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Preseason Week 4 Bears vs Browns NFL Odds & Pick

Written by on August 31, 2016

The Cleveland Browns will host the Chicago Bears in the final preseason game for both teams going into the 2016 regular season. The Browns are 0-3 so far in the preseason, but fans are excited about the arrival of Robert Griffin III as the team’s new starting quarterback, hoping that he can get on track and help the Browns’ offense. The Bears are trying to make it to the regular season as healthy as they can after some key injuries to their offensive line. Take a look at the betting lines for this and the other preseason games.

Preseason Week 4 Bears vs Browns NFL Odds & Game Info

When: Thursday, September 1, 2016, 8:00pm ET Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland TV: WEWS-5 Cleveland Radio: WKNR 850 AM Cleveland Live Stream: NFL Game Pass NFL Odds: Cleveland Browns -5½-110

Why should you bet on Chicago?

While RGIII has shown some brilliant flashes leading the Browns’ offense at times during the preseason, he has also thrown some picks, and he still shows signs of holding onto the ball too long in the pocket, taking sacks and hurrying throws when he should have found a receiver or gotten rid of the ball earlier in the play. The Bears should be able to take advantage of that, as they have a lot of depth on their pass rush, and so even though Cleveland will be playing their starters, the Bears should find a turnover or two waiting for them. The Bears also need a strong showing out of backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, who has only posted an aggregate quarterback rating of 34.4 to this point.

Why should you put your money on the Browns?

According to Browns head coach Hue Jackson, Cleveland will take the unusual step of playing their starters in Week 4, which is usually a time for the first units to rest and the reserves to play the whole game, so that coaches can make their final decisions about those last roster cuts. However, the Browns have a starting quarterback who needs all the reps that he can get. Wideout Corey Coleman and cornerback Joe Haden finally returned to action from nagging injuries in Week 3, so they also need some reps in Week 4 before the season opener against Philadelphia on September 11. The defense has also replaced their former starting outside linebacker, Paul Kruger, with Emmanuel Ogbah, so there are a lot of pieces that need time to work together. Since the Bears are likely to rest their starters, this gives the Browns a competitive edge.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like Cleveland to control play at least through the first half with their starters and then to hold on in the battle of reserves after halftime. I’m predicting a 20-16 win for the Browns.