It should be an exciting matchup that will be largely decided by the backups for the two franchises.
Keep reading to find out where to watch this game, when it takes place, a few players to keep an eye out for and a prediction on the final score.
Where: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
When: Thursday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Listen: NFL Audio Pass
Betting Line: Cleveland -3.5, Over/Under 37
What’s At Stake?
The fourth and final preseason game is a time where first-stringers, and even some backups, will get a lot of rest.
Rosters will be down to an NFL-mandated 75 men by game time, and both coaches need to evaluate the fringe players before the final, 53-man roster can be set.
Expect to see starters on the sidelines and a lot of no-name players fighting tooth and nail to make the team in this contest.
Bears Key Injuries (via CBSSports.com)
DL Julius Peppers—Foot—PRB
LB Brian Urlacher—Knee—PRB
DL Nate Collins—Suspension—OUT (Returns Week 2)
Browns Key Injuries (via CBSSports.com)
RB Trent Richardson—Knee—QST
LB Scott Fujita—Suspension—OUT (Returns Week 4)
What They’re Saying
Pat Shurmur spoke with the press at a conference (transcript via Cleveland.com) after practice on Monday and talked about how the relationship between rookie QB Brandon Weeden and rookie WR Josh Gordon is improving.
In terms of them working together, I think I’ve seen huge improvement. I’ve talked a couple of times about how things run parallel. They’re both trying to improve. They’re both trying to learn the system. It’s very important that they both get to know each other, how the routes are run and where the ball is going to be thrown. I think I see improvement because they’re out there working at it. I see improvement in that relationship every single day.
Bears Player to Watch: Brian Price
The No. 35 pick in the 2010 NFL draft just shipped over to the Bears from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Chicago gave up a seventh-round pick in a future draft to acquire the talented but troubled young defensive tackle. He’s only been on the roster since late-July, so expect to see a lot of him tonight as the Bears try to figure out what sort of player they have on their hands.
Browns Player to Watch: Thad Lewis
The Browns have the top QB spot locked up with Weeden and seem to have their No. 3 guy that they want to develop in Thaddeus Lewis, an undrafted signal-caller out of Duke that came into the league in 2010.
It’s possible that he is going to push Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace off the roster, as his cost and upside are more reasonable for the Browns.
If he plays well against Chicago, expect him to have the backup to the backup job locked up.
Prediction: Browns 17—Bears 14
This should be a close game, but the Browns have a bit more to play for and should have more of their second-stringers in for a longer period of time. Chicago is looking like they will be the better regular season team, which is exactly why they will sit out most of their best players and backups for this meaningless exhibition.
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