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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Scribbles in my notebook as the Cleveland Browns prepare to face the Minnesota Vikings this morning in London: This game could be a test of Hue Jackson’s leadership. I’m not talking about the results. But in the three games in London this season, the average margin of victory has been 30 points. Here are the scores of the first three London games: Rams 33-0 over Arizona, Saints 20-0 over Miami, and Jacksonville 43-7 over Baltimore. The results of those games reveals one team is interested in playing, the other mentally checked out over the Atlantic Ocean. The excuses and obstacles are in place: The Browns are without star left tackle Joe Thomas (triceps surgery), Myles Garrett (concussion), Jason McCourty (ankle). Some others may be out, but those are three of the Browns best players The Vikings are without star rookie running back Dalvin Cook (knee surgery). They are starting Case Keenum, their third-string quarterback. He is 3-2 as a starter with the Vikings, five TDs compared to two interceptions. He is a game-manager type. Former Browns head coach Pat Shurmur (2011-12) has done an excellent job as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator. He was hired in 2016 when Teddy Bridgewater was supposed to start at quarterback, but Bridgewater suffered a major knee injury and he’s still out. The Viking brought in Sam Bradford, and they were 7-8 with him as a starter last season. Bradford played in two games this year, both wins. Then he was injured. That led to Keenum taking over. His career record was 9-15 before being 3-2 this season. Shurmur has adapted his offense to the different players. Even bad teams usually have something ready early in the game to score some points. The Browns have only 10 points in the first quarter. They scored a TD in the opener against Pittsburgh. They kicked a field goal in Houston. That’s it. They have been outscored 34-10 in the first quarter The Browns do need to run the ball to keep pressure off Kizer. But Minnesota has allowed only one rush TD this season. The Browns have only four rushing TDs this season, and two belong to Kizer. Crowell is having a miserable season with 287 yards in 91 carries — a 3.2 average. The Browns longest run by anyone is 19 yards by Duke Johnson. The running game has been one of the biggest disappointments this season. In the 12-9 overtime loss to Tennessee, the Browns were flagged for 12 penalties. Six of them were either false starts or offsides, the dreaded pre-snap penalties. My prediction: Minnesota 20, Browns 10. My record is 5-2

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