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Week 16 Game Recap: Cleveland Browns 3, Chicago Bears 20

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Cleveland Browns

The Browns fell to 0-15 with a 20-3 loss to the Bears on a cold, snowy, windy day in Chicago. The weather affected the offenses of both teams as neither was able to move the ball consistently. The Browns did have their chances to pull off a win, however. Defensive end Myles Garrett had a pick-six nullified by an offsides penalty against Carl Nassib. Later in the game, wide receiver Rashard Higgins caught a pass in the red zone and, while fighting for extra yardage at the Chicago three-yard line, fumbled into ChicagoŪs end zone, ruining a scoring chance. Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer added two more interceptions to his league-leading turnover total. The only bright spot for Cleveland was an excellent receiving performance out of Duke Johnson. Next week, the Browns have one more chance to avoid a winless season when they travel to Pittsburgh to

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears won another football game. Congrats, Bears organization; you officially lost draft position on those who now are worse than you. The Bears downed the Cleveland Browns by the score of 20-3.

Playing in blustery and snowy conditions, Mitchell Trubisky played about as well as one could have given the circumstances and the team for which he plays. Depending on your criteria, one could argue that it was his most complete game of the season. Despite only finding the end zone once, a rushing TD, Trubisky managed to not turn over the ball for another four quarters. In other news, Jordan Howard found the end zone twice.

You didnít miss much other than that.

Cleveland Browns

QB DeShone Kizer, 59 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 36 - 182 - 0 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 3 - 8 - 0
It was a rough day for Kizer, who added two interceptions to his league-leading total, with one coming in the end zone. While the windy and snowy weather in Chicago did him no favors, he struggled with his accuracy yet again in what has been an issue for him all season. Kizer's first throw of the game was a poor one to Josh Gordon on a third down where he threw off of his back foot. Later in the first quarter Kizer almost threw an interception as he was hit while he was throwing. The defender had the ball in his hands but dropped it as he fell to the ground. Kizer finally got the offense moving on the second drive of the second quarter, leading his team on a 12-play drive down the field. The drive ended with Kizer throwing an interception in the end zone. He forced a poor pass to a closely covered Josh Gordon. It appeared Kizer had made up his mind to throw to Gordon regardless of coverage on the play. Kizer did make an excellent pass on the final drive before the half as he stepped up in the pocket to avoid the pass rush and hit Ricardo Louis for a 35-yard gain. That set up his team's only score, a 48-yard field goal. In the third quarter, Kizer did make a few plays but wasn't helped out by his receivers. He put a great pass in Josh Gordon's hands but Gordon dropped the ball. Then, from the Chicago 20-yard line, Kizer managed to find Rashard Higgins right before being sacked. Higgins weaved his way down to the Chicago three-yard line but was hit hard from behind and fumbled into the Bears' end zone. In the fourth quarter, Kizer threw his second interception when he forced up a pass instead of taking a sack.

RB Isaiah Crowell, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 44 - 0, Rec: 1 - -1 - 0 (4 targets)
Crowell was used heavily at the beginning of the game as the Browns called his number on their first four plays from scrimmage. Crowell didn't do much with those chances as he totaled 19 yards on that series. As has been the case far too often this season, Crowell's usage plummeted as the game went on. He saw a carry on the first play of the third quarter but the play was nullified by a holding penalty. That was his only carry of the half as he saw just one touch on a reception which lost one yard in the second half.

RB Duke Johnson, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 20 - 0, Rec: 7 - 81 - 0 (7 targets)
Johnson was the Browns' top offensive player against the Bears as he led his team in receiving. Almost all of his work in the passing game came on short dump offs on a day where the snowy, windy Chicago weather made passing downfield difficult. Most of his work in the first half went for short gains but Johnson did rip off a 29-yard gain in the third quarter. He caught a short pass and evaded the defender who was waiting to make the tackle around the line of scrimmage. Johnson only saw four carries in the running game and had a 10-yard rush nullified by a holding penalty in the fourth quarter.

