By Wanda Wiedman //@WandaW63
The Chicago Bears have little to show for a dismal 2017 season. There was so much promise entering a somewhat easy schedule, only to be beaten down by injuries and a questionable coaching staff.
In the past four years, the Bears have lived in the bottom of the NFC North. Lead by two head coaches, (John Fox and Marc Trestman) three offensive coordinators, (Aaron Kromer, Adam Gase, and Dowell Loggains), and five quarterbacks (Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, Mike Glennon and Mitchell Trubisky). At least, for now, Trubisky is moving forward to next season.
But as silly as this sounds, it is now a matter of dignity for the Bears to beat the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Eve. They were already bested by the then 1-9 San Francisco 49ers by one point. The 49ers have managed to keep that momentum going winning four more with their future quarterback in Jimmy Garappalo.
However, the Browns are 0-14 and are looking to win at least one game this season. But it can’t be against the Bears. It just can’t.
Both teams have a rookie quarterback leading their team. Browns QB DeShone Kiser has started in 13 games with 221/410 completion attempts, nine touchdowns and 19 interceptions and a QB rating of 59.4. Though he has been sacked 31 times, Kizer is a mobile quarterback with 350 yards rushing. resulting in five touchdowns.
The Browns offensive weapons are running backs Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson, wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end David Njoku. But if the Bears defense can rush and collapse the pocket, all these weapons will not see anything from Kizer.
On the flipside, Trubisky has started in 10 games has thrown 162/271 completion attempts, 1822 yards, seven TDs and 7 INTs and a QB rating of 77.8. He has rushed for 202 yards and only one TD. Trubisky has been sacked 25 times.
The Bears have the power backs in Jordan Howard and Benny Cunningham, the elusive Tarik Cohen. They also have wide receivers Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy, and hopefully rookie TE Adam Shaheen. Shaheen was limited in practice on Thursday with chest soreness. Last week, Trubisky threw for 314 yards, one TD, and 3 INTs, in a loss to the Detroit Lions.
Kizer threw for 146 yards and two interceptions against the Baltimore Ravens. The Bears have the offensive weapons and the hungry defense to keep their dignity and finish the season at 5-11. But it all rides on the defense shutting down Kizer and Gordon and an excellent display of offense from the Bears players and Trubisky’s arm.
Browns need a win and the Bears don’t need to be the ones to give it to them. Ask defensive end Akeim Hicks, who told the Chicago Tribune, “We won’t be that team. Simple as that. We won’t let that happen.”
The Browns’ last win was actually on Christmas Eve 2016 against the San Diego Chargers. The Bears can’t let that happen. They just can’t.
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