Cleveland Browns: 5 Bold Predictions vs Bears in Week 3
The Cleveland Browns take on the Chicago Bears at home on Sunday. Here are five bold predictions to watch for in the Week 3 matchup.
The Cleveland Browns got back to their winning ways last week in their home opener. Now, sitting at .500 after two games, the Browns are in a four-way tie for first place in the AFC North. If the Browns are to reach the heights of their preseason expectations, they will need to stack multiple wins in a row.
This Sunday the Browns will welcome the Chicago Bears to FirstEnergy Stadium in week three. The Bears, who are also coming off of a win, will be starting rookie Justin Fields at quarterback. Here are five bold predictions to watch for when the Browns take on the monsters of the Midway.
Cleveland Browns Bold Prediction No. 1: Denzel Ward will get his first interception of the season
Through the first two games of the season Denzel Ward’s play has been up and down. In week one versus the Chiefs, Ward made a decent account of himself. However, in week two, the Texans did not shy away from Ward and even targeted the veteran cornerback multiple times.
In week three Ward and the defensive backs in Cleveland will face a solid group of pass catchers for the Bears. The most accomplished receiver in the Bears wide receiver room is Allen Robinson. Not that he has not seen success in the NFL, but it is inarguable that Robinson has never been able to display his full potential due to less than stellar quarterback play.
Now with the Bears starting first-round rookie Justin Fields at quarterback, Robinson will be looking to establish a rapport with his new quarterback. While unproven, Fields is undoubtedly the most talented quarterback that Robinson has ever played with. It will be up to Ward and rookie Greg Newsome to nullify the threat that Robinson possesses on the outside. Ward in particular will bounce back and prove to be up to the task.
With a large contract extension looming, Ward needs to establish himself amongst the elite cornerbacks in the league. In order to do that, he needs to start stacking interceptions. Ward’s last interception came in week 11 of the 2020 season. This week Ward will capitalize on a rookie quarterback’s aggressiveness by breaking up multiple passes and even coming down with at least one interception.