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Browns vs 49ers Monday Night Football Picks, Odds & Preview – San Francisco Seeking 4-0 Start

Jimmy Garoppolo will try to lead the 49ers to their first 4-0 start since 1990 when they take on the Browns on Monday Night Football. Photo from @spotrac (Twitter).
  • The San Francisco 49ers host the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football
  • The 49ers are trying to get to 4-0 for the first time since 1990
  • Get the odds, our pick, and all the info you need to bet the game below

Two teams that took futility to great heights in recent years lock horns in a meeting of franchises on the rise to close out Week 5 on Monday Night Football, as the San Francisco 49ers host the Cleveland Browns (Oct. 7, 8:15pm ET).

Cleveland stacked a paltry 11 wins over the previous four seasons (including an entirely winless campaign in 2017), followed closely by the Niners, who could only muster 17 over the same time frame.

Cleveland Browns vs San Francisco 49ers Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Over/Under odds at GTBets
Cleveland Browns +195 +5 (-109) Over 47.0 (-109)
San Francisco 49ers -225 -5 (-109) Under 47.0 (-109)

*Odds taken 06/10/19

On Monday, the Browns will be looking to stay in the thick of the AFC North division title race, while Frisco tries to stay with the Patriots as the last of the unbeaten in the NFL this season.

The most recent Cleveland Browns vs San Francisco 49ers odds point to the Niners moving to 4-0 for the first time since 1990. Let’s determine where your wager should land.

Browns Finally Meet Hype

It took four games, but Cleveland’s thorough 40-25 Week 4 thrashing of Baltimore showed just how potent an offence the Browns can showcase.

Establishing Nick Chubb was the key, as the second-year back shredded the Ravens to the tune of 165 yards and three majors on just 20 carries – punctuated by an explosive 88-yard major. Nice test for him, as he’ll be facing a the only team in the NFL yet to surrender a rushing TD.

The running game loosened up the defense, allowing Baker Mayfield the time to work the field with his accuracy. He finished 20-of-30 for 342 yards and a TD pass. He’s now thrown a TD pass in 17 straight games, closing in on Kurt Warner’s 23-game NFL streak.

While Jarvis Landry was the beneficiary this time around, piling up eight catches for 167 yards (before leaving with a concussion), the free-flowing passing should get Odell Beckham and David Njoku involved as Mayfield exploits the best matchup.

Are 49ers for Real?

The Niners were gifted a win in Tampa courtesy a pair of Jameis Winston pick-sixes, before stomping out winless Cincinnati and the then-winless Pittsburgh Steelers, who were giving Mason Rudolph his first career start.

The result? San Fran boasts the fourth-ranked offense and third-ranked defense in the NFL.

But Kyle Shanahan’s ability to gain traction in the run game missing its top two options in Tevin Coleman and Jerrick McKinnon is no fluke.

The three-headed monster of Matt Breida,  Jeffrey Wilson and Raheem Mostert have helped the 49ers churn out 175 yards per game on the ground, trailing only the run-obsessed Vikings, and also adding an effective pass-catching element.

They’ll need more of that on Monday, as veteran tackle Joe Staley is out, leaving rookie Justin Skule to have to handle Myles Garrett – who’s tied for third in the NFL with six sacks –  in just his second career start.

How that matchup plays out will likely affect QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s output. He’s solid at Levi’s Stadium, winning all four home starts, averaging 276.5 yards passing per game with a 102.1 rating.

What’s the Best Bet?

San Francisco is surrendering just 283.3 total yards a contest, and just 6.5 yards per pass attempt, while forcing seven turnovers in three games – matching their total from all of last season.

Forgive me for thinking this is a little smoke and mirrors, but also believing that the Niners have a chance to be a decent team.

This spread implies they’re playing at a higher clip than where they’re at though, and for that reason, I’m taking the Browns and those points, in a game that should be close.

The pick: Browns +5 (-109)

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