Welcome back for another week of San Francisco 49ers football! The San Francisco 49ers travel to face the Cleveland Browns in Week 14. The game airs on FOX, and kicks off at 10:00 a.m. PT. The announcers will be Joe Davis and Brady Quinn, with Peter Schrager on the sideline.
The 49ers are 4-8, coming off a wild 26-20 overtime road win over the Chicago Bears. They head back on the road again to face Cleveland, and will look to put together their first consecutive wins of the season. The 49ers have been pretty awful on the road, but they have played bad teams pretty well, for the most part. They beat the Bears, and almost beat the Giants. They lost 27-6 at the Rams, but Todd Gurley was on a roll at that point, and the 49ers offense was a train wreck.
The Browns have plenty of their own problems. The big story is Johnny Manziel moving into the starting lineup after a two-week benching. He has been in and out of the lineup this year, and the team really doesn't have a firm grasp on what his future is. He could be gone in the near future, they could decide he's an option for the future. He likely gets the final four weeks to show something, but that is also assuming he doesn't do something off the field to force the coaching staff's hand again. You could call this the battle of two train wreck franchises.
This game has an intriguing line, with the 49ers installed as a 1.5-point underdog to the Browns. As a road team, the 49ers are a tough team to pick most weeks. They have generally played well against bad teams on the road, but they have still struggled at times. They beat the Bears, but were partially bailed out by Bears miscues. They face an awful Browns team this week, which makes it hard to not pick the 49ers. But does this strike anybody else as a potential letdown game? I'll just say that I think this game ends up really close, and it would not surprise me if the 49ers stumble and lose.
Nuts and bolts
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
Game time: Sunday, December 13, 10:00 a.m. PT
TV channel: FOX
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass on replay
49ers Radio: 680-AM, 107.7 (Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan) | Full listings
Announcers: Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Peter Schrager
Spanish Radio: KTRB 860-AM (Jesus Zarate, Luis Landero)
Odds: 49ers +1.5
Matchup history: 7-11
Enemy blog: Dawgs By Nature
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49ers regular season schedule
Week 1: vs. Minnesota Vikings - 49ers 20, Vikings 3
Week 2: @ Pittsburgh Steelers - Steelers 43, 49ers 18
Week 3: @ Arizona Cardinals - Cardinals 47, 49ers 7
Week 4: vs. Green Bay Packers - Packers 17, 49ers 3
Week 5: @ New York Giants Giants 30, 49ers 27
Week 6: vs. Baltimore Ravens - 49ers 25, Ravens 20
Week 7: vs. Seattle Seahawks - Seahawks 20, 49ers 3
Week 8: @ St. Louis Rams - Rams 27, 49ers 6
Week 9: vs. Atlanta Falcons - 49ers 17, Falcons 16
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: @ Seattle Seahawks - Seahawks 29, 49ers 13
Week 12: vs. Arizona Cardinals - Cardinals 19, 49ers 13
Week 13: @ Chicago Bears - 49ers 26, Bears 20
Week 14: @ Cleveland Browns - Sunday, December 13, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 15: vs. Cincinnati Bengals - Sunday, December 20, 5:30 p.m. NBC (SNF)
Week 16: @ Detroit Lions - Sunday, December 27, 10:00 a.m. FOX
Week 17: vs. St. Louis Rams - Sunday, January 3, 1:25 p.m. FOX