The Minnesota Vikings needed a big win, and they got it on Sunday. After two straight close losses, the team came back strong against the Seattle Seahawks, leaving with a 30-17 win. The team needs a win against a strong Cleveland Browns team to keep afloat in the NFC. Speaking of the Browns, they’re coming off a strong win of their own, completely suffocating the Bears offense while keeping rookie Justin Fields to one net passing yard. Cleveland would love to start 3-1 while the Vikings can’t afford a 1-3 record. Let’s see what to expect from some of the major players in this matchup. Check-in on the top player props for the Browns and Vikings.
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Kirk Cousins Over 282.5 Pass Yards
Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has always put up numbers, but he’s playing at possibly the best level of his career this season. The QB has tossed eight TDs without a single pick and is averaging 306 yards per game. He’s facing a Cleveland defense that can be shredded by a strong passing attack, and I expect him to continue spreading it out to his talented receivers. And, with Dalvin Cook dealing with an ankle injury, Cousins may have to do even more to try knocking out the high-flying Browns.
Nick Chubb Over 79.5 Rush Yards
It’s no secret that the Browns success is built on their running game. The team features a two-headed monster in the backfield with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt wearing down opposing defenses. I don’t see any reason why they’d change the game plan here. Chubb hasn’t had lower than 83 yards in a game this season. That shouldn’t change in a game where the Browns should look to control the clock to knock out the Vikings.
Baker Mayfield Under 20.5 Completions
This is less of a negative comment on Mayfield than the way I see this game going. The Browns QB can make some great throws, but he’s not a gunslinger because he doesn’t need to be. The mixture of spreading the ball through the air while powering through teams with their running back duo has worked well for the Browns, who are averaging 410 yards per game. The QB only had more than 20 completions once this season against the Kansas City Chiefs. I see the running game being more of a focus against a weak Vikings defense.
Odell Beckham Jr. To Score a TD
After coming back from last year’s ACL injury, Odell Beckham Jr. started looking like his old self last week against the Bears. The receiver hauled in five catches for 77 yards and I could see those numbers improving as he shakes off the cobwebs. He’s going to get some looks, especially seeing that fellow WR Jarvis Landry is currently on injured reserve. Plus, the Minnesota Vikings defense can be overwhelmed. The team is ranked 28th in the league in defense, currently allowing 290.3 yards through the air each week. Put a sprinkle on Beckham Jr. to find the end zone this Sunday.