Vikings triumph in England
The Minnesota Vikings lead the Green Bay Packers by one game in the loss column in the NFC North Division after defeating the Cleveland Browns 33-16 at Twickenham Stadium in England.
Quarterback Case Keenum completed 27-of-43 for 288 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday as the Vikings rallied from a 13-12 half-time deficit.
It was the fourth consecutive victory for Minnesota, who got the better of the Chicago Bears, Packers, Baltimore Ravens and now the Browns before heading into their bye week.
Meanwhile, over in Detroit the Lions were coming up short against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers at Ford Field.
The game turned in the third quarter when the Lions decided to go for it on 4th down from the 1-yard line while trailing 13-12.
There was a certain logic to the decision as even with a failure to convert the Steelers would have been backed up against their own goal-line. And indeed after Matthew Stafford was sacked that was the situation that Pittsburgh faced.
Unfortunately for the Lions, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster and the speedster from USC impressively outran the Detroit defense for a 97-yard score, even as he looked over his shoulder for pursuers.
The Lions now travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers. Green Bay was idle this week with their bye and did not take advantage of the fact to sign a quarterback, despite the loss of Aaron Rodgers for at a minimum most of the rest of the season.
Detroit are now 67.00 to win the NFC North title, with the Vikings 1.001 and the Packers 67.00.
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