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Bears’ Akiem Hicks on losing to Browns: ‘We won’t let that happen’

The Chicago Bears have suffered through a miserable 4-10 campaign. But defensive end Akiem Hicks believes the Bears won’t allow the season to turn into an utter embarrassment by losing to the 0-14 Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

“We won’t be that team,” Hicks said, via the Chicago Tribune. “Simple as that. We won’t let that happen.”

The Browns obviously do not want to finish their own nightmarish season going winless. And any hopes of “improving” upon last year’s 1-15 record would be pinned on beating the Bears at Soldier Field. That said, the Browns do play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17, so any hope of at least duplicating last season’s one-win campaign is pinned on upsetting the Bears.

And that’s where things get interesting. The Bears are 0-7 when favored under beleaguered head coach John Fox over the past three seasons, an appalling statistic. Perhaps that’s reason enough for the Bears to part ways with Fox — as is the hope for a contingent of understandably unhappy Bears fans — although two games do remain.

With that in mind — and all the other underlying factors — Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky insists the team will pay no mind to how the Browns are attempting to avoid becoming only the second team in NFL history to go 0-16.

“The motivation is just to win,” Trubisky said. “We have a bunch of competitors and we’re trying to finish out our season strong. We don’t care who rolls in here.”