MINNEAPOLIS (AP/WJW) — Myles Garrett and the Cleveland defense produced another dominant performance. This one gave coach Kevin Stefanski a victory over his old team.
The Browns beat the Minnesota Vikings 14-7 to improve to 3-1 on the season. The Vikings fell to 1-3. Garrett was credited with one-half of Cleveland’s two sacks and four hits on Kirk Cousins.
But the win didn’t come easily as Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield appeared to have trouble accurately throwing the ball during Sunday’s game.
“A win is a win, the ugly wins count just the same as the pretty ones do,” Mayfield said following the game. “We’re a good team we have to play a complete game in all three phases. I thought defense played great, special teams obviously was great, another big game … you know I just have to pick it up. We’re a good team to where if a day like today I’m off I can lean on those guys and insure I have that accountability for them.”
He went on to say, “I gotta be better. It’s just flat out simple, there’s just not much else I can say.”
Greedy Williams became the first player this season to intercept Minnesota’s quarterback. The Browns again leaned on their two-pronged rushing attack with predictable success.
Cousins hit Justin Jefferson for a touchdown on the opening drive. The Vikings failed to score on 11 more possessions.
“It wasn’t a perfect game by any stretch of the imagination,” Stefanski admitted after the game. “But we have plenty of work to do and we have plenty of work to do it.”