49ers vs. Browns: Previewing Week 14 for San Francisco
By Peter Panacy
Dec 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith (82) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning 71 yard touchdown during the overtime against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The 49ers won 26-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Sunday’s contest between the 49ers and Browns kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on Fox.
The 49ers enter the contest with a 4-8 record, while the Browns are a lowly 2-10 on the season. Both franchises are in last place within their respective divisions.
Odds Shark lists Cleveland as a one-point favorite. Can San Francisco find a way to get the upset and post back-to-back victories for the first time in 2015?
To do so, the 49ers will need to take advantage of a weak Browns run defense. This means a lot of running back Shaun Draughn combined with effective run-blocking schemes up front. San Francisco’s offensive line has performed better as of late.
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Containing quarterback Johnny Manziel will be a major factor, but limiting the damage from tight end Gary Barnidge could be even more critical.
San Francisco still has a lot of work to do in order to get anywhere close to what it was only a couple of seasons ago. But the Browns are a team the 49ers should beat.
Niner Noise fully expects the Niners to do so this Sunday.
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