Matchup Preview: Offensive Lines versus Front 7s
In that article we matched up each offensive lines versus the opposing Front 7s. We gave the advantage to both defensive Front 7s as we saw limited offensive lines and pretty dominate defenses.
Where we were right: Both defensive lines kept their advantage in the game. The Browns were very limited in the run game while their defense held Adrian Peterson to “only” 88 yards on 25 carries. The Vikings QB was sacked 6 times while the Browns only 3.
Where we were wrong: The Vikings only sacked Hoyer 3 times which shows some improvement from the Browns line.
Matchup Preview: Offensive Weapons versus Their Defenders
Here we previewed both weapons and their defenders. We expected an advantage at all levels to the Vikings including at QB, skilled receivers and defending the Browns.
Where we were right: We were not right.
Where we were wrong: The Browns “held” Peterson down. Hoyer was better, even with his 3 INTs, then Ponder and no Vikings receiver had more then 50 yards receiving. The Browns had Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron each scoring a TD, with Cameron having 3. Gordon also had 146 yards receiving.
We predicted a win for the Vikings in a low scoring affair, 17-13, with the Vikings pounding the ball and Hoyer making a key mistake late in the game.
Where we were right: It was a close game and we had the difference correct. The Vikings did try to pound the ball with 31 total rushing attempts. Hoyer did make mistakes, 3 INTs in all.
Where we were wrong: The Browns won a high scoring affair. Hoyer outplayed Ponder and limited his mistakes to a short time in the middle of the game. The Browns led themselves on a late game winning drive, where Hoyer placed a perfect ball for Cameron.
We did decent with our predictions given the turnover for the Browns on offense. Next week will be interesting as the team returns home against a vaunted Bengal defense. How was this game different then you expected? Better? Worse?