The Browns (2-2) will be looking to get above .500 for the first time all season when they travel to face the 49ers (3-0), the last undefeated team in the NFC, on “Monday Night Football” (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN) to close Week 5.
In week 5 of the NFL season, the Colts handed the Chiefs their first loss, the Raiders topped the Bears in London, and the Packers beat the Cowboys in Dallas. And after losing to the Patriots to fall to 0-5, Washington fired its coach. You can see all of the Week 5 NFL results here.
Week 5 concludes with the 49ers hosting the Browns on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN. The 49ers have yet to lose this year thanks to a stout defense and the return of QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who missed most of last season with a knee injury. The Browns appeared to get on track last week and hope to keep the offense humming behind the running of Nick Chubb, the passing of Baker Mayfield and the receiving of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
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The strength of this team is the defense. We knew coming into the season this would be the case and so far that opinion has held. They are currently ranked eighth in defensive DVOA, which is one of the better analytical ratings to gauge a team’s overall offense or defense.
The defense is stacked with talent which should be what guides this team should they make the playoffs. On the other side of the ball, the offense has had a bit of a rocky start. This is an offensive that has a ridiculous amount of talent at skill positions. It is not a stretch to say the best skill position players in the league and worthy of an NFL pick.
QB Baker Mayfield has struggled a bit this year, call it the sophomore slump. He looked more dynamic and accurate in his breakout rookie season. This team’s success in the end, is predicated on how well he plays this year. This week the Browns play a 49ers team that has gotten out to a fast start. Can Baker Mayfield lead this team to a win on Monday night?
Are the 49ers as good as their 3-0 start indicates?
It’s too early to answer that question. I have a season win total over ticket in my pocket for the 49ers, so I was a believer of this team going into the year. The analytics love this team. They are currently ranked 2nd in defense and 6th in offensive DVOA. That is really good for a team that had a ton of questions surrounding them coming into the 2019 season.
What has been most impressive about this team through the first month of the season, has been the average play of Jimmy G. 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has just 739 yards with 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions through the first month of the season. That is a disappointing start for him considering how good I believe him to be.