The Cleveland Browns fly into the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bears in NFL Preseason Week 4 action. The NFL odds-makers have listed the game as a PICK with the total at 38.
Analyzing The Cleveland Browns vs Chicago Bears Betting Trends, My Pick & How To Watch
Analysis: The Browns got their first win of the preseason in Week 3 by beating up on rookie quarterback Jameis Winston and the rebuilding Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-7 as veteran quarterback Josh McCown had his best outing to date.
McCown tossed two touchdown passes and finished with a passer rating of 113.9 against the Buccaneers. Cleveland’s starting signal-caller opened both halves with long touchdown drives, though he likely will sit out the entirety of this Week 4 preseason finale.
"For the most part, when you go out in a little over a half and put up 17 points on offense, you feel good about it," McCown said.
With backup Johnny Manziel’s status for this contest still up in the air because of tendonitis in his throwing elbow, the Browns could be forced to play third-stringer Thad Lewis and fourth-stringer Connor Shaw throughout the this Week 4 matchup.
The good news is that Lewis had a solid performance against Tampa Bay in Week 3, throwing a beautiful touchdown pass to Josh Len in the win. Even better is the fact that the Browns have been very good defensively this preseason in not allowing more than 20 points in any game.
Chicago dropped its first game of the 2015 preseason period in falling to Cincinnati 21-10 in Week 3 despite the fact that Jay Cutler completed 13 of 17 passes for 98 yards in a decent amount of action. For this contest, the Bears will try to get the win behind backup David Fales with No. 2 Jimmy Clausen sitting this one out after suffering a concussion against Cincinnati.
For this contest, I’m going to urge you to back the Browns to get the win despite being on the road. The Bears didn’t look good at all on defense against the Bengals in Week 3 as they gave up three touchdowns and 210 yards of offense before halftime. Making matters worse is the fact that the Bengals did most of their damage with starting quarterback Andy Dalton playing just one series.
“I don’t think we improved,” Bears head coach John Fox said. “I just don’t think we played as tight and sharp as we did a week ago. Most of that was on third down.”
Betting Trends: Approximately 60 percent of the betting public like the Bears to ‘hold it down’ and get the SU and ATS win at home, but I don’t. Cleveland needs this win a lot more than Chicago does and I believe they’re going to go after it a bit more than the older, more mature, Bears.
Cleveland has gone 5-0 ATS in their last five Thursday night games, a nearly perfect 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games in the month of September, not to mention, an impressive 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games.
The Bears have compiled a pitiful 7-18-1 ATS mark in their last 26 home games while also going 0-4 ATS in their last four Thursday games.
My NFL preseason week 4 pick for this matchup is Cleveland with a final score prediction of the Browns 27 to the Bears 24.
How To Watch the Browns Vs The Bears NFL Preseason Week 2 Game:
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WEWS (ABC/5 – Cleveland)
WBNS (CBS/10 – Columbus)
WTOL (CBS/11 – Toledo)
WYTV (ABC/33 – Youngstown)
WHIO (CBS/7 – Dayton)
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WFLD (FOX/32 – Chicago)
WIFR (CBS/23 – Rockford)
WYZZ (FOX/43 – Peoria)
WRSP (FOX-55/27 – Springfield/Champaign)
WSBT (CBS/22 – South Bend IN)
WTVW (CW/7 – Evansville IN) [TD]
KLJB (FOX/18 – Quad Cities)
KFXA (FOX/28 – Cedar Rapids IA)
KDMI (This/19 – Des Moines)
KPTM (FOX/42 – Omaha)