Take Minnesota -9.5 away (in London) vs. Cleveland
Minnesota kept pushing their stranglehold on the NFC North after beating Baltimore 24-16 to move to 5-2. Minnesota’s defense was the story of the day, holding Baltimore’s offense to only 208 total yards. Cleveland almost got their first win of the year but fell a field goal short to Tennessee at home in overtime, 12-9. Cleveland is still struggling to find a solution at QB (surprise, surprise) after they benched Kizer (who threw 2 interceptions) for Kessler.
With Aaron Rodgers going down for the season, the NFC North title is now in sight for Minnesota if they can keep winning. They’ve been able to capitalize on both sides of the ball with a defense that ranks 5th in points allowed/game (17.0 PPG). Surprisingly the offense has been solid without Sam Bradford at QB as well, ranking 7th in yards/game behind a surprising Case Keenum. Cleveland is on the other side of the spectrum, with no solution at QB and horrible ball control – they rank dead last in turnover differential at -11. They had their best chance at a victory all season Sunday and missed out, and now they’ve have a very tall task in traveling to London to beat a strong Minnesota squad. With no answer at sight at QB, Cleveland will struggle once again against an elite defense and Minnesota should win easily.