Browns vs. Vikings NFL Prediction
The Browns are only 1-point road favorites against the Vikings in Week 4 despite appearing to be the more dominant team. Will Minnesota come through as a home dog like it did last week in its win over the Seahawks?
257 Cleveland Browns (-1) at 258 Minnesota Vikings (+1); o/u 51.5
1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, October 3, 2021
NFL Week 4 Regular Season
Cleveland Browns DFS Spin
Baker Mayfield completed 19-of-31 passes for 246 yards and one score in Cleveland's 26-6 trouncing of the Bears. He also scrambled four times for 31 yards — a terrific sign last week's shoulder injury is a thing of the past. Although the box score won't show it, Mayfield admittedly left two touchdowns on the field Sunday, missing Demetric Felton over LB Roquan Smith for a would-be score before overthrowing Harrison Bryant running wide open in the end zone in the second half. Fortunately, Mayfield could afford to get away with those mistakes since Cleveland's front-seven dominated this one with nine sacks and just 47 total yards allowed. Next week's matchup against Minnesota is a juicy one, but Mayfield's involvement in a run-heavy scheme leaves him best deployed as a QB2 for SuperFlex leagues.
Minnesota Vikings DFS Spin
Dalvin Cook (ankle) is questionable for Week 4 against the Browns. Unlike last week, Cook participated (albeit limited) in every practice throughout the week and should be active based solely on the sheer reps he took ahead of Sunday. The Vikings showed no fear in giving him a full workload following last year's injury, handing him 220 of the team's 247 backfield carries over his last nine starts. Barring a report on any limitations, managers can fire up Cook as a top-five option in his return to the field.
Browns vs. Vikings Betting Prediction
The Browns are 2-6 against the spread in their last eight October games, are 1-7 against the number in their last eight games as a road favorite and are winless at the betting window in their last eight games coming off a win of more than 14 points. The Vikings, meanwhile, are 10-3-1 against the number in their last 14 games in October, are 19-6-1 against the spread in their last 26 games as a home underdog and are 5-2 at the betting window in their last seven games when facing an opponent with a winning record.
NFL WEEK 4 BETTING PREDICTION: MINNESOTA VIKINGS +1