The Cleveland Browns completed a successful preseason with an 18-16 win over the Chicago Bears last night.
Even though wins and losses won’t matter until the Sept. 8 opener against the Miami Dolphins, the Browns can feel good about winning three of their four preseason games.
The Browns’ offense started slowly, as they only mustered a 32-year field goal by Spencer Lanning in the first half as time expired. Chicago took a 10-3 lead into the locker room.
Chicago increased its lead to 13-3 in the third quarter on a Robbie Gould field goal before the Browns mounted their comeback.
James-Michael Johnson picked off a pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown. Cleveland’s two-point conversion run failed, so the Bears were still on top 13-9.
Another field goal by Gould put the Bears up 16-9 in the fourth quarter, but the Browns cut the lead to one when Brian Hoyer threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dan Gronkowski. The Browns threw for two points but failed.
However, Cleveland pulled out the victory when Lanning booted a 40-yard field goal with 3:15 to go.
With Brandon Weeden resting and Jason Campbell sick, Hoyer played the entire game for the Browns at quarterback. He completed 24-of-35 passes for 307 yards, with two interceptions to go with his one touchdown.
Brandon Jackson ran five times, gaining only five yards. Jamaine Cook was the Browns’ top rusher, gaining 28 yards.
Josh Gordon caught two passes before his two-game suspension begins, gaining 77 yards. David Nelson had a successful night as well, with four catches for 54 yards.
Linebacker L.J. Fort had a great night, recovering a fumble and sharing a sack with Tank Carder. The Browns also got sacks from Quentin Groves and newcomer Paul Hazel.
Lanning, who is battling Colton Schmidt for the punting job, handled placekicking duties because of injuries to Brandon Bogotay and Shayne Graham.
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