Bears vs Browns: BGO's Staff Picks and Predictions

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Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; A Cleveland Browns helmet sits on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of New England

Only the Chicago Bears would have to bench the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week, but head coach Marc Trestman has a plan and he’s sticking to it as Josh McCown heads to the sidelines and Jay Cutler returns to action.  The 7-6 Bears head to Cleveland to face the 4-9 Browns in a game that’s critical for the Bears.   The Browns are relegated to a spoiler’s role yet again.

After a typical 0-2 start, the Browns went on a nice 3-0 run just after they decided to part with Trent Richardson and insert Brian Hoyer at quarterback.  Hoyer blew out his knee and the Browns have been vacillating between Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell in recent weeks.  How desperate are they for a healthy quarterback?  They had former Bears bustout Caleb Hanie come in for a cup of coffee.

So how does the staff here at BGO think the Bears will fare?  Let’s see what our team thought about this week’s game:

DeCon (7-6)

This week feels like a numbers game, so let’s go with that.  6 or 12?  12 or 6?  6?  12?  6?  12?  12 deserves thanks and respect, but this team belongs to 6, so I think 6 will deliver a win by the sum of their numbers.  This of course ol’ Mel can get 21, 47, 57 and 59 to fill some holes and 26 can cover their 12.

Bears 34 – Browns 16

Boomer (6-7)

I’ve finally thawed out from my trip to Soldier Field for the Bears’ whoopin’ of the Cowboys.  The whole time I was sitting there chewing my beer, I was mad I went against my guy and picked against the Beloved.  I should have known they’d do it for Ditka.

For this week, the Browns offer an interesting challenge with Jay Cutler’s return.  They have a solid defense and a couple

Dec 1, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) makes a catch in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

of scary weapons on offense with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron.  The Bears lost their last two road games to last place teams, but Cutler finds a way to rally the troops in a must-win game.

Bears 27 – Browns 24

Tooch (5-7)

Josh McCown played one of the best games of the season — out of anybody in the entire league — Monday night against the Cowboys.  His reward?  Likely a seat on the bench, as Marc Trestman expects Jay Cutler to start.  Former Bear Jason Campbell should have a field day throwing to Josh Gordon against a terrible defense, but the Browns won’t be able to score enough points to keep up with the Bears.

Bears 27 – Browns 21 

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