The Bears Three Necessities: Keys in Cleveland

The Bears Three Necessities: Keys in Cleveland
December 15, 2013, 11:00 am
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Willis McGahee’s concussion may be a little more painful knowing he’s missing out on the NFL’s worst run defense. His 377 yards is the lowest number for any team’s leading rusher. So “Chud” and Norv turn to fullback Chris Ogbunnaya and Fozzy Whittaker to test the mettle of the Bears' kid linebackers in the snow. Is this the Sunday the streak of 100-yard rushers is stopped at six, or do they establish a new, unwanted record?


Best wishes to Tim Jennings, who’ll likely line up against Josh Gordon. Cleveland’s big sophomore receiver has been more unstoppable than Alshon Jeffery. No one in league history has put together a three- or four-game stretch like him, and his NFL-best 1,400 receiving yards has been done with three different quarterbacks throwing to him, and in just 11 games. For a second straight week, he’ll have Jason Campbell throwing to him, and the ex-Bear is coming off a career-best 391 yards against the Patriots a week ago.


I’m not sure if it’s too much to ask a quarterback who hasn’t played in more than a month and hasn’t played a full game in two months to be “on” from the get-go. But it’d be especially important – first, to quiet any doubt the offense can pick up where it left off Monday night. Second, a couple of strong drives paired with some respectable defense could create some frustration on the home team’s side in their final home game of the year – coming off a tough-to-take loss in New England last week. They probably deserved to win, and didn’t get it, helped by a tough call. That was the third time this Browns team has lost this season after leading by double digits. Try to stay ahead this time.

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