WR Josh Gordon, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 19 - 0 (8 targets)
Gordon and DeShone Kizer struggled to get on the same page yet again. The wide receiver looked a bit off in this game, dropping a catchable pass in the third quarter and allowing a pass breakup on another catchable ball in the fourth quarter. After the game, head coach Hue Jackson told the media that Gordon was dealing with an illness of some kind. Gordon did see an end zone target in the second quarter but he was closely covered and had no chance at making the catch. The ball shouldn't have been thrown by Kizer. Gordon was held to one catch until late in the fourth quarter when he found a soft spot in the Bears' zone coverage, tacking on an 11-yard gain.

WR Corey Coleman, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0 (6 targets)
As has been the case in three of the four games with both Coleman and Josh Gordon on field, Coleman was an afterthought in the Cleveland offense. Coleman was mostly invisible on offense until the fourth quarter when he made his only catch. He also saw a target in the middle of the field which was thrown too high. Coleman was closely covered on the play and would have had to make a contested catch had the pass been on target.

TE David Njoku, 30 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (3 targets)
Njoku saw two of his three targets on the Browns' second drive of the game. He caught the first target on a short pass and racked up some yardage after the play by racing down the left sideline. That catch, which went for 13 yards, was his only one of the game. Another target sent his way was broken up by the defender. Njoku's usage in the red zone has dipped of late, partially due to the Browns running limited plays there the past few weeks and partially because Josh Gordon has drawn targets away from him.

Chicago Bears

QB Mitchell Trubisky, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 14 - 23 - 193 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 7 - 44 - 1
Mitchell Trubisky completed 14 of 23 passes for 193 yards in Sundayís 20-3 win over the Cleveland Browns. The performance arguably was his most complete of the season as he completed 61 percent of his passes, rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and did not turnover the ball.

Trubiskyís improvement over the past few weeks has been noticeable. On multiple occasions against the Browns, while facing pressure, Trubisky made the right decisions to not make poor throws into coverage; instead he ran the ball seven times and also threw it away a few times.

His ability to move in the pocket is what made him successful in the win over Cleveland. The offensive even called to quarterback draws inside the red zone, which demonstrates the amount of confidence this coaching staff has in his ability to run with the football.

RB Jordan Howard, 45 offensive snaps, Rush: 22 - 44 - 2
Jordan Howard had both a good and bad day in the 20-3 win over the Cleveland Browns. Howard carried the ball 22 times for 44 yards and two touchdowns. There you have it, the bad and the good.

Clevelandís rush defense, while it had been struggling in the few weeks leading up to Sunday, looked pretty tough. Howardís runs, mostly, went up the middle (between the tackles), which hasnít been successful this season. Howardís longer runs come when his very injured offensive line moves the defense as he runs toward the edge. This very rarely was the case Sunday, aside from Howardís second touchdown run -- his longest run of the day, 16 yards. Aside from that 16-yard run, Howard only gained 28 yards on 21 carries. Ouch.

RB Tarik Cohen, 18 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 9 - 0, Rec: 2 - 12 - 0 (2 targets)
Not much to see here. Week 16 must have been Tarik Cohenís week to be a decoy, as he only ran the ball two times for nine yards and caught two passes on two targets for 12 yards.

The game play, for the most part, was stale and ugly. Twenty-two Jordan Howard runs, most of which he was stuffed up the middle for little-to-no gain, muddied up the game script, leaving the Bears with quite a few third-and-long situations. Instead of Cohenís name being called in those spots, it was Bennie Cunningham who received the critical targets.

Until the Bears hire a new coaching staff, preferably one that can conjure up some creative ways to infuse Cohen into an offense, itíll be touch to trust him for production on a weekly basis.

WR Kendall Wright, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 27 - 0 (6 targets)
Sundayís 20-3 win over the Cleveland Browns is another example of the Kendall Wright Disappearing Act -- coming to a football field near you.

Sure, Wright caught four of six targets for 27 yards. But that stinks, letís be real here. Wright needs to create more separation for his rookie quarterback. Heís not consistently doing the things his quarterback needs him to do. Wright, sadly enough, is the best best receiving option right now. Maybe itís on the coaching staff, who knows. Well, itís probably on the coaching staff. When a 5-10, 185-pound guy is your No. 1 receiver, you need to be more creative than Dowell Loggains was on Sunday.