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Browns vs. Bears: Week 15 Need to Know

The Browns, or what is left of them after a week of injuries, host the Bears on Sunday. Here is everything you need to know about the game.

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The Cleveland Browns resume their playoff push on Sunday when they take on the Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Fans may need a program to know who the guys are in the brown jerseys after a week that saw the Browns place safety Grant Delpit, right tackle Dawand Jones, left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst on the injured reserve list.

Then there is the quarterback position where Joe Flacco, the fourth starting quarterback the Browns have rolled out this season, will make his third consecutive start after laying claim to the position the past two weeks.

Holding it all together is head coach Kevin Stefanski, who should earn considerable consideration for Coach of the Year honors for somehow finding a way to keep the Browns in serious playoff consideration with four games left in the season.

There are those games still to be played starting Sunday against the Bears, so let’s look at everything you need to know as the Browns look to pick up their fifth consecutive home win.

Game Info

Records: Cleveland is 8-5. Chicago is 5-8.

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Stadium: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

TV: FOX

Announcers: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez and Laura Okmin (sideline reporter)

Radio: ESPN 850, 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 WNCX, 89.1 FM La Mega (Spanish)

Announcers: TBD, Nathan Zegura, Jerod Cherry (sideline reporter)

First meeting: The Browns won the first meeting, 42-21, on November 25, 1951.

Last meeting: The Browns won the most recent meeting, 26-6, in Week 3 of the 2021 season.

All-time series: The Browns lead the all-time series 10-7 and have won eight of the 10 meetings in Cleveland.

Weather: 49 degrees with a 69 percent chance of light rain. Wind from the south/southeast at 14 mph. (weather.com)

Uniform: The Browns will be sporting their best kit of a brown jersey and orange pants.

Injury report: Browns - Out: Safety Juan Thornhill (calf), center Ethan Pocic (stinger), defensive end Ogbo Okoronkwo (pectoral) and linebacker Jordan Kunasyzk (calf). Questionable: Defensive tackle Jordan Elliott (concussion), cornerback Denzel Ward (shoulder) and linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. (knee). Bears - Out: Linebacker Noah Sewell (knee) and wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (pectoral). Questionable: Defensive back Jaquan Brisker (groin) and wide receiver DJ Moore (ankle).

The line: Browns -3 (DraftKings)

Some Notes to Remember

  • Chicago’s defense has been stout against the run, allowing just 3.6 yards per carry and 79 yards per game. The Browns will counter with a mid-field running game that is averaging 4.1 yards per carry, although the Browns are No. 7 in the league with an average of 131 rushing yards per game.
  • Cleveland kicker Dustin Hopkins leads the NFL with 31 field goals and has converted all eight of his attempts over 50 yards, according to Browns Zone.
  • The Bears have won three of their past four games, helped in large part by having forced 11 turnovers, which could be problematic against a Cleveland offense that seems to like nothing more than turning the ball over.
  • The Browns are averaging 7.9 yards per play when using play action this season, compared to 5.3 yards when the quarterback does a straight dropback, according to The Athletic.
  • The Browns are an AFC-best 6-1 at home this season and have outscored opponents 144-88.
  • This week’s game poster:
  • Chicago is 3-1 this season in games where they’ve won the coin flip and chose to receive the ball. In three of those games, they’ve scored touchdowns on the opening drive.

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A Final Quote

Defensive end Myles Garrett on the job that head coach Kevin Stefanski has done so far this season (quote via a team-provided transcript):

“I mean, with everything that’s changed throughout the year, pieces moving in and out, switched around, he’s done a hell of a job and we’ve answered the call. He’s put us in different positions to make up for some of the injuries and different calls and schemes that we’re trying to adjust to, but it goes hand in hand with us trying to play off of what we’re being put in, but he’s putting us in a lot of favorable positions and he’s coaching his ass off.”


What are you looking for from the Browns in Sunday’s game against the Bears?