Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers Preview & Prediction

Just when you think you have the NFL all pegged down; something happens that makes you question everything you know. It could be a backup rising up to take control of a team when a start player gets injured, like the way Teddy Bridgewater has in New Orleans. It may also be an unbeaten team losing a game that you would expect them to win as a double-digit favorite, as the Kansas City Chiefs did on Sunday night with a loss to the Indianapolis Colts. We have come to expect the unexpected in this league, which is why we are not taking the Monday night game for granted. With the Chiefs loss, we are down to just 2 unbeaten teams left in the league. The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots went to 5-0 on Sunday afternoon, while the 49ers can extend their unbeaten streak to start the season to 4 when they host the Cleveland Browns in primetime. The bookies like the 49ers at home, installing them as a 5-point favorite for this one. The point total has been set as 47 ½.

When: Monday, October 7 at 8:20 PM EST
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
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Why bet on the Cleveland Browns

After watching them play 4 games, it’s still unclear as to what we should expect from this Cleveland Browns squad. There is no denying that they have assembled a very talented group, but they seem to go from looking terrible one week to playoff contenders the week after. The Browns have become the team that you tend to leave off of your wager slips for that very reason. Cleveland is coming off a bye week, which may be a little disappointing given that they dismantled the Baltimore Ravens in 40-25 blowout the week previous. They head to San Francisco knowing that they have done well there in the past, winning 5 of their last 6. They have also been a good bet on the road, going 5-1 ATS in their last 6 trips away from home.

Why bet on the San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers may have used the bye week to sort some things out after a bit of a fortuitous win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3. They won that game 24-20 at home despite turning the ball over 6 times. It’s not often that you can do that and still come away with the win, which means that the defense needs some real props. They have been good through the opening 3 games, allowing just 18 PPG. The offense was also solid in the opening 2 weeks off the season, scoring 31 and 41 points, respectively. The 49ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 versus the AFC. With 10 of their last 12 non-conference games going UNDER the point total. They have been a fabulous bet on Monday night, going 12-2 ATS.


Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think the UNDER is the bet that really stands out here, especially given the 49ers previous record versus teams from the AFC. I also like San Francisco to win and cover at home, as that defense is going to be tough for the Browns to break down.

Cleveland Browns 13 San Francisco 49ers 28