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Suddenly steady Vikings scoop up Browns' errors

Associated Press
Published November 28, 2005


MINNEAPOLIS - After enduring a miserable, mistake-filled start to their season, the Vikings are winning by taking advantage of everyone else's errors.

Brad Johnson threw three touchdowns to Marcus Robinson, each set up by Cleveland turnovers, as the Vikings won their fourth straight in the battle of ex-Buc quarterbacks.

"That's the only way we can win," coach Mike Tice said. "It's the type of talent we have. It's the type of quarterback we have. We're going to be have to be that style."

Rookie C.J. Mosley and Keith Newman forced fumbles by Trent Dilfer, leading to Robinson's first two scores.

Dilfer hurt his right knee in the third quarter and was replaced early in the fourth by Charlie Frye, who was intercepted by Darren Sharper on the first play. Dilfer came back on Cleveland's next drive but Sharper picked him off in the end zone.

Johnson, 4-0 since taking over as the starter after a knee injury ended Daunte Culpepper's season, was his usual efficient self. The quarterback who led the 2002 Bucs to the Super Bowl title went 19-for-28 for 207 yards, with one interception, spreading the ball between Robinson, Travis Taylor and tight end Jermaine Wiggins.

NOTABLE: Mosley had two sacks after replacing Kevin Williams at tackle. Williams, an All-Pro last year who has one sack this season, sprained his right knee in the first quarter.