Upstart Bragging Rights

The Browns and 49ers haven’t been of much interest for a good while to NFL followers (except as sarcastic or comedic examples of poorly run franchises). But this year, both teams are the darlings of the expert prognosticators that glut the country from sea to shining sea.

Cleveland stumbled out of the gate this year, leading many to roll their eyes and do the “Same old Browns” rhumba. But they regained some luster last week by drubbing a Ravens team that many thought were legitimate SB contenders.

Time will tell whether that game was an aberration or a revelation.

It did make the Niners sit up and take notice, no doubt. They could have come off the BYE week feeling a little too full of themselves, but that shouldn’t be a concern now.

Nor should the 200+ yards the Browns put up running the ball against Baltimore. Nobody will put up those figures against the 49ers’ front seven. They’ve been stuffing the run all year and will do it again Monday night.

Both teams are in first place in their respective divisions, which has not occurred since the ’80s, when Cleveland, known then as the Cardiac Kids, made a couple of SB runs. One was squashed by John Elway and the other by an Ernest Byner fumble at the goal line.

Most expect this game to be a pissing contest between two young hotshot QBs – Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo. Unlike a lot of Monday Night matchups, this one should be fun to watch.

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21 comments on “Upstart Bragging Rights
  1. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Wonder if Shanahan still thinks he should have signed Kirk Cousins?

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Probably not.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Roster moves

    Skeebers predicted that Verrett would be short terms and he has landed on IR along with Jalen Hurd and both are done for the season.

    Niners have re-signed CB Dontae Johnson and Jordan Mathews to fill their spots.

    Will that end the Stefan Diggs rumors that are swirling?

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yikes! Seahags are in their all Chartreuse uniforms. Should change their nickname to the Grinches.

    Good to hear Joe Buck say the Rams and Seahags are trying to keep pace with the 1st place Niners.

    Oh yeah, Phuck the Rams!

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Dealing with Myles garrett.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    mmqb writers nailed also, Tim Rohan and Andy benoit.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CLE liability on D is LB and DE Olivier Vernon against the run. Their top two CB’s currently injured with hamstrings.

    Jimmy excels in intermediate passing game over the middle, defended by LB and SS. Looks like we put up a lot of points Monday. Christian Kirksey injured and his backup with Joe Schobert as MLB. We target LB and SS over the middle all evening with Kittle, Samuel, and Juice.

    Will this be the most watched MNF this season.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Fangio gets his first win.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Not only is CLE LB and SS average at best, but their two starting outside CB’s most likely will not play.

    CLE cannot stop either run or pass, Shanahan has multiple weaknesses to exploit. Myles Garrett can be schemed to neutralize.

    We win.

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We should win without too much trouble – *IF* our ball security is better than it was in Game 3. Don’t give up the ball and I think we’ll win by a couple of touchdowns.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49er inactives:

    QB C.J. Beathard
    RB Jeff Wilson
    CB Ahkello Witherspoon
    OL Joe Staley
    OL Sam Young
    WR Jordan Matthews
    DL Jullian Taylor

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Halftime so far so good.

    Bosa or OBJ? No brainer Bosa has made a huge difference with D.

    Should be 27-3. Keep the foot on the gas. Mayfield has that deer in the headlights look and is ready to make more mistakes.

    Go Niners!!! Phuck the Rams!!!

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Without seeing the game yet, niners made a statement.

    Remember the recent pre KS bad ole days. Unable to adapt a gameplan within the first half. No adjustments made in 1st half, halftime changes did not amount to jack, and ended up amassing most game yards in garbage time.

    Saw some of that with CLE and their over-hyped QB with the mouth and attitude. Our D made him eat sheet all night. Reminded me of Kaep.

    Need to watch full game with Gamepass later. Who are the analysts that rated them so high. Faceplant much.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Look at the predictions section in last half of this article.

    Man up boys. Go out and beat your chests in the public square. Don’t quit your day jobs. T

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Besides the timing of the 3 Missed FG attempts the only other major thing that went wrong was the injury.

    Kyle Shanahan said FB Kyle Juszczyk is dealing with what appears to be a left knee sprain and indicated Juszczyk could miss next week’s game. Juszczyk told me after the game that he’s not yet sure of the severity of the injury, though. Clarity likely to come Tuesday.

    The NFl might give Bosa a 3rd sack tonight because Mayfield’s knee hit the turf before he was able to throw the ball away.
    Tonight was Bosa’s coming out party and he played up to his draft status.

    Phuck the Rams!

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The quote about Kyle Juszczyk came from Nick Wagoner in the post above

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedule
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05 · 5:20 PM @ SEA
12/12 · 10:00 AM @ CIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17