I sent this to the staff late, so many of them weren’t able to make their predictions. That doesn’t mean you can’t, though.
I love what the 49ers defense has done this season, but I think they face adversity like they haven’t seen this year. That’s due to the talent in Cleveland. That said, I’m taking the better coach and the home team. I don’t see how the Browns matchup with George Kittle and Deebo Samuel will have his best game as a pro. While he’s made some mistakes early in the season from a tackling standpoint, Tarvarius Moore gets his first interception, and for the first time in nearly 20 years, the 49ers start 4-0. 27-23, good guys.
This is going to be full of touchdowns. If they were in Cleveland, I’d give the edge to the Browns by a field goal, but they are in San Francisco, the edge goes to the 49ers. We will see the 49ers team we have tonight, and if they do that halfway, lollipop turnover stuff they did against Pittsburgh, this is over at halftime.
But they won’t. That team wants to crush it, and Jimmy Garoppolo is cold-blooded. Browns get up early, 49ers mount an epic comeback, last minute touchdown dart with 45 seconds left, 4-0, see you in Los Angeles. 49ers 34, Browns 31
The coaching matchup seems to decidedly favor the 49ers, particularly on offense. The 49ers offense is heating up and adding Tevin Coleman to the mix should only further improve it.
I’m also a big fan of the 49ers defense (worth noting I am a 49ers fan, so adjust your expectations accordingly). They entered Week 5 second in defensive efficiency, and while their bye means they have only played three games, it’s been an impressive effort to date. I think we see the pass rush give Baker Mayfield a tough time most of the evening.
The 49ers are sending out a relatively fresh face at cornerback in Emmanuel Moseley, and it’s safe to say the Browns will challenge him. I’d love to take the under on this one, but Moseley and whomever else is back there opposite Richard Sherman could easily get beaten on a blown coverage here or there and this game turns into a bit of a shootout.
49ers 24, Browns 21
The undefeated season continues, and the 49ers do enough to edge out a hard-earned victory in primetime on Monday Night Football. With both Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams still out, Jimmy G should take advantage of a vulnerable Browns secondary. Deebo Samuel, Marquise Goodwin, and George Kittle should all have productive games. Once again, the difference between a win and a loss will come down to the 49ers’ defense. Can they contain Nick Chubb and force Baker Mayfield into tight coverages? The X Factor on defense is Emmanuel Moseley and how he lines up against Odell Beckham Jr. On offense, it is Justin Skule as he squares off with Myles Garrett. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it when the dust settles. 49ers in a nailbiter on MNF!
The Browns may have had an impressive victory against the Baltimore Ravens, but that was a division rival. I’m just not sold on Freddie Kitchens as a head coach, and I don’t believe in his ability to get his team ready for an unfamiliar opponent. Throw in Nick Bosa’s comments about proving the 49ers aren’t a “fake undefeated team” on the national stage, and I think the 49ers lay a beating down on the Browns. 49ers win 42-20
After what seems like an eternity, the 49ers are back in action against a Browns team that finally seems to be putting their season back on track. Unfortunately for them, they are running into the buzzsaw that is the 2019 49ers defense. Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, Defo, Kwon, Sherman, and the gang will spend the majority of the night terrorizing Baker Mayfield and shutting down Nick Chubb and the Browns rushing attack. I called this back in the spring, and I’m not taking it back, 49ers off the bye, at home, Browns traveling cross country after a tough road game in Baltimore will be too much to overcome. A win for the good guys.
49ers 30, Browns 20
I chose against the 49ers two weeks ago against Pittsburgh, a game in which they coughed up a whopping five turnovers and ultimately should have lost that game - but they won, and that was enough for many people to crown them as official playoff contenders this season. I agree with that, but they come into tonight’s primetime matchup against Cleveland semi-banged up: Joe Staley is out with a broken leg and Ahkello Witherspoon, although on the mend quicker than many anticipated, got injured at the wrong time as he was playing at a high-level. It helps that the Browns, according to reports, will be short their starting cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams. What doesn’t help is that Odell Beckham, Jr has amassed 900 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in nine career Monday Night Football games. This one ends in a shootout as we see San Francisco retain their unblemished record for at least one more week.
49ers 38, Browns 30