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Minnesota Vikings vs Cleveland Browns is a huge game for both teams on Sunday, as the NFL 2013 regular season enters week 3. Both teams are 0-2 and desperately need a win today. For one it could be the start on the road to recovery, but for the other team, falling to 0-3 could spell the start of a painfully long season. The game will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream (details below).
Not many would have expected Minnesota to be in this predicament after their opening two games, and many had thought they would be one of the strong contenders this season. However, they haven't played terribly bad, but have simply come out on the wrong side of tight games so far.
When the Vikings have needed big plays in high pressured situations they've come up short so far, and they need to find that extra 10 or 20 percent to get them over the line.
On the bright side for the Vikings, both of the opening games they've lost have come on the road and starting with this game against the Browns they will go on a stretch of three straight home games.
Despite losing their opening two games the Vikings are actually ranked seventh in total points scored per game – averaging 27 points per game so far. Of course Adrian Peterson has much to do with that, and although it seems he is still ramping up towards his absolute top form, he has posted 193 yards from 44 carries, averaging 4.4 yards, and scoring two touchdowns.
The Browns have been much less effective, and in their two losses so far they have scored just 16 points. Averaging eight points per game will not get them very far this season, and they offensive bluntness could cost them dearly this season.
They have lost 10-23 to the Miami Dolphins in week 1, and 6-14 on the road to Baltimore last week. Following this game they will go on a stretch of three consecutive home games.
Minnesota Vikings vs Cleveland Browns will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on CBS or alternatively online through live stream by clicking here.