Cleveland Browns: Week 16 predictions against the Chicago Bears

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 17: Za'Darius Smith
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 17: Za'Darius Smith /
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CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 03: Tarik Cohen
CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 03: Tarik Cohen /

3. Bears return man Tarik Cohen takes a punt return back for a touchdown

The Browns have been one of the worst teams in the NFL in defending punt returns this year. The 444 punt return yards allowed are the third-most in the league this year, and the 11.1 yards per return are the fourth-most in the NFL.

Just two weeks ago, the Browns allowed a game-changing punt return to Packers receiver Trevor Davis, which set up a game-tying touchdown.

The same could happen to Cohen this weekend.

The Browns are likely to have plenty of punting opportunities on Sunday, giving Cohen chances to take one the distance. Any time he gets his hands on the football, he can take it all the way. Cleveland must be careful while punting to Cohen on Sunday.

On Dec. 24, 2016, the Browns defeated the then San Diego Chargers 20-17 in Cleveland. It was a Christmas miracle, giving the Browns their only win of the season.

Once again, the Browns play on Christmas Eve this year. Is everything lining up for the first win of the season?

4. Do the Browns get another Christmas miracle?

I got an email from one of the site experts here last week after I submitted my story, as he thought it was the week I would predict the Browns to get their first win. That got me thinking, how many times did I pick the Browns to win this year?

Just twice…against Baltimore in Week 2 and against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3.

Obviously, I was wrong on both. However, I learned my lesson early in the season and have not fallen into the trap game effect yet. Part of me thinks this could be the week – yet another Christmas miracle.

Well… sorry Browns fans, but there will not be a win in your stockings this Christmas. Prediction: Bears 17-13

Unfortunately, it is just too tough to imagine how the Browns will be able to move the ball consistently. Kizer has been as inept as any quarterback in the league this year, and the Bears pass defense, as stated previously, is one of the best in the league.

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Plus, Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky will be looking to put on a show against the team that could have taken him first overall.