Monday night’s Browns-49ers game was expected to be a competitive one (49ers entered as 5-point favorites), but it was definitely not.
San Francisco was in full control from the get-go, and came away with a 31-3 victory over Cleveland to remain the NFC’s only undefeated team at 4-0. The 49ers outgained the Browns by 266 yards (446-180), had the ball for 15 minutes longer, and won the turnover battle 4-0. It was complete domination from the 49ers, and an embarrassing performance from the Browns.
And a play in the fourth quarter summarized the night well.
Trailing 28-3 and with the offense doing very little, Cleveland’s Odell Beckham Jr. understandably wanted to try to make a big play on a punt return. That didn’t work out (like pretty much else in this game for the Browns). OBJ ran all over the place… only to lose six yards and fumble.
The Browns (2-3) have a lot to clean up, and it’s a rough part of the schedule for that to be the case. Cleveland hosts the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6, before going on the road to face the New England Patriots (5-0) after a Week 7 Bye. Things could quickly unravel for a team that entered 2019 as a trendy Super Bowl pick.