- NFL Matchups: Bears vs Browns
- Bears vs Browns Injury Report
- Bears vs Browns Head-to-Head
- Bears vs Browns Game Information
- Bears vs Browns Betting Lines
- Bears vs Browns Prediction
- Bears vs Browns Trends
- Bears vs Browns Edge
- Bears vs Browns Results
- Bears vs Browns Game Injuries
- Bears vs Browns Game Summary
NFL Matchups: Bears vs Browns
The Chicago Bears (2-0) look to end the preseason undefeated with a win on the road against the Cleveland Browns (1-1) Saturday. But, the Bears are dealing with some injuries at key positions and are +1 underdogs on the spread on the road. The NFL odds have the total listed at 41½.
Justin Fields has been involved in a couple of drives with strong results. He went 5-for-7 with 39 yards last week and 4-for-7 with 48 yards in Week 1. Word on the street is that Fields is going to play the entire first half of the Chicago Bears’ preseason finale against Cleveland. He will have some veterans to throw to, but it’s likely that most of the top-tier guys don’t overexert themselves.
Trevor Siemian and Nathan Peterman will take over in the second half with neither separating themselves so far as a clear number two. Neither looked good in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. Had they been playing a better team, the Bears’ offense would have struggled a lot more during those drives. The backups completed less than 50% of their passes and the Bears look like a one-man show heading into the regular season.
The Cleveland Browns have a ton of heat on them after making the controversial decision to sign Deshaun Watson. But, while he’s suspended, the Browns need Jacoby Brissett to step up and make fast friends with these starting receivers. If Brissett and Amari Cooper can develop a rapport, the Browns could be headed to the playoffs in 2022.
It begs the question of why the Browns’ coaching staff decided to wait three weeks to give Brissett some in-game reps. Josh Dobbs played well in Week 2, but it did nothing to help the Browns prepare for 11 weeks with Brissett under center.
If Brissett sees significant action on Saturday, the Browns could do some serious damage. The Bears gave up 324 total yards against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 and could be in trouble if those struggles continue. Brissett will be the best QB Chicago has seen for more than a few downs in the preseason.
Bears vs Browns Injury Report
The Bears are dealing with several injuries that leave them thin on offense against Cleveland. Wide receivers Byron Pringle and Tajae Sharpe are questionable while David Moore was landed on the IL this past Sunday. Running backs Khalil Herbert and David Montgomery are also questionable so suit up in Week 3.
The Browns are dealing with a few offensive injuries of their own. Wideouts Daylen Baldwin and Michael Woods are questionable. Defensive tackle Isaiah Thomas and defensive end Perrion Winfrey are also questionable to play on Saturday.
Bears vs Browns Head-to-Head
The last time these teams played, The Browns dismantled the Bears 26-6 in Cleveland. The win moved Cleveland to 10-7 all-time against the Bears. Despite holding the advantage all time, 2021 was the first time the Browns beat Chicago since 2005.
Bears vs Browns Game Information
- Game: Bears vs Browns
- Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
- Day/Time: Thursday, Aug 27, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Bears vs Browns Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Bears vs Browns Betting Lines
|Chicago Bears||+5 -110||+180||41½-110o|
|Cleveland Browns||-5 -110||-220||41½-110u|
Bears vs Browns Prediction
The Browns enter Week 3 with advantages top to bottom on both offense and defense. There are some kinks to work out, but that’s what the preseason is for. With Deshaun Watson out until Week 12, Brissett needs to grow his working relationship with Amari Cooper & Co. fast. Chicago wants to avoid what would be an embarrassing loss to Baker Mayfield and Carolina in Week 1. Getting Brissett prepared should be their priority.
With that in mind, we expect Brisset, and some starters, to see action on Saturday for Cleveland. While Fields will see work, the Browns have the depth and skill to overcome with Brissett steering the ship.