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WEEK 15 SD at DEN (THU) CIN at PIT NE at MIA SEA at NYG
ARI at TEN GB at DAL NO at STL SF at TB
BUF at JAC HOU at IND NYJ at CAR WAS at ATL
*UPDATED CHI at CLE KC at OAK PHI at MIN BAL at DET (MON)

Prediction: CHI 27, CLE 24 (Line: CLE by 2.5)

Update: Willis McGahee is out and Chris Ogbonnaya will take his place and Fozzy Whittaker moves up to the change of pace back. Jay Cutler will return this week from his ankle injury.

The 7-6 Bears are tied with Detroit for the NFC North lead but are 2-4 in road games this season. The 4-9 Browns are on a four game losing streak and are just 3-4 in home games.

1 CIN 24-21 10 DET 19-21
2 MIN 31-30 11 BAL 23-20
3 @PIT 40-23 12 @STL 21-42
4 @DET 32-40 13 @MIN 20-23
5 NO 18-26 14 DAL 45-28
6 NYG 27-21 15 @CLE -
7 @WAS 41-45 16 @PHI -
8 BYE WEEK 17 GB -
9 @GB 27-20 ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
CHI @ CLE Rush Catch Pass
QB Jay Cutler 270,2
RB Matt Forte 70,1 6-40
WR Alshon Jeffery 5-90,1
WR Brandon Marshall 4-50,1
TE Martellus Bennett 4-30
PK Robbie Gould 2 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: The NFC North is knotted up and somehow the Bears still have a chance. A win here is a must - fall back one game and it may never be made up and there is only one remaining home game. The defense will be suspect in every game but all three of the last matchups are outdoors and in the cold. That worked wonders against the Cowboys.

QUARTERBACKS: Jay Cutler will be the starter once he returns but when that happens is not certain. In his place Josh McCown has been outstanding while facing lesser defenses. He threw for over 348 yards in all three of the most recent games and scored multiple touchdowns in each. McCown has 13 passing touchdowns this year and yet only one interception.

RUNNING BACKS: The Bears are getting decent returns on their rushing efforts even if they rarely score a touchdown. Matt Forte has topped 100 total yards in almost every game and the last two weeks went over the mark in rushing yardage alone. But he has not rushed in a score since week nine despite catching scores in two of the last four games. Michael Bush is sometimes used as a banger at the goal line but only has two running scores on the year.

WIDE RECEIVERS: The dynamic duo is downright prolific in the right situation. Alshon Jeffery continues his break out season with six scores and five games over 100 yards. That includes his 249 yard, two touchdown effort in Minnesota. Brandon Marshall scored nine times this season and broke 100 yards six times but is beginning to share an equal load with Jeffery. This is already one of the premier wideout duos in the league and only getting better.

TIGHT ENDS: Martellus Bennett still has a role but is is marginal as a receiver who rarely tops 40 yards in games anymore and scored only twice in the last 11 games. Even against his old Cowboys team he only managed five catches for 43 yards.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Browns at home were good against the pass but recent weeks show that their schedule was helping them out. The Browns have allowed at least two passing scores to each of the last eight opponents. The yardage is rarely more than 250 or so but the scores have been there and for some of the lesser quarterbacks in the league. The Browns are better against the run at home but even there they game up six touchdowns so far though never more than 80 yards to any individual running back. This won't be nearly as much fun as the Cowboys were but McCown should produce moderate stats while both Jeffery and Marshall are must starts. Marshall should draw Joe Haden and that will at least decrease his normal level of production and could shut it down. But Marshall is hard to ever site and Haden could be called over to face Jeffery if he becomes a bigger issue.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points CHI 9 13 4 20 12 4
Preventing Fantasy Points CLE 12 19 7 21 21 25

 

1 MIA 10-23 10 BYE WEEK
2 @BAL 6-14 11 @CIN 20-41
3 @MIN 31-27 12 PIT 11-27
4 CIN 17-6 13 JAC 28-32
5 BUF 37-24 14 @NE 26-27
6 DET 17-31 15 CHI -
7 @GB 13-31 16 @NYJ -
8 @KC 17-23 17 @PIT -
9 BAL 24-18 ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
vs Rush Catch Pass
RB Ben Tate 60 1-10
WR Miles Austin 2-30
WR Josh Gordon 8-130,1
TE Jordan Cameron 5-60,1
PK Billy Cundiff 1 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: The Browns are on a four game losing streak and are perfecting the close but not close enough plan. This is the final home game and the last realistic chance for a win but the rushing effort here has been among the worst in the NFL all year and the passing equation revolves almost entirely around one player. The quarterback of 2014 is a coin flip if he is even in the league yet.

QUARTERBACKS: Jason Campbell returned from his concussion and passed for e a season best 391 yards and three scores in New England in a game that smacked of a trap that never quite happened. Campbell is preferred to Brandon Weeden now but forecasting the Browns production is a challenge since teams take them more or less seriously than they should. That leads to inconsistency in the quarterback that should not really be there.

RUNNING BACKS: Willis McGahee suffered a concussion during the loss in New England and will need to pass tests this week in order to play. I will assume that he can and later remove him on Friday if he still has not met the criteria for playing. Should he sit, Chris Ogbonnaya becomes very interesting considering the matchup.

WIDE RECEIVERS: You cannot blame it on surprising the opponents. Josh Gordon now owns the record for most receiving yards (774) over a four game span in NFL history. That's EVER. And using Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell to get there. Gordon is on a four game streak with no less than 125 yards and one touchdown in every game.This includes road trips to Cincinnati and New England. He routinely receives 10 to 15 targets per game and there is no one else to concern the secondary so he receives the best coverage a defense can muster. He's already the greatest supplemental draft pick of all time and he's not only set the single season record for yards for the Browns, he did it missing the first two weeks and with three more games to play.

Even more amazing - Greg Little and Davone Bess almost never have more than 30 yards per week.

TIGHT ENDS: Jordan Cameron also roared to life last week when he caught nine passes for 121 yards and one score that fitted with his first month of the season. It was his first score in the last six games and and more yardage than his previous four games combined. Cameron had been producing 30 yard efforts for the last month.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: The Bears passing defense has been better in recent weeks and on the road there have only been seven passing scores over six games played. The Bears have been absolutely horrible at stopping the run with eight touchdowns and four 100 yard games allowed in just the last five road efforts. Gordon is a starter even if he is on a bye. Cameron could turn in another decent game as well since the Bears have been susceptible to receiving tight ends in road games. McGahee would even be worth starting if he can pass the tests. I will assume he can play and update as needed.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points CLE 18 31 13 7 30 19
Preventing Fantasy Points CHI 9 28 14 23 28 22

WEEK 15 SD at DEN (THU) CIN at PIT NE at MIA SEA at NYG
ARI at TEN GB at DAL NO at STL SF at TB
BUF at JAC HOU at IND NYJ at CAR WAS at ATL
*UPDATED CHI at CLE KC at OAK PHI at MIN BAL at DET (MON)


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