Below are the Chicago Bears Huddle staff picks for Bears vs. Browns on Sunday afternoon. As always, we asked one fan on Twitter to join us. Here’s who we got:
Fan Prediction (8-5)
@adamspeaks Bears win 35-31. Cutler throws for 350 4tds 1int. Forte runs for over 100. Defense looks better as browns really have no rb.
— Mr.Chicago Bear™ (@IKHAN21) December 15, 2013
Darren Doxey (7-6*)
Bears 28, Browns 24: Jay Cutler returns and continues this offense’s great production. But the Browns keep it interesting with wide receiver Josh Gordon playing the way he is. Ultimately, Cutler makes those few extra plays to win the ball game.
Blake Van Pouke (6-7*)
Bears 24, Browns 17: I’m hesitant to pick the Bears this week considering they basically do the opposite of what everyone thinks they are going to do. I do specifically like this matchup for the Bears, though. No part of the Browns’ offense pops out at you, aside from Josh Gordon, but at this point a more effective running game is the key to taking out this Bears team, and the Browns do not have that. I also think Cutler has a great game in his return and the offense keeps to business as usual.
Dominique Blanton (7-6)
Bears 27, Browns 24: As has it been all season, the Bears will need to score points in order to win. A lot has been discussed all week about how tough the Browns’ defense can be, but they been a bit overrated. They have some pretty good talent on that side of the ball but showed last week they are far from elite. Stopping Josh Gordon should be a point of emphasis this week since they don't have a clear cut No. 2 WR.
Matt Eurich (6-7)
Bears 24, Browns 20: All of the focus will be placed on Jay Cutler coming back, but the Bears’ run defense will once again be the key on Sunday. If they can slow down the average at best Browns’ running game and limit Josh Gordon, Cutler’s return may keep them in the playoff hunt.
Bob Warja (5-8*)
Bears 24, Browns 21: Another must-win game for the Bears, but before you start thinking the 4-9 Browns are pushovers, consider that the Bears have lost three games on the road to sub-.500 teams this season. That said, the game simply means more to the Bears.
Adam Oestmann (5-8)
Bears 31, Browns 20: All I truly know is that this thing is a powder keg waiting to explode if Jay Cutler takes the field and plays poorly for the Bears on Sunday. But if he is indeed healthy, I have no reason to believe he will play poorly, and a good Jay Cutler inserted into an offense that’s been playing well as of late should mean plenty of points.
* Each asterisk denotes the number of times a correct score was predicted.
All in for the Bears in a must win!
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