Week 8 Expert Pick & Preview: Browns at Bears 2009 Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Sunday, 01 November 2009 03:05
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Browns at Bears Pick

Losers of two straight, the Chicago Bears look to get back on track this week when they host the Cleveland Browns at Solider Field on Sunday.

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The Packers defeated the Browns 31-3 last Sunday in yet another dismal effort by Cleveland’s offense. Derek Anderson threw for only 99 yards with an interception, while Jamal Lewis rushed for 47 yards on five carries as the Browns failed to cover as 9-point underdogs.

The Bengals smacked the Bears last Sunday, 45-10 in Cincinnati. Jay Cutler threw for 251 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions for Chicago, while Devin Hester caught eight passes for 101 yards and a score. The Bears failed to cover as a 1-point favorite.

Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Bears 14-point favorites over the Browns this Sunday. The over/under total for this game has been set at 40 points.

The Bears played so poorly last week that they probably shouldn’t be favored by 14 points over any team. Any team, except for the Browns, that is.

Chicago’s secondary has struggled this season, but Anderson has been absolutely brutal and can’t move Cleveland’s offense. The Browns have zero running game and can’t move the chains. In turn, their defense is spending too much time on the field and they’re getting worn down in the first half.

The Bears should roll this Sunday at home. They need a win to help ease the pain of the past two weeks and it should come against the Browns, who will once again have issues scoring. Assuming Cutler doesn’t turn the ball over multiple times like he’s done the past two weeks, Chicago should cover easily.

Our NFL Week 8 Free Pick for this matchup is: CHICAGO BEARS -14 and UNDER 40.

Browns at Bears Current Odds

209 Cleveland Browns +14 Over 40

210 Chicago Bears –14 Under 40

NFL Week 8 Betting Trends

Cleveland is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
Cleveland is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games
Chicago is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chicago's last 12 games at home

NFL Week 8 Injury Report

Cleveland Browns

Greg Estandia

TE

Missed Thursday Practice (knee)

Steve Heiden

TE

Missed Thursday Practice (knee)

Anthony Madison

CB

Missed Thursday Practice (not injury related)

David Bowens

LB

Limited Thursday Practice (knee)

Kenyon Coleman

DE

Limited Thursday Practice (groin)

Phil Dawson

K

Limited Thursday Practice (right calf)

Rex Hadnot

G

Limited Thursday Practice (knee)

Brandon McDonald

CB

Limited Thursday Practice (shoulder)

Shaun Rogers

DT

Limited Thursday Practice (foot)

Robert Royal

TE

Limited Thursday Practice (hamstring, finger)

Robaire Smith

DE

Limited Thursday Practice (shoulder)

Lawrence Vickers

RB

Limited Thursday Practice (shoulder)

Eric Wright

CB

Limited Thursday Practice (shoulder)

Derek Anderson

QB

Full Thursday Practice (hip)

Jamal Lewis

RB

Full Thursday Practice (wrist)

Alex Mack

C

Full Thursday Practice (shoulder)

C.J. Mosley

DE

Full Thursday Practice (back)

Dave Zastudil

P

Full Thursday Practice (right knee)

Chicago Bears

Pisa Tinoisamoa

LB

Out Week 8 (knee)

Matt Toeaina

DT

Missed Thursday Practice (calf)

Adewale Ogunleye

DE

Limited Thursday Practice (ankle)

Lance Briggs

LB

Full Thursday Practice (shoulder)

Tommie Harris

DT

Full Thursday Practice (knee)

Israel Idonije

DT

Full Thursday Practice (knee)

Danieal Manning

S

Full Thursday Practice (foot)

Adrian Peterson

RB

Full Thursday Practice (knee)

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Posted: 11/1/09 8:05AM ET

 

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