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Bears Browns Betting Tips - Bears Venture Into Cleveland To Test The Browns

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/29/2012 6:51:01 PM

The Chicago Bears need to give their backup quarterback a lot of work this Thursday against the Cleveland Browns, but that's no guarantee of their success on the field.

Chicago Bears @ Cleveland Browns – Thursday, August 30   
NFL betting line: No line

Why Chicago Will Win

Many an online casino does good business because of the speculative frenzy of its customer base. In the NFL, it's very hard to speculate about the uncertain future of the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland scored just three points in the first three quarters of its week-three preseason loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Browns' first-team offense posted just three points in that loss, with NFL Draft selection Brandon Weeden (despite his 28 years of age) looking very much like a college player.

Weeden's speed and physical prowess will leave him vulnerable to fast defenses, and despite his ability to learn various concepts, he could be vulnerable if he doesn't show new dimensions of athleticism. Right behind Weeden is Colt McCoy, who spent 2011 as Cleveland's starter but has not been convincing this past summer. Cleveland faces a decidedly muddled picture at quarterback and, for that matter, so many of its other skill positions on offense. The Browns are a franchise that's adrift, and even though this is a preseason game in which Cleveland might be able to win against an opponent that doesn't care about the end result, it's hard to pick against Chicago.

The Bears are going to be served well in this game because their backup quarterback, Jason Campbell, is a better quarterback than either of Cleveland's top two signal callers. Campbell sits behind Jay Cutler on the depth chart, but he's been the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders, and his presence on the field (for extensive sequences, if not the whole game) should enable Chicago's second-team offense to thrive. The Bears have better backups, and in week four of the exhibition swing in the NFL, that's a very important point to absorb.

Why Cleveland Will Win

When athletes and the teams containing them show a poker face on gameday, they hope to mask confidence underneath the calm veneer, but in the case of the Cleveland Browns, it's an inferiority complex that's being hidden. Yet, for all the ways in which this team is suffering, Cleveland could very well beat the Bears because Chicago has been listless for most of this preseason. The Bears were throttled by Denver in week one, and their first team got waxed by the New York Giants last Friday, taking a 17-7 deficit to the locker room at halftime. Only against Washington in week two of the preseason did the Bears show some life.

This is a team that knows it has a lot to prepare for in the regular season, given that it must contend with two playoff teams, the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. The airwaves in Chicago are replete with breathless yet expectant talk about the Bears' assemblage of talent. The Windy City will be very upset with the Bears if they don't get to the postseason. Chicago has been dragging this past August, a likely indication of a pronounced willingness to go through the motions until games count in the standings. Cleveland isn't a better team than Chicago, but it will have more fuel in the tank for this contest.

Who Will Win

It’s true that Cleveland might play with a little more energy, but will that be enough to win? The Browns are so barren, so bereft of high-level playmaking ability throughout their roster. The Bears' backups are good enough to take this game away from the Browns. Pick Chicago here.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Chicago



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