Browns complete perfect preseason with shutout win in Chicago

Posted at 11:37 PM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 07:26:14-04

The Cleveland Browns completed the NFL preseason with an impressive showing on the road. Coach Hue Jackson's squad won 25-0 Thursday night at Chicago's Soldier Field.

Cody Kessler had a solid first half with the Browns holding out second-round pick DeShone Kizer and Brock Osweiler, completing 11 of 19 passes for 144 yards despite steady pressure. He was sacked three times but threw a 27-yard touchdown to Rannell Hall in the second quarter.

Kevin Hogan started the third period and went 13 of 18 for 180 yards and two touchdowns. He hit a wide-open Randall Telfer for a 51-yard TD late in the quarter and threw a 21-yarder to Jordan Leslie early in the fourth. That made it 25-0, and Cleveland tuned up for its opener against Pittsburgh with a lopsided victory.

Chicago QB Mitchell Trubisky, a Mentor High School graduate, got an opportunity to start and little chance to show what he can do, completing just two passes for the Bears.

The Browns win came during a busy week for Cleveland, who cut two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden and traded disappointing offensive lineman Cam Erving to Kansas City.

They are also in the market for a receiver and might release Osweiler if they can't find someone to absorb at least part of his guaranteed $16 million contract.