Home Finale; Browns Battle Bears
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns (4-9, 3-4 home) try to put last week’s improbable fourth quarter meltdown to the Patriots behind them, as they close out the home portion of their schedule as the Bears (7-6, 2-4 road) roll into town.
You can watch all the action on FOX 8, pre-game coverage starts at noon.
Seven days ago, the Browns were the better team for the first 59:00 of the game. Tom Brady threw a pair of touchdowns in the final minute, including the game-winner to Danny Amendola with :31 left, to pull out the unimaginable 27-26 win.
The Browns had numerous chances to win. Sandwiched between the scoring strikes, the Browns failed to recover an on-side kick at midfield that would have secured the road to victory.
“Anything can happen in a game and it did yesterday,” coach Rob Chudzinski told reporters in Berea on Monday. “We have to make the plays and take advantage of the opportunities we have to win those kind of football games
The Browns have lost four straight games, the last two were by a combined five points.
“We’ve played some good ball these last couple weeks and just haven’t been able to pull out the win, TJ Ward said this week. “I definitely want to get this win for our fans. We want to put on a good show for them, show our support, show our appreciation for them coming out and supporting us. It’d just be great to get back in the win column.
Jason Campbell will again get the call under center for the Browns. He was spectacular last week in the loss. Campbell finished 29-44 for 391 yards and three touchdowns in the defeat.
All indications are that Brandon Weeden will be the back-up for the game after being cleared from team doctors this week.
He’s been out since suffering a concussion in the Jacksonville game.
Chicago will start Jay Cutler. He’s missed the last five games with a groin injury.
Cutler went through a full practice this week and was deemed ready to roll on Thursday, when head coach Marc Trestman made the announcement.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from FirstEnergy Stadium in downtown Cleveland. P.J. Ziegler will have the highlights and post-game reaction tonight on FOX 8 News at 10.