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Browns pull out all the stops in 31-27 win over Vikings

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The Cleveland Browns entered Mall of America Field with a third string quarterback, a pair of running backs no one had heard of and a bag of tricks that proved to be plenty to pick up their first win of the season 31-27 and in the process send the Vikings to 0-3.

"Obviously we need to tweak some things and get some things corrected," said Frazier. "We've got some high character guys. I think they'll respond the right way."

After finishing last season 10-6 and winning four games in December to make the playoffs, the message through the first three games has been the same. Correct the mental errors.

Brian Hoyer threw for three touchdowns and 321 yards against a defense that for the second straight week failed to hold a lead in the final minute.

The special teams units had a horrible day giving up a 34 yard run on a fake punt which led to a Cleveland field goal. The biggest gaffe came in the third quarter when the Browns lined up for a field goal but were able to sneak Jordan Cameron on the sideline and without being detected, caught a touchdown pass, one of three on the afternoon.

"We didn't recognize it," said Frazier. "They did a better job of executing there, we didn't see it."

Christian Ponder continued to struggle completing 25 of 42 passes for 228 yards with a pair of turnovers. His interception came on a deflected ball, but his fumble took points off the board before halftime.

The defensive secondary is in shambles after injuries to corner back Chris Cook (groin), AJ Jefferson (ankle) and Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) and the lack of depth proved costly late in the game. For the second straight game, the defense forced four turnovers and failed to come away with a win.

The Vikings travel to London and will face Pittsburgh on Sunday.

"It is what it is," said Frazier on the road trip. "We've got to go get ourselves a win."

Adrian Peterson carried 25 times for 88 yards and scored the first points of the game on a two yard touchdown run.

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