Vikings 33, Browns 16

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LON­DON — Case Keenum threw for two touch­downs and Kai For­bath made four field goals in the last of four games held this sea­son in Bri­tain.

Adam Thie­len had five catches for 98 yards and a touch­down for the NFC North-lead­ing Vikings (6-2), who trailed 13-12 at half­time — the first time the Browns, 0-8 for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, claimed a mid-game lead this sea­son.

Cleve­land, with­out start­ing left tackle Joe Thomas for the first time since 2006, scored first, tak­ing a 6-0 lead on its sec­ond play from scrim­mage be­fore kicker Zane Gon­za­lez’s missed ex­tra point. Mid­dle line­backer Joe Schobert’s in­ter­cep­tion re­turn to the Vikings’ 37-yard line led to an 11-yard re­cep­tion by David Njoku and a 26-yard touch­down run by Isa­iah Crow­ell.

A 1-yard run by rookie quar­ter­back DeShone Kizer with 40 sec­onds re­main­ing in the half helped over­come For­bath’s first field goal and an 18-yard touch­down re­cep­tion by Thie­len to push Cleve­land’s lead to 13-9.

For­bath ended the half with a 34-yard at­tempt to make it 13-12, then scored first in the third quar­ter when a fum­ble by Crow­ell set up a 43-yarder.

Al­though Gon­za­lez’s 23-yard field goal re­stored the Browns’ lead at 1615, the Vikings scored 18 unan­swered points: a 1-yard touch­down run by Jer­ick McKin­non — and McKin­non’s 2-point con­ver­sion — as well as a 5-yard touch­down re­cep­tion by tight end Kyle Ru­dolph and, with 1:14 re­main­ing, For­bath’s fi­nal field goal.

Ty­rod Tay­lor threw a 6-yard touch­down pass to An­dre Holmes and also scored on a 1-yard run for Buf­falo. LeSean McCoy had a sea­son-best 151 yards rush­ing and also scored on a 48yard run.

The Bills im­proved to 4-0 at home for the first time since win­ning their first five home games of the 1995 sea­son.

And Buf­falo im­proved to 5-2, match­ing its best start dur­ing a 17-year post­sea­son drought — the long­est ac­tive streak in North Amer­ica’s four ma­jor pro­fes­sional sports. New Eng­land Buf­falo Mi­ami N.Y. Jets

Jack­sonville Ten­nessee Hous­ton In­di­anapo­lis

South W L T 43 0 43 0 34 0 26 0

North W L T 52 0 44 0 34 0 08 0

Pct PF PA .571 183 110 .571 158 173 .429 215 188 .250 142 246

Pct PF PA .714 147 116 .500 170 148 .429 122 135 .000 119 202

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