August 21, 2014

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Browns vs. Bears fact box


Bears (3-0) vs. Browns (2-1)

WHEN: Tonight, 8 o’clock
WHERE: Soldier Field, Chicago
TV/RADIO: Channel 3; WMMS 100.7-FM
2006 RECORDS: Browns 4-12; Bears 13-3, lost to Colts in Super Bowl
LAST WEEK: Browns beat Broncos 17-16; Bears beat San Francisco 31-28
SERIES: Browns lead 15-7
LAST PRESEASON MEETING: Bears won 20-7 last year in Cleveland
COACHES: Romeo Crennel is 10-22 with Browns and overall; Lovie Smith is 31-21 with Bears and overall
BROWNS UPDATE: QB Charlie Frye will make his third start of the preseason. He went 5-for-7 for 68 yards and a 102.1 rating vs. the Broncos and should solidify his status as the opening-day starter with a good effort tonight.
 Derek Anderson is barely hanging on in the battle for the starting spot while fighting for a roster spot. He will follow Frye and hasn’t led a touchdown drive in the preseason.
Rookie Brady Quinn will be the third quarterback to play and could see extensive action. He is 20-for-31 for 236 yards, three TDs and a 119.8 rating in two games.
Crennel said the starters who are healthy will play, but he didn’t say for how long.
K Phil Dawson is 4-for-6 on field goals in the preseason.
Braylon Edwards leads Browns receivers with six catches.
Rookie CB Eric Wright, who started the first three games, officially passed veteran Kenny Wright on the depth chart.
G Eric Steinbach, RT Kevin Shaffer, LB Andra Davis, FB Lawrence Vickers and DE Orpheus Roye won’t play, but the team’s hoping they’ll be back for the opener.
BEARS UPDATE:
Chicago is 3-0 in the preseason for the first time since 1994, when it went 4-0.
LB Lance Briggs was involved in a one-car accident early Monday morning, but wasn’t injured. He crashed his Lamborghini and left the scene.
QB Rex Grossman is 30-for-41 for 320 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for a 91.5 rating.
RB Cedric Benson, who took over the starting duties from Thomas Jones, has 80 yards and a TD on 34 carries.
Rookie TE Greg Olsen has six catches for 68 yards.
Devin Hester, who set an NFL record with six return TDs as a rookie in 2006, is making the transition from reserve cornerback to offensive specialist, where he’ll line up at several positions.
The Bears ranked fifth in total defense last year, allowing 294.1 yards per game.