Cleveland Browns 2011 Predictions
Preseason Game 4: Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears
We see the final preseason game against the defending NFC North champion Chicago Bears.
It's definitely reasonable to say that the Browns have arguably had the most difficult preseason schedule, so it's not too far-fetched to think that it prepares them well for the regular season.
Also, when this game kicks off, most fans across the country will already have had their fantasy drafts, so the expectations will be set.
In addition, the regular season starts shortly thereafter, and you can't anticipate the starters playing more than one quarter (at most) in this game.
Therefore, here's where we have the rare opportunity to see some surprise players emerge.
A lot of the guys who play on the "grim, no glory, duty of special teams" get some action at their respective positions, which can ultimately lead to a spot on the final roster.
And when you think about it, how important are special teams?
Well, just ask the San Diego Chargers as they finished with a top five offense and defense, but only managed to finish 9-7 due to poor special teams play.
There's going to be a lot of unknown players doing work in this area, and if Cleveland can use the third phase of football to their advantage (especially with kicker Phil Dawson, and return specialist Josh Cribbs), keep the Browns on your radar.
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