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NFL Betting Preview: Chicago Bears vs. Cleveland Browns

December 17, 2023

The Chicago Bears will travel to Cleveland, Ohio to face the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday afternoon in week 15 of the NFL season with kickoff scheduled for 1:00 PM ET, and the game will air on Fox.

Chicago enters this game in last place in the NFC North with a record of 5-8, however, they are on a two-game winning streak following a 28-13 win at home against the Detroit Lions in week 14 of the NFL season. The Bears have been a below-average offense and a below-average scoring defense as they enter this game averaging 20.77 points per game while allowing an average of 23.77 points per game which has left many wondering if Chicago will draft another quarterback this season even though Justin Fields has shown glimpses of the upside he can bring to a team as he enters this game having completed 162 of 255 attempts for 1,810 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions while also leading the team in rushing with 458 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Chicago Bears will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they travel to face the Cleveland Browns.

The Cleveland Browns are in 2nd place in the AFC North and if the playoffs started today they would be in the playoffs as the 5 seed with a record of 8-5 following a 31-27 win at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 14 of the NFL season which also ended their two-game losing streak. The success for the Browns this season can be attributed to their running game and their defense as they enter this game averaging the 7th most rushing yards per game with an average of 131 rushing yards per game while having an above-average scoring defense as they are allowing an average of 20.92 points per game which ranks 14th in the NFL. 

Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt have combined for 1,059 yards and ten touchdowns and have been the driving force behind the running game for the Browns. The Cleveland Browns will look to build momentum following the win against the Jacksonville Jaguars when they host the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon.

BookMaker has the Cleveland Browns listed as 3-point favorites at home against the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon in week 15 of the NFL season. Chicago has won four of the last six and two of the last three meetings while going 4-2 ATS in the last six and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Chicago Bears are 6-5-2 ATS overall, 4-3 ATS on the road, and 6-4-1 ATS as an underdog this season while the Cleveland Browns are 7-5-1 ATS overall, 6-1 ATS at home, and 4-2 ATS as a favorite on the year.

Cleveland enters this game with a better record as they have a record of 8-5 while Chicago has a record of 5-8. The Browns have also been the better team at covering the spread this season as they are 7-5-1 ATS overall and 6-1 ATS at home while the Bears are 6-5-2 ATS overall and 4-3 ATS on the road. Lay the points with the Cleveland Browns when they host the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon in week 15 of the NFL season. 

Spooky Express Pick: Cleveland Browns -3