Browns DC Woods dialed up a plan to surround Cousins from all sides

And the winner of Zimmer-Stefanski Bowl I was …

Joe Woods!

Oh yeah, did we fail to mention prominently enough in all the pregame hype that Cleveland was coming into U.S. Bank Stadium with another former longtime Vikings assistant calling plays on Sunday?

Our bad, Joe. And congrats on your dominant defensive game plan and a 14-7 victory that made Vegas look silly for putting the over/under at 51 ½ points.

“The defense was good enough for us to win when I’m playing quarterback like that,” said Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield, who also used some salty language to accurately admit he was gawdawful while throwing more incompletions (18) than completions (15).

While all the attention was on Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s defense facing off against Browns coach and former Zimmer offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski’s offense, it was Woods, the Vikings defensive backs coach from 2006 to ’13, who ended up calling the gem game of the day as Browns defensive coordinator.

Stefanski showed no outward emotion about beating his former team — “No, just happy to get the win,” he said — but had a grand grin while describing the game Woods and his defense had.

“The way they defended the pass,” Stefanski said. “Kirk Cousins, who is outstanding, was 6-for-6 on that first drive and 14 of 32 the rest of the way. The rush and coverage was outstanding.”

The run defense wasn’t too shabby either. The Vikings mustered only…

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