Cousins, Vikings’ offense stalls against Browns’ pass rush


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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.

Cousins and the Vikings had to turn away from their short, quick passing game in an attempt to get anything going against Cleveland’s stout defense. Minnesota went 74 yards in 14 plays to open the scoring and then totaled 175 yards the rest of the game. Cousins was pressured consistently by Cleveland’s Myles Garrett and the Vikings had their worst offensive output of the season. Cousins finished 20 of 28 for 203 yards passing.

Garrett was credited with one-half of Cleveland’s two sacks and four hits on Kirk Cousins. 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.