Cleveland Browns @ Chicago Bears Thurs. Sept. 1, 2011 8 p.m. EST
The NFL regular season is about a week away and all 32 teams in the league will go back to zero in terms of records, but the Cleveland Browns have been one team in the NFL that has really made some waves in the preseason and proven that they might be on the brink of a breakout season.
The preseason is basically nothing more than a glorified tryout for veteran players trying to get back on an NFL team and for rookies to prove that they can play at the NFL level, but occasionally starters can make an impression and no player in the league has made more of an impression than second-year quarterback Colt McCoy.
Last year the Cleveland Browns played much better than anticipated with running back Peyton Hillis coming into his own out of the backfield, but Colt McCoy didn’t exactly turn any heads with a lackluster rookie performance. During the preseason though, McCoy has really turned the page as he looks like he could turn into a solid starting quarterback in the NFL with this season being the year that he leads the Browns into the playoffs or at least into playoff contention.
The Chicago Bears on the other hand have been struggling as of late with a big problem protecting quarterback Jay Cutler under center. With the offensive line in desperate need of new blood, the Bears might struggle giving Culter the protection he needs to be an elite quarterback and get the Bears back into playoff contention.