3
LAST MEETING -- Vikings beat Browns 34-20, Sept. 13, 2009
LAST WEEK -- Browns lost to Ravens 14-6; Vikings lost to Bears 31-30
AP PRO32 RANKING -- Browns No. 31, Vikings No. 24
BROWNS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (28), RUSH (29), PASS (22)
BROWNS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (6), RUSH (4T), PASS (12)
VIKINGS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (20), RUSH (10), PASS (20)
VIKINGS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (28), RUSH (26), PASS (25T)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Browns haven't beaten Vikings since 1989, losing last four matchups. ... This is last of five meetings at Metrodome. Marcus Robinson caught three TD passes from Brad Johnson to lead Vikings to 2005 victory. Last matchup at either site was 2009, Brett Favre's first game with Vikings. ... Vikings have outscored Browns 54-16 over two games but both are among eight winless teams in NFL. ... Brian Hoyer to start at QB, 19th to open a game for Browns since 1999. He fills in for injured Brandon Weeden. ... Trade of RB Trent Richardson leaves Browns thin in backfield. No others carried ball in first two games. ... WR Josh Gordon also makes season debut after serving two-game suspension for failed drug test, replacing Greg Little in starting lineup. ... Browns backup TE MarQueis Gray, inactive for first two games, was QB and WR at University of Minnesota. ... Browns' defense has yielded league-low 2.02 yards per rush. ... Vikings QB Christian Ponder, who has five of team's seven turnovers, was 10 for 16 for 146 yards in second half with four rushes for 13 yards last week in loss to Bears. ... Vikings RB Adrian Peterson on pace for 1,544 yards rushing. ... Vikings WR Jerome Simpson ranks fourth in league with average of 21.0 yards per catch. ... Vikings have only one sack. Browns are one of four teams DE Jared Allen doesn't have sack against in career. ... Kevin Williams will pass Alan Page for most starts by DT in Vikings history with 158.
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