Browns vs Bears Preview
|Chicago Bears||Cleveland Browns|
|7-6||December 15, 2013, 01:00 | FirstEnergy Stadium||4-9|
The Chicago Bears picked up a big win at home Monday night over Dallas, keeping them in the race in the NFC North.
This week Chicago visits a Cleveland Browns team coming off a brutal loss in New England.
Da Bears got four touchdown passes from back-up QB Josh McCown in beating the Cowboys Monday night 45-28. At 7-6 Chicago is tied with Detroit for the lead in the North, although the Lions own the tiebreaker, having beaten the Bears twice this season.
Cleveland, on the other hand, will try to bounce back after giving up two touchdowns in the last minute to lose to the Patriots Sunday 27-26.
In the early betting the Bears, who have been one of the worst teams in the league to bet on this year, going 3-9-1 ATS, were getting a couple of points as underdogs at TopBet for Sunday's game.
The home team won and covered all three prior meetings of these teams.
The Bears will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 3-9-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Browns are 6-7 ATS. Chicago is 9-4 against the total, while Cleveland is 7-5-1 versus the number.
The Browns - Bears odds would favor the Bears if the lines were set according to power ranks. Cleveland is rated No. 24 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Bears sit at No. 15. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 24-19 win for the Bears.
Prop bet: Will the Bears allow a 100 yard Rusher for the 7th straight Week vs the Browns? (from Bovada
In their last action, Chicago was a 45-28 winner at home against the Cowboys. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (73) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Cleveland comes off a game where it received a 3-TD performance from Jason Campbell in a losing cause against the Patriots, a 27-26 final.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Cleveland's No. 27-ranked offense (19.77 PPG) against a Bears defense that ranks No. 28 at 27.69 PPG. The Browns passing attack has averaged 260.38 yards per game, more than the Bears give up through the air (224.54 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Bears feature the league's No. 32-rated road run defense, allowing 191.83 yards per game. Cleveland, meanwhile, ranks No. 29 in rushing offense at home.
A few Bears at Browns trends to consider:
Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Chicago's last 15 games
Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Cleveland is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 6 games
Chicago at Philadelphia, Sunday, December 22nd
Cleveland at New York, Sunday, December 22nd