This Thursday, for the second year in a row, the Cleveland Browns will take on the Chicago Bears in the final game of the preseason. By game four of the preseason, most teams have finished evaluating the majority of their players and the starting lineups for the regular season are usually close to complete.
Even thought the starting players for both Cleveland and Chicago are likely to only play a series or two, there are plenty of reasons to watch this game. The final preseason game, known affectionately here on Bleacher Report as the "Bubble Bowl," can actually be quite exciting, as players on the roster bubble play as if their careers depend on it. In many cases, they actually do.
Teams must trim their rosters down to 53 players this weekend and there are several players for the Browns who are walking a razor's edge between making the team and being a casualty of final roster cuts. While the first team players will simply try to get in and out of this game without injury, these players will be playing with great determination and intensity. For the players who ultimately do not make Cleveland's final roster, Thursday's game will be a chance to audition for a job with another team.
There are also usually a few starting spots still up for grabs and players in the mix will be doing everything possible to prove that they deserve an opportunity to start.
While preseason games may not count, they definitely do matter and here are some reasons for Browns fans to watch the final tune up game of 2010.