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NFL Preseason Preview - Chicago (2-1) at Cleveland (0-3)
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
(SportsNetwork.com) - With the quarterback decision in the rear-view mirror for now, the Cleveland Browns and new coach Mike Pettine will be aiming to avoid a winless preseason when they square off with the Chicago Bears at First-Energy Stadium.
St. Louis routed Cleveland, 33-14, last week despite losing quarterback Sam Bradford to a torn ACL in his left knee. Bradford went down on the game's opening drive after throwing an incomplete pass. He was pressured and hit high by Browns defensive lineman Armonty Bryant.
The former No. 1 overall draft pick missed the Rams' final nine games last season after tearing the ACL in the same knee.
Named the Browns' starting quarterback over rookie Johnny Manziel to begin the season, Brian Hoyer had only 84 yards passing while playing into the third quarter. Hoyer did throw a touchdown pass to Andrew Hawkins, but he was also intercepted once and lost a fumble on a sack.
Manziel passed for 85 yards and ran for a touchdown, and was sacked by rookie defensive end Michael Sam.
The Bears, meanwhile, received a wake-up call from the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, who trounced Chicago, 34-6, in the Pacific Northwest last week.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks were in midseason form as the signal-caller threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in leading Seattle to points on all five of his drives in the first half. The third-year pro completed 15- of-20 passes for 202 yards and connected with Jermaine Kearse and backup running back Christine Michael for scores.
Jay Cutler and Chicago's starters were decidedly less impressive in their only half of action. Cutler tossed for 157 yards on 12-of-20 passes, while Matt Forte was limited to 17 yards on three carries.
The Bears had a touchdown reversed and another nullified by a Brandon Marshall offensive pass interference penalty late in the second quarter.
This contest marks the 11th straight year that Cleveland and Chicago will face off during the preseason finale. During that span, the series is even at 5-5, but the Browns hold an 18-11 all-time edge in the preseason.
08/27 11:21:33 ET