San Francisco 49ers training camp is just around the corner! It’s time for us to look at each opponent and provide a reason for and against the 49ers beating them. We’ve included a poll for the community to vote on whether they expect a win or a loss and will see what kind of prediction this provides at the end.
Following a bye in Week 4 (huh?) the 49ers will return to Monday Night Football to play the Cleveland Browns. You can read our opponent preview to see what the Browns have been up to. Unlike the Steelers, the Browns have a talented roster but lack the experience. It should be a pretty fun game since it’s in prime time.
Reason for: The Browns’ depth
This is about the time teams start getting banged up. While the Browns have some great starters and have filled a lot of holes since John Dorsey arrived as GM, they don’t have an answer for when those starters go down. The pass-rushing unit is a prime example of this lack of depth. If Myles Garrett goes down or is already down, they don’t have anyone waiting in the interior who can hold down the fort. The offensive line also falls to this. Getting through an entire season without a single injury is more luck than skill. If the wrong person on the Browns goes down, it will hurt much more than if it were someone on the New England Patriots who can plug someone else in.
Reason against: Baker Mayfield + Odell Beckham Jr. + Nick Chubb
I’ll go out on a limb here and say the Browns may have the best trio of quarterback, wide receiver, and running back (yes, maybe better than the New Orleans Saints). There’s been talk about this triplets thing being overblown, and if we’re talking in the vein of winning championships, it is. In this particular game, that trio could cause problems for the 49ers defense—especially if this goes down to the final minutes and a decent drive. OBJ had some fun with this secondary already in 2018, and he has a better quarterback for 2019. The 49ers haven’t played Baker Mayfield yet, so that could bring in a bit of some unknown factors. Nick Chubb is no scrub either, and when you have OBJ catching balls, it opens up lanes for Chubb to run around in.
The 49ers defense is vastly improved, but if those three can get into a rhythm on prime time, they could make the game mighty difficult. Considering I see this game getting won pretty late, those three are even more critical.
What will happen in Week 5 against the Browns?
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