It felt as though Cleveland Browns fans knew their fourth-quarter lead was never safe in the team’s 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears. Why would they? They had seen the Browns blow leads the two previous weeks.
Like a destiny written in the stars, the Browns did blow the lead and once again find themselves losers of double-digit games in a season. That has happened 12 of the last 15 years in Cleveland.
There were small positives to be taken away from the loss, but more than that, there were things that became clearer. Some players established that they are ready for the big time, some established that they have some growing to do and others showed that they will always be who they are.
Here are some takeaways from the Browns’ eighth loss in their last nine games and fifth in a row this season.