I don’t know about you ladies, treat but I am still on a high from the Bears’ incredible MNF win over the Cowboys. Now it is time to see if they can use Monday’s momentum to secure another W this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Playoff hopes are certainly not diminished just yet, case and there are multiple Bears to thank for that. On Wednesday, site Head Coach Marc Trestman assured the press that QB Jay Cutler will be starting this Sunday in Cleveland, but that’s not to say QB Josh McCown didn’t make a very strong case for himself in the last couple games. He put on a show that was only matched (and maybe surpassed) by wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey, who performed at an extremely impressive and highlight reel-worthy level for a second consecutive week.
It is still unclear if Lance Briggs will be cleared for Sunday’s game to give Chicago’s defense the added boost and leadership is needs (he did practice Thursday) but if the offense can be as productive as they were against the Cowboys, that may not be too big of a deal. Let’s take a look at who I have chosen for this week’s enemy and eye candy on the Browns, in order to get a better feel for what to expect in this Sunday’s matchup.
Cleveland ranks 27th in the league in total points, 28th in rushing yards and 15th in total yards per game this season. So, obviously there isn’t much to say about the 4-9 Browns as a whole but that’s not true for wide receiver Josh Gordon, who has performed at the top of his game over the last month. Let’s break down why he is the perfect candidate for this week’s enemy.
- As I stated above, over the past month Gordon has accumulated a whopping 744 receiving yards and five touchdowns in four games. Those 700+ yards are the most by a receiver in a four-game stretch in NFL history, not to mention that he has already broken Cleveland’s record for total receiving yards in a season.
- As if those numbers weren’t already impressive enough, No. 12 is doing it all with three different quarterbacks, not many wide receivers can say the same. With his efforts, he is well on his way to the record books and unfortunately for us Chicago fans, into the end zone on Sunday as well. The NFL record for single-season average yards per game is 129 and Gordon is currently sitting pretty at 127.3 yards per game.
- In comparison to a couple of weeks ago, the Bears injury report is looking very promising with just one name on it, Lance Briggs. Chicago’s defense has been able to get by without Brigg’s leadership on the field but I can’t stress enough how much of a boost it would give them, especially on the road. (Side Note: The Browns had 16 names on their injury report as of Thursday night.)
BROWNS EYE CANDY
Hey there, blondie…and this week’s eye candy! Tight end Jordan Cameron came to the Browns in 2011 from USC but hasn’t been all too productive until this season. Cameron has ran for a total of 825 yards, has tallied 7 touchdowns, with 3 of those TDs coming against the Vikings in week 3, and just 1 fumble in 13 games…and he’s looked very good doing it.
With Cutler back as starting quarterback and the Bears defense slowly coming back, the Bears should have some momentum coming off Monday’s big W over the Cowboys, so I do foresee Chicago garnering another victory at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday, but that’s not say it is going to be easy.
Chicago will need to shut down the offensive powerhouse in Gordon and get back into the swing of things with Cutty in the pocket again. I am very excited to see how both of those things play out. Tune into FOX on Sunday at noon to experience the excitement with me, sports diavs!