Minnesota Vikings @ Cleveland Browns: Free ATS Winner Week 1

ctsports picksAnalyst ISeptember 10, 2009

HOUSTON - AUGUST 31:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a pass during pre-game warm-up prior to the preseasn game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on August 31, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

NFL is back and week one has some interesting matchups. Today we are going to give out our free pick in the Vikings at the Browns. Oddsmakers have installed the Viking as -4 pt favorite! These two teams have very different expectations as the Vikings are one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl whereas the Browns will be lucky to finish above five hundred. Today Sports Handicapper Craig Trapp will preview this week 1 matchup and give you his free pick!

A new coach and GM have the Browns hoping for some magic in 2009. But that is just what they will need in 2009 if they are going to win many games this year. The good news is they have a solid offensive line that should help whoever the starting QB ends up being. The bad news is neither of there potential QB's are dependable, the RB is over the hill, and the top WR led the league with drops in 2008. If you thought it could not get worse your wrong the defense lacks playmakers and will be lucky to not be in the bottom 5 of the league.

The Vikings are the favorite to represent the NFC in 2009. Minnesota has one of the top defenses in all of the NFL with an amazing defensive line. The Vikings take away the run from every team and dare them to throw into double coverages in the secondary. Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the NFL and with a very solid offensive line will be almost unstoppable this year. Oh and don't forget now the Vikings have Brett Farve. Not sure the new QB puts them over the top but it is still better than the backups.

This game is easy to breakdown. The Browns struggle to stop the run verse the Vikings which might be the best in football at running the ball. The Browns have a solid offense line but will have hands full with the front 7 of the Vikings. Making Cleveland throw the ball to win spells turnovers for Cleveland. The Vikes win going away and cover by at least double digits.

Free NFL Against the Spread Pick: MIN Vikings -4 for Craig's Free Pick