49ers 31, Browns 3

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.

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21 comments on “49ers 31, Browns 3
  1. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Youngstown dwarfed Cleveland last night.

    CLE looked pretty small. Could be the coaching and FO.

    Is the Cuyahoga still catching fire these days. Browns football venues did, in mourning.

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    This Rams game, and the Seattle game in a month, loom really large now. Here is where the rubber meets the road. Is it all just a dream, or is this team really going to the playoffs?

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    That was truly a fun game.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Cleveland Browns highly drafted QBs are destined to fail
    Tim Couch Brady Quinn Brandon Weeden Johnny Manziel, Deshon Kizer Baker Mayfield.

    They have film now on Mayfield and have figured out his weaknesses. He still bails to the right when flushed and he’s destined to go the way of Johnny Football.

    Browns also had Jason Campbell, Colt McCoy and RG3 at QB. They
    were channeling their Redskin model and look where it’s gotten
    Washington.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners were far from perfect yesterday but they still crushed the Browns.

    The fear yesterday was the Brown passing attack was going to carve up the Niners with all that receiving talent. Pretty damn impressive when you hold your opponent to 78 net yards passing.

    A lot of questions are being answered now and you have to trust Shanahan and Lynch as they have a solid foundation for this team laid out and they can build on it going forward.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From PFF

    “Baker Mayfield was under pressure on 14 of his 26 dropbacks last night (53.8%). When under pressure he was 1-10, 25 yards, 2 INT, and a passer rating of 0.0.”

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CLE took a good OL for granted. Let Mack C go FA to ATL. Traded Zeitler RG for Olivier Vernon this offseason. Have Glenn Robinson as Joe Thomas successor.

    Not what it used to be. And it shows.

  8. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Pass Rush Kills.

    The lack of one usually means bad things for a defense.

    Recall how quickly the defense became elite, when Nolan/McCloughan’s cast finally got a pass rusher in Aldon.

    And how fast it slipped when Aldon went bonkers.

    Ive been a believer since Floyd Peters and our 1976 team – which would have gone deep in the playoffs, except 1) We didn’t have a decent field goal kicker, and it cost us three games, 2) Plunkett was a shell shocked QB who needed time on the bench to recover, and 3) Even the backups to the backups on the O-line got hurt in training camp. But man what a defense, especially the line.

    This team has a chance to be special. No guarantees, but it’s better than we’ve had since at least the Super Bowl loss.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Funny isn’t it how so called “stone age” or Schemblecher football is actually a winning strategy.

    Time of possession and a strong running game keeps the opposite offense off the field and your defense fresh.
    And a formidable defense that’s rested wind games.

    That was the style the Jimbo utilized to bring the team back to glory.

    Some who used to post here didn’t think the offense was sexy enough and railed on Greg Roman. Getting into the NFC Championship Game almost every year and one Super Bowl was not stylistic enough for those guys.

    I figure if it works and it’s successful then don’t mess with it.
    This Super Win or Bust Bravado makes you sound like Jed telling everyone the BS that the Niners only raise Super Bowl banners.

    Get in the playoffs, be relevant and compete. If you fall short the tweak the team and fix what weaknesses you might determine the team has.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This road trip to LA on a short week will be the first real test we face this year.
    Skule will be a major LA focal point.
    How the OL holds up against Donald and Co will determine how legit we are IMO.
    Rams are not as formidable as they’ve seemed in recent years.
    Could be a great statement game for Shanny, if he can find a formula to keep Goff and Co on the sidelines, without Juice in the backfield.
    Would like to see a ball control/Defensive game but, I’m thinking this could become a track meet.
    Should be fun.

  11. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Got a hunch Kittle will likely be in line to fill in for Kyle too.
    More I watch him, the more I appreciate his tenacity in the blocking game.
    Quite the ‘Gamer’IMO. 😀

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Bosa was just named NFC Defensive Player of the Week which was well deserved.

    Both Skule at LT and Mosely at CB had superb games. Before the game these would seem to the targets that the Browns would deem vulnerable but both held their own.

    Myles Garret got one sack and it was against McGlinchey. Skule is growing into the position quickly and is a good placeholder for Staley. With continued growth he could succeed Staley in a couple of years.

    OBJ, Landry, Garret and Mayfield were all hype and failed to show up on Monday Night.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Big reason for 2019 success is instant pro bowl quality return on #2 pick. No training project needed for full rookie year.

    Trading deadline approaching. AA looks to have cheated the hangman. Health matters. Is he still expendable or is Solomon Thomas the one. Other depth dline players have little trade value and low cost. Thomas and AA about 9 mil a year.

    Need to trim dline roster for other units. Maybe one of either Mullens or CJB. Mullens brings higher pick in a trade.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Skull has greatly outperformed his pick. Cost/value better than Bosa. #2 makes big bucks and dwarfs 6th rd pennies.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Skule. Bad when proofreading mandatory on effing autocorrect. Android and their Korean coder mfers.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good clip of Laken Tomlinson flattening a pest:

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1182038580044140545

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Yikes! “McGlinchey will be out 4 to 6 weeks.”

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    The major injuries happening on offense. D has to carry the team for a bit.

    Desperate trades for OT help could occur. Hate to see it. Against all odds, the franchise QB needs to be protected.

    Stress the running game even more, along with play action?

  19. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Some people who used to posthere.

    Not safe for dissent, chickenshit. And you troll y blog.

    What a guy.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2019 Schedule
9-8: W 49ers 31, Buccaneers 17
9-15: W 49ers 41,Bengals 17
9-22: W 49ers 24, Steelers 20
9-29: BYE

10-7: W 49ers 31, Browns 3
10-13: W 49ers 20, Rams 7
10-20: W 49ers 9, Washington 0
10-27: W 49ers 51, Panthers 13
10-31: W 49ers 28, Cardinals 25

11-11: L Seahawks 27, 49ers 24
11-17: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1:05pm
11-24: vs. Green Bay Packers, 1:25pm

12-1: @ Baltimore Ravens, 10am
12-8: @ New Orleans Saints, 10am
12-15: vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:25pm
12-21 or 12-22: vs. Los Angeles Rams
12-29: @ Seattle Seahawks, 1:25pm

2019 Draft Class
1. DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
2. WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
3. WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor
4. P Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
5. LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
6. TE Kaden Smith, Stanford
6. OT Justin Skule, Vanderbilt
6. DB Tim Harris, Virginia
 
2019 Prognostications
Bakkentom: 10-6
Bullit: 10-6
Grumpy: 9-7
Skeebers: 8-8
Mr Fletch: 7-9
NJ49er: 7-9
Winder: 7-9

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