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Viking invaders to take Twickenham by storm

Viking invaders to take Twickenham by storm


The Minnesota Vikings look well set to extend their three-match winning run at Twickenham on Sunday when they face a Cleveland Browns side hoping a change of scenery can alter their fortunes.

Browns fans must feel like they are watching a re-run of previous seasons this year having lost their first seven games, despite another healthy injection of promising rookies from the draft and a couple of free agents.

Once again the major issue has been at quarter-back with fourth-round choice DeShone Kizer struggling to make the step up to the NFL and he has been benched in recent weeks with Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler getting a chance.

Whoever plays at QB won’t have offensive tackle Joe Thomas protecting him, his league-record of consecutive snaps coming to an end last week due to a season-ending tricep injury, and without him in the line-up the Vikings defence should have a field day.

Minnesota have the fourth-ranked defence in the NFL this season, allowing an average of just 17 points per game, meaning the Browns to score under 14.5 points at 5/7 on Sunday appeals.

We could even be looking at a third shut out in four games staged in London this year should the Vikings D-line play to their potential.

Things on the defensive side of the ball have looked more promising for the Browns, successfully stopping the run in the majority of their matches.

However, pass defence is a major area of concern with only the New York Jets having allowed more passing touchdowns this year.

Their ability to rush Case Keenum, who will start at quarter-back for the Vikings, has not been helped by the news that star defensive end Myles Garrett could miss the game due to a concussion.

With all that stacked against Cleveland, it is no surprise to see the Vikings at 2/9 to win the game, with the Browns 33/10.

Minnesota’s offence might not have been the most prolific this season, averaging 20.9 points per game, but they should enjoy a good day at Twickenham.

Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon have done well covering for Dalvin Cook since the rookie running back went down injured, while Steffon Diggs is expected to return to action after two games out.

Keenum can be a little unpredictable but even he has enough about him to march the Vikings up and down the field given the quality of the opposition.

The Vikings are taken at 10/11 to cover the spread at -9.5 for this one as they look to open up a gap at the top of the NFC North with Green Bay on a bye and the Detroit Lions taking on Pittsburgh.

For Browns fans, the wait for a win goes on. And on and on and on.

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