The roller coaster early season for the Cleveland Browns certainly hit a low point on Monday night with a crushing 31-3 loss to San Francisco in Santa Clara. Right off the bat San Francisco hit the Browns with an 83 yard touchdown run from Matt Breida and the 49ers never looked back. It was a dominating performance throughout that saw the 49ers force four turnovers, rush for 275 yards and basically humiliate Baker Mayfield in the process. Mayfield who threw for only 100 yards in the game had very little time to get anything done through the air.
Nick Bosa and company made things hard for the Browns all night, consistently beating the Browns off the ball while only rushing four. Leaving pass catchers covered and Baker running for his life. The play calling again left a lot to be desired for me in this one. I am starting to believe that despite the plethora of talent at the wide receiver position, the Browns really need to be a run first team at least for the time being.
They have had great success running the ball with Nick Chubb both this season and last. They need to set up play action a lot more and the downfield plays will come from that. The Browns fell to 2-3 SU and 2-3 ATS on the season with three of the five games, including this one, falling under the total.
On a positive note both cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams began practicing this week for the Browns and hope to play Sunday. While their replacements have filled in valiantly, they have both been missed on the field especially Ward who is coming off such an impressive rookie campaign. Despite the brutality of the final score the Browns for the most part escaped California relatively injury free
The Cleveland Browns Week 6 Preview and Odds Against the Seahawks
This Sunday the Browns head back to First Energy Stadium for a 1:00 kickoff to take on the Seattle Seahawks (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS). The Seahawks, having played last Thursday, will have had nine days to prepare for this one while Browns of course will be on the short week, coming off a west coast Monday night game. The line on the game opened at CLE – 2.5 and within two days quickly flipped to Sea -1.5 based on the overwhelming majority (80%) of tickets on the Seahawks.
We all saw what happened on Monday night and recency bias is a real thing. I would expect the late action to be on the Browns in this game. Cleveland has bounced back well from their previous two poor outings and the guy behind center I’m sure will be ultra motivated for this one. The Seahawks and Russel Wilson have been outstanding thus far on the season. The defense isn’t quite what it used to be in Seattle but Wilson seems to keep getting better and the running game is solid.
Based on Monday nights game go ahead a fire up Chris Carson on your fantasy team. The Over/ Under on this game opened at 47.5 and has been bet down to 46.5. I would expect a fair amount of points to be scored on Sunday, but it may not be through the air as much. Expect Carson and Wilson to get some things done with their legs and let’s hope Cleveland realizes their best course of action to fix this offense right now is to run the football.