NFL Week 16 Pick: Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 11:28 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 11:28 PM UTC

Expect plenty of empty seats at Soldier Field as the Bears conclude their 2017 home schedule in a wretched matchup against the winless Browns. Survivor Pick: Chicago.

Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears (-7, 38.5)

Let’s just say it now: The Browns are going to become the second team in NFL history to finish 0-16 if they don’t win in Chicago. They aren’t going to win in Pittsburgh in Week 17 if the Steelers have anything to play for, and it appears that they will have to try in the wake of losing this past Sunday to New England. The Browns already are the first team to ever go 0-14 in back-to-back seasons following a 27-10 loss in their home finale vs. Baltimore. That dropped Coach Hue Jackson to 1-29 in his Cleveland career – yet he’s supposedly coming back in 2018. Rookie QB DeShone Kizer was not good, throwing for 146 yards with two picks and a lost fumble. His 3.9 yards per pass attempt were the second lowest he's had in a game this season. Jackson didn’t confirm Kizer would remain his starter right after the game but has since said he will. Kizer has turned it over 25 times. The Browns have lost 16 in a row in the AFC North. Chicago lost 20-10 in Detroit last Saturday and is assured a last-place finish in the NFC North again. The Bears have been favored seven times under embattled coach John Fox. They have lost all 7 games, including to the Packers and 49ers earlier this season at Soldier Field.

  • Browns are 20-9-1 ATS in their last 30 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
  • Bears are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Free NFL Pick: Browns +7.5 (buy up from 7)Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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Can you do anything but go under a total where two struggling rookie quarterbacks are starting? Mitchell Trubisky threw for a career-high 314 yards in the Lions loss but was picked off three times -- including a fourth-quarter pick in the end zone on third-and-goal from the 5-yard line that killed any chance of a rally -- and about half those yards were in garbage time. Yet the delusional Fox, who deserves to be fired immediately after this game if Chicago is embarrassed at home, said “it was probably arguably his best game” when speaking of Trubisky. The Bears rushed for 222 yards on Nov. 19 in their first meeting against the Lions but had just 43 on Saturday. Remember, the Browns could have taken Trubisky at No. 1 overall in this year’s draft and did consider it as they liked him. They went with Myles Garrett. Cleveland reportedly was looking to trade back up high in the first round to get Trubisky, but the Bears scuttled that by moving up from No. 3 to No. 2 at San Francisco’s spot.

  • Under is 7-0 in Browns last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home.
  • Under is 5-2 in Bears last 7 home games.
Free NFL Pick: Under 38.5Best Line Offered: JustBet

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