CHICAGO – The Cleveland Browns face the Chicago Bears tonight at 8:00 p.m. First round pick—and second overall—in rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who is from the great Cleveland suburb of Mentor, Ohio was the center of much discussion of the Browns trading up to select him. The possibility of Trubisky nearly being drafted by the Browns after the Myles Garrett selection brings more intrigue to this game.
There is bad news for the Bears as receiver Cameron Meredith is out for the season with an injury.
Cleveland’s electrifying display of stellar defense against the first-teamers of Tampa Bay continues to be the point of pride. The fore-mentioned Garrett, Emmaunel Ogbah, Carl Nassib, Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey are applying much needed pressure against opposing quarterbacks. In the last two weeks, the Browns gave up only nine total points to starting quarterbacks Eli Manning and Jameis Winston.
In those two games, the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers scored a total of 15 points.
Browns Trades could pave the way for adding a receiver: With the Browns cutting fan favorite Joe Haden—and signing a three-year, $27 million deal—and trading former first-round pick in offensive lineman Cameron Erving to the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday.
Haden battled injuries including concussions which slowed him down. The Browns wanted to clear cap space, possibly for trades in the near future. The Browns are reportedly looking to trade for a receiver. Los Angeles Chargers receiver Dontrelle Inman and Seattle Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse are currently on the trade block.
Kizer named starter, questionable to play: After being named the 27th different quarterback to start for the Cleveland Browns, rookie DeShone Kizer may see limited work vs. Chicago. Taken 52nd overall in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the 6’4 230-pound Kizer has displayed the attributes of a potential franchise quarterback in going 5-of-10 on third downs and successfully moving the first team down the field in averse conditions. Despite going 6-of-18 for 93 yards and an interception, Kizer showed flashes of what he can be for the Browns.
Look for him to play a couple of series before giving way to Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan.
Prediction for tonight’s game: The Browns will hammer weakened Bears offense, create 3 turnovers in blowout win
Cleveland 28 Chicago 7