Another late season game for the Cleveland Browns represents another opportunity to try and secure their first victory of the 2017 NFL regular season. There are just two chances left for the lowly Browns, but it won’t be easy for their mostly talentless roster. This is a team pretty much devoid of hope and they’ll be travelling to Chicago on Sunday for a showdown against an upstart Bears team.
Chicago too for much of the season didn’t have much working in their favour. But in recent weeks this team has fared a lot better and much of those improvements can be attributed to the play of talented young QB, Mitchell Trubisky. Though they enter with just a 4-9 record, they have played many close games and the stats would indicate this is a group that is better than their wins and losses would suggest. This team realizes a loss to the Browns would not only be super embarrassing, but it would also mark a significant step-back in terms of their recent play. Chicago is a play-on team for 2018, and it should be interesting to see if they can impressively close out the Browns in an otherwise meaningless match-up. Read on below for further details and game analysis for the Bears and Browns on Sunday afternoon, along with a betting prediction for this contest.
Browns vs. Bears Betting Odds:
Cleveland Browns +6.5 (-110)
@ Chicago Bears -6.5 (-110)
Over 38 (-110)
Under 38 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Browns vs. Bears Pick:
An opportunity to win last week was there for Chicago, but unfortunately Mitchell Trubisky didn’t start on time. Though he still managed to put up plus-300 passing yards against Detroit, he threw three picks and seemed to be staring down his receivers a little too intently. He was predictable and easy-to-read for the Lions, and I think he will be a lot better this week against an awful Browns’ stop unit. Rookie quarterbacks can definitely be inconsistent at times and this is just yet another example. For Cleveland’s defense, they’re devoid of any talent and couldn’t cover a statue. The Bears don’t have many talented playmakers on their offense, but even the likes of Dontrelle Inman and Adam Shaheen should be able to find space in the secondary for Trubisky.
On the other side of the ball is DeShone Kizer, who may just be one of the worst quarterbacks I’ve seen play in the NFL in all my time watching the league. He looks lost in virtually every situation and simply cannot be trusted to not have an error-free game. The mistakes he has made this year have been crippling, and he’s usually good for one of two mind-boggling turnovers a week.
Week 16 will be no different as Kizer battles a very solid Bears’ defense. Chicago is built similarly to a Baltimore stop unit that dominated Kizer last week, and look for the Bears to be able to get to Kizer with regularity and force him into a slew of errors and turnovers. Cleveland may manage a couple of successful-looking drives, but I’m not hopeful that Kizer can sustain any success or not negate it with a soul-crushing error.
Wagering on the Browns has just been a nightmare this season, so I’m not about to do it – again. The Bears remain hungry and know they’re already playing for next season, in what should be an optimistic year. As hosts, Chicago isn’t getting enough respect on the offensive side of the ball, and their defense should be able to limit the Browns with regularity. I think the Bears roll in this one, never giving Cleveland hope that they’ll be able to attain their first win of the season on Sunday.
PICK = Bears -6.5 (-110)