Cleveland Browns Need to Stop Adrian Peterson to Win Against Minnesota Vikings

Robert CobbCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2009

HOUSTON - AUGUST 31:  Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings breaks a tackle by cornerback Brice McCain #41 of the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on August 31, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Browns Backers,  

schism—"division or disunion, esp. into mutually opposed parties"       

One would never guess that the Minnesota Vikings were theologically astute when they alluded to the fact that there was a "schism" among players in their locker room, in their support for QB's Tavaris Jackson and long-time NFC nemesis from their arch rival, Brett Favre.  

You can't help but wonder if it will ever be along the lines of the "Great Schism" that split the Catholic Church in the 11th century, but you can always guess. 

As the Browns prepare for the home opener against the Vikings, who can be considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender. The Vikings have the guile of a legend in QB Brett Favre, the top overall player in the NFL in RB Adrian Peterson, and the defensive line tandem known as the "Williams Wall"; that may give the Great Wall of China a run for it's money.  

For the Browns to have chance of winning, they must stop All-World RB Adrian Peterson, and that will be a tall order for a defense that had a tough time stopping a run of diarrhea, ranking bottom in run defense.  

With the Browns focused squarely on stopping Peterson, this will open up the passing game for Favre to attack the Browns defense. Look for rookie WR Percy Harvin to gash the secondary with some clutch down-field catches.  

For the Browns to win they will need three things: (1) Come out aggressively with Quinn, (2) Keep the Vikings defense honest with play-action, and (3) Feed off the crowd.  

In coming out aggressive with Quinn, Daboll will need to throw multiple screens to Davis, Lewis, and Cribbs to keep DE Jaron Allen and the Williams Wall honest. Don't be surprised to see Quinn test the suspect Vikings secondary with a couple of shots down field. 

Expect Quinn to throw safe underneath check-down passes and extend plays by being using his mobility outside of the pocket. WR Mike Furrey will be his "safety blanket" on third down plays and tight spots when the protection breaks down.  

The last thing the Browns will need to do is feed off the energy of the home crowd, Browns fans everywhere have been waiting to see their future savior QB on the field.

The Browns must keep the Vikings under pressure with long drives utilizing dink-and-dunk passes. This will eat up the clock and tire the Viking's defense, allowing Quinn to be in position to land the knockout blow.  

Prediction: Browns 27, Vikings 24