1. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returns to lead the Bears after missing more than a month with a high-ankle sprain. Cutler hasn’t played since Nov. 10 and has logged only a game and a half since Oct. 10. He’s thrown for 1,908 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. The Browns will continue to start Jason Campbell, who returned to action last week to have his best game (391 yards, three touchdowns) against the New England Patriots following his concussion No. 24.
2. The Browns and Bears are entering this game on different paths. The Browns are coming off a crushing, last-second loss to the Patriots on the road and have now lost seven of their past eight games. The Bears are coming off a 45-28 rout of the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.
3. That win brought the Bears to a tie with the Detroit Lions for the NFC North lead at 7-6. The Green Bay Packers, at 6-6-1, aren’t far behind, creating a three-team race for the final three weeks of the season. The loser of that division race likely also misses out on a wild-card spot in the NFC. The Browns currently hold the No. 7 position in the NFL Draft.
4. This game features three of the most productive wide receivers in the league this season, Josh Gordon for the Browns and Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery for the Bears. Gordon has 1,400 yards, the most in the NFL, and eight touchdowns. But Marshall (1,090 yards, nine touchdowns) and Jeffery (1,193 yards, six touchdowns) have the most receiving yards as a tandem this season with 2,283 yards.
5. This will be Browns’ fans first look at Bears coach Marc Trestman in the regular season. Trestman is a former quarterbacks coach (1988) and offensive coordinator (1989) for the Browns who also interviewed for the head coaching job with the Browns in January. The Browns hired Rob Chudzinski on Jan. 11, five days before Trestman accepted the Bears’ position.