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Browns-Bears Final Score: Cleveland steamrolls Chicago 25-0 on way to perfect preseason

After going 1-15 in the regular season a year ago, Cleveland goes 4-0 this preseason for the first time since 1986.

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With a dominating 25-0 win over the Bears, the Cleveland Browns finished the preseason 4-0 and look more-than-ready to welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1. Let’s recap how things went down.

The first quarter Bears offense consisted of nine run plays and zero passes, drawing the ire of Chicago fans who wanted to get a look at rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky. As Chicago got a trio or three-and-outs, the Browns were getting a handful of first downs with Cody Kessler getting killed every couple of snaps. The first quarter ended with both teams ties 0-0.

It says something that for a long stretch, the most notable moment of the game came when Trubisky was shoved out of bounds late, and collided with offensive line coach Bob Wylie from behind, nearly killing him.

While the Bears’ offensive futility continued, Kessler did get Cleveland going on one drive with a 22-yard screen pass to RB Matthew Dayes, 11-yard pass to WR Jordan Leslie, 16-yard pass to TE David Njoku, and finally a 27-yard touchdown pass to WR Rannell Hall to give the team a 7-0 lead.

That’s how it stood heading into the half. Kevin Hogan opened the second half with a lengthy drive, taking up nearly half the quarter. He got the team in range for a 53-yard field goal attempt, which Zane Gonzalez calmly hit down the middle to give the team a 10-0 lead.

A little bit later — still in the third quarter — the Browns’ defense demolished backup quarterback Connor Shaw for a safety.

Hogan continued to deal on his ensuing drive. On a 3rd-and-11 from midfield, he surveyed the field and found tight end Randall Telfer wide open off of a blown coverage for a 51-yard touchdown pass, making it a 19-0 game heading to the final quarter of play.

He wasn’t done there! On Hogan’s next drive, he hit Leslie for a 21-yard touchdown pass to make it a 25-0 game. Gonzalez missed the extra point off the upright.

The Bears’ final drive of the game was their best, alternating between Shaw and Trubisky due to Cleveland constantly knocking Shaw out. With 0:11 to go, the Bears took a timeout 9 yards away from the end zone. After an incompletion, it was 0:06 on fourth down...and Trubisky was SACKED FOR THE BALLGAME!

Quick Hitters

  • QB Cody Kessler: 11-of-19 for 144 yards, 1 TD. 2 rushes, 16 yards.
  • QB Kevin Hogan: 13-of-17 for 180 yards, 2 TD.
  • Coming out of no where, WR Rasheed Bailey had himself a nice day. WR Rannell Hall and WR Jordan Leslie also had their moments.
  • Each of the tight ends got some production in. Randall Telfer had a 51-yard touchdown, Seth DeValve caught a 35-yard pass, and David Njoku had 2 grabs for 28 yards.
  • The Browns had four sacks. They held the Bears to under 100 yards of total offense until the final drive of the game.
  • Final roster cuts are due Saturday by 4 PM ET. Teams can make there cuts to 53 players at any time, though. The Browns will have their pick of any waiver players by Sunday around noon.