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Winless Browns Play Host to Surging Vikings at Twickenham Stadium

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The NFL makes its final visit to London this season in Week 8 as the winless Cleveland Browns play host to the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings at Twickenham Stadium. The Vikings have won three straight to improve to 5-2 SU on the season while the Browns tumbled to 0-7 with last week’s 12-9 overtime loss to the visiting Tennessee Titans as 5.5-point underdogs.

Shark Bites
  • The Browns are 0-11 SU in their last 11 games in October.
  • The Vikings are 35-15 ATS in their last 50 games.
  • The Vikings are 6-2 SU in their last eight games against the AFC.

The Vikings grabbed the lead atop the NFC North standings and covered in a second straight game with last week’s 24-16 win over Baltimore as 5.5-point home chalk. Minnesota has built its recent success on the NFL’s fifth-ranked defense, which has surrendered 17.0 points per game this season, and just 14.3 ppg during its three-game SU win streak. The UNDER is 6-3 in the Vikings’ past nine when the total is set at 41 or lower.

Another lost season continued for the Browns with last week’s loss to the Titans, which drops Cleveland to 1-25 SU in its past 26. Despite their continued slide, the Browns deserve credit for playing some stingy football of their own, surrendering just 14.5 ppg over their past two home dates, and have seen four of their past five home matchups settled by just three points.

These teams have met just three times since 1995. The Vikings have won and covered on two occasions, but it was the Browns who came away with the win in their last clash, a 31-27 victory at Minnesota as 6.5-point underdogs in September 2013.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The point spread was settled in at +7.5 for the host Cleveland Browns earlier in the week, according to Bovada. The OVER/UNDER betting line was hovering around 38, with odds movement expected during the week at MyBookie.

OddsShark NFL prediction models pointed to a 26-15 result in favor of the Vikings on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Minnesota Vikings vs Cleveland Browns Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Cleveland Browns are 0-7 overall and 2-5 against the spread, while the Vikings are 5-2 and 4-3 ATS. As for the totals, Cleveland is 2-5 on the OU, and Minnesota is 3-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Minnesota injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 30 (Cleveland Browns) and the No. 13 (Minnesota Vikings) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Cleveland Browns' No. 32-ranked offense (14.71 PPG) against a Minnesota Vikings defense that ranks No. 5 at 17 PPG. The Browns passing attack has averaged 212.57 yards per game, more than the Vikings give up through the air (206.43 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Vikings feature the league's No. 11-rated road run defense, allowing 108.5 yards per game. The Browns, meanwhile, rank No. 28 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, Minnesota got a 113-yard performance from Latavius Murray as a key part of its 24-16 win over Baltimore.

In their last game, the Browns were Week 7 losers coming out on the wrong end of a 12-9 score against Tennessee.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Cleveland's last 15 games

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota at Washington, Sunday, November 12
Cleveland at Detroit, Sunday, November 12

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