Hoyer and Cleveland's offensive starters needed a boost after struggling in the preseason as they learn a new system. Hoyer went 6 of 8 for 69 yards on the opening drive against Chicago's backups before Ben Tate scored on a 1-yard run.
For Cleveland's first-team offense, it was just the second TD this summer, and even if it came against some players who won't make Chicago's roster, Hoyer will take it.
"It was great to get out there and just move right down the field," said Hoyer, who barely beat out Manziel for the starting job. "We said tonight wasn't about them. It was about us. Regardless of who's playing for them -- they were nameless and faceless opponents -- we just wanted to go out and make everything about us. It's good to go down and get in the end zone."
Manziel threw a TD pass, finished 6 of 17 for 83 yards, ran for 55 and did some typical Johnny Football improvising.
Manziel scrambled around, skipped some passes, fumbled twice and provided some entertaining moments.
"Falls into the category of Johnny being Johnny," Pettine said. "A couple of those plays were no, no, no, yes -- but that's what he does. He's certainly shown why he has the reputation that he does."
Pettine had little choice but to play his starters in the fourth preseason game following a horrific performance in a loss to St. Louis.
Hoyer and Cleveland's offense were desperate for a positive of any kind with the season opener against Pittsburgh just 10 days away. And the first unit's 13-play, 85-yard march was something to build upon.
"It just shows us what we're capable of, and that's what's been the frustrating part this preseason," Hoyer said. "To go out there and just do it against a different team is important. It's a good feeling heading out of the preseason."
The Browns could be forced to trade for a wide receiver. But Nate Burleson should help. He played for the first time in the preseason and caught a 27-yarder from Manziel, who danced around in the backfield and dodged several Bears before throwing a strike to Burleson. That play set up Manziel's 1-yard toss to tight end Jim Dray.
Fales made a good case for himself, finishing 13 of 24 for 146 yards.
Holmes, 30, showed he's still got some breakaway speed on his TD grab. He hauled in a short pass from Fales, spun away from rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert and scampered into the end zone untouched for a 10-7 lead.
"You see the explosion in him," Trestman said. "He caught a short throw, turned and ran, separated from the defense. That's a good sign."
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