Minnesota Vikings vs. Cleveland Browns RECAP, score and stats | NFL Week 8
Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer will face the Minnesota Vikings in London on Sunday. (AP Photo | Ron Schwane)
The NFC North leading Minnesota Vikings (5-2), led by quarterback Case Keenum, met the winless Cleveland Browns (0-7), led by quarterback DeShone Kizer, in NFL Week 8 action on Sunday, October 29, 2017 (10/29/17) at Twickenham Stadium in London, England.
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Here’s the AP recap:
LONDON (AP) — Case Keenum threw for two touchdowns and Kai Forbath made four field goals as the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Cleveland Browns 33-16 at Twickenham Stadium in the last of four games held this season in Britain.
Adam Thielen had five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown for the NFC North-leading Vikings (6-2), who trailed 13-12 at halftime — the first time the Browns, 0-8 for the second consecutive year, claimed a mid-game lead this season.
Cleveland, without starting left tackle Joe Thomas for the first time since 2006, scored first, taking a 6-0 lead on its second play from scrimmage before kicker Zane Gonzalez’s missed extra point. Middle linebacker Joe Schobert’s interception return to the Vikings’ 37-yard line led to an 11-yard reception by David Njoku and a 26-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Crowell.
A 1-yard run by rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer with 40 seconds remaining in the half helped overcome Forbath’s first field goal and an 18-yard touchdown reception by Thielen to push Cleveland’s lead to 13-9.
Forbath ended the half with a 34-yard attempt to make it 13-12, then scored first in the third quarter when a fumble by Crowell set up a 43-yarder.
Although Gonzalez’s 23-yard field goal restored the Browns’ lead at 16-15, the Vikings scored 18 unanswered points: a 1-yard touchdown run by Jerick McKinnon — and McKinnon’s 2-point conversion — as well as a 5-yard touchdown reception by tight end Kyle Rudolph and, with 1:14 remaining, Forbath’s final field goal.
Keenum, the first player to appear in two games at Twickenham, finished 27 for 43 for 288 yards. Kizer, meanwhile, completed 18 of 34 passes for 179 yards and did not throw an interception for the first time this season.
Crowell, who scored his first touchdown of the year, had 64 rushing yards to lead a ground attack that gained 115 against Minnesota’s fourth-ranked rushing defense.
Vikings right tackle Mike Remmers left after sustaining a concussion on the second drive and was replaced by Rashod Hill, who had previously appeared in four games this season.
Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun left in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return, and running back Duke Johnson exited late and was evaluated for a concussion.
Cleveland was missing three starters due to injury, including top overall draft pick Myles Garrett (concussion).
Vikings: Could have QB Teddy Bridgewater back from a knee injury sustained in the summer of 2016 when they visit the Washington Redskins on Nov. 12 after a bye.
Browns: Will face the Detroit Lions on Nov. 12 after a bye. They have not defeated Detroit on the road since 1983.
Here’s what you need to know:
Where: Twickenham Stadium, London
When: Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. Eastern
TV: NFL Network
Livestream: NFL Mobile app
Line: Vikings -9.5
Vikings notes: QB CASE KEENUM has 8 TD passes vs. 2 INTs for 94 rating in past 7 on road. * RB LATAVIUS MURRAY rushed for 113 yards & TD in Week 7. Had 139 rush yards & TD in last meeting (9/27/15 with Oak.). RB JERICK MC KINNON has 302 scrimmage yards (100.7 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3. * WR ADAM THIELEN ranks 4th in NFL in rec. yards (529) & 5th in catches (43). In past 4 on road, has 26 receptions for 381 yards (95.3 per game) & 2 TDs. WR STEFON DIGGS has 5 TD catches in past 6. Has 275 rec. yards (91.7 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3. Since 2016, TE KYLE RUDOLPH ranks 3rd among NFL TEs in receptions (109) & TD catches (9). * DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had 2 sacks & FF in Week 7. Has sack in all 7 games this season & is 6th player since 1982 with sack in each of team’s 1st 7 games. Has 5 sacks & FF in past 4 on road. Aims for 3rd in row on road vs. AFC with 2+ sacks. LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with career-high 13 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Has 31 tackles (10.3 per game) in past 3 vs. AFC. LB ANTHONY BARR had 11 tackles & sack in Week 7. Aims for 5th in row with PD. DE DANIELLE HUNTER has 3 sacks in past 4. S HARRISON SMITH has 2 INTs & 1.5 sacks in past 3. Had INT in last meeting. Since 2012, is only NFL safety with 15+ INTs (15) & 9+ sacks (9). CB TRAE WAYNES aims for 6th in row with PD.
From a wild Raiders win over the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, to a heartbreaking Jets loss to the Miami Dolphins, to another Giants loss at the hands of the Seahawks, to Patriots dominance in a Super Bowl rematch on Sunday Night Football, to the Eagles continuing to show they are the NFL’s best team on Monday Night Football, the NFL gave us no shortage of talking points this week.
Browns notes: QB CODY KESSLER has 95.9 rating in past 5 starts. Rookie QB DE SHONE KIZER is 1 of 5 QBs with 125+ rush yards (126) & 2+ rush TDs (2). * RB ISAIAH CROWELL has 562 scrimmage yards (93.7 per game) with 4 rush TDs in past 6 vs. NFC. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. has 314 rec. yards, 3rd most among NFL RBs. Has 146 catches since entering league in 2015, 2nd most among NFL RBs. Leads team with 32 catches & 314 rec. yards. * TE DAVID NJOKU (rookie) ties for lead among NFL rookies with 3 TD catches. Njoku (16 catches, 176 rec. yards) & TE SETH DE VALVE (16, 194) are 1 of 2 pairs of NFL TE teammates (JORDAN REED & VERNON DAVIS) with 15+ catches & 150+ rec. yards in 2017. * LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had career-high 17 tackles & FF in Week 7. Has 27 tackles (13.5 per game) in past 2. Ties for 4th in NFL with 59 tackles. Rookie DE MYLES GARRETT aims for 4th in row with 1+ sack. Has 4 sacks in 1st 3 career games, tied for 2nd most in player’s 1st 3 career games in past 20 years. Ties for lead among NFL rookies with 4 sacks. LB JAMIE COLLINS, SR. had sack last week. Has 28 tackles (9.3 per game), sack & FF in 3 career games vs. NFC North. CB JASON MC COURTY aims for 3rd in row with INT. Is 1 of 2 NFL players (DAMARIOUS RANDALL) with 3+ INTs (3) & INT-TD (1) in 2017. LB JOE SCHOBERT has 8+ tackles in 4 of past 5. — NFL Communications