California Nightmare: Browns Run Over By 49ers 31-3

Baker Mayfield Fumble
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The Cleveland Browns second appearance Monday Night Football didn’t quite go as well as the first.

The San Francisco 49ers put the foot on the gas and never let up. The undefeated 49ers drop the Browns to 2-3 with a dominating 31-3 beatdown.

So where did it all go wrong for the Browns. The answer is simple, in the trenches. NFL football games are won up front. The 49ers completed manhandled the Browns on both sides of the ball in the trenches.

Cleveland’s defense continues to have trouble stopping opposing running games. The Browns gave up an 83-yard touchdown run to Matt Breida on San Francisco’s first offensive play from scrimmage. Breida would rush for a game high 114 yards on eleven carries. The Browns defense surrendered 275 rushing yards.

In contrast, the Browns only had 180 yards of total offense. San Francisco finished with 446.

Baker Mayfield threw for only 100 yards. Mayfield’s quarterback rating was a disaster, 13.4. Baker was just eight of 22 with two interceptions and a lost fumble. Mayfield is also sacked four times. Baker’s consecutive games with a touchdown pass ends at 17.

Head coach Freddie Kitchens tried to get wide receiver Odell Beckham move involved in the game plan. It worked early, but not late. Beckham threw the first pass of the game, a 20-yard completion to Jarvis Landry. Beckham also had two carries for 15-yards. Receiving wise, Beckham hauled in two catches for 27-yards. Landry finished with a team high 75-yards on four receptions.

Late in the fourth quarter, trailing 28-3, Kitchens sent Beckham out to return a punt. The result, a fumble lost after Beckham tried to hard to make a play.

Running back Nick Chubb finished with 87-yards rushing on 16 carries.

Wide receiver Antonio Callaway saw his first game action of the 2019 season. Callaway’s drop of of a sure touchdown in the second quarter, turned into an interception. The 49ers would turn that interception into a touchdown of their own. The 14-point swing ended any realistic chance of a Cleveland comeback.

The schedule doesn’t get easier in week six. The Seattle Seahawks visit FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday. The Browns have a short week to prepare for Russell Wilson and company. Seattle has an extra three days to prepare for Cleveland due to playing last Thursday.

Scott Piker is the Cleveland BrownsCleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians Managing Editor for Full Press So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport

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