Wow. That was quite a butt kicking.
The 49ers dominated the Browns in every way possible. Scoreboard. TOP. INTs. Sacks. Turnovers. Rushing. Passing. Have I left anything out? Oh, the Browns had three more penalties than the Niners. Their only edge on the evening, and a fittingly negative one.
Two teams entered the game striving to be taken seriously. One team succeeded. One failed. Are the 49ers that good? Or are the Browns that bad.
The vaunted AFC North is looking seriously unvaunted this season. The 49ers have trashed two of its teams and the only reason they didn’t trash the third was the five turnovers they coughed up. They had none in this game.
The 49er secondary came into this game without much respect, but they held Baker Mayfield to 100 yards passing on 8-22 attempts. They had a lot of help from the pass rush, which made Baker’s life mostly miserable – especially Nick Bosa, who’s playing like a number two pick in the draft is expected to play. Excellently, that is. He had two sacks in the game, three on the year, and applies pressure relentlessly.
Superstar WR Odell Beckham has been mostly invisible in Cleveland, and he was again in this game, with only two receptions for 27 yards. He’s probably regretting hot dogging his way out of New York. That’s still better than fellow Diva Antonio Brown, who hot dogged his way out of the league entirely.
Jimmy Garoppolo had a fairly pedestrian evening (20-29, 181 yards), but when your team rushes for 275 yards, there isn’t much reason to fling the ball around a lot.
The 49ers are the only undefeated team left in the NFC and it is not looking like a mirage. They might just be pretty damn good. They travel south to face the Rams next weekend and if they come out of that game still unbeaten, it might be time to start expecting some January football from our previously woeful ensemble.