Browns and 49ers Preview

The Browns and 49ers are alike. Both teams want to bounce back after poor seasons from a year ago, both have new head coaches and both are looking to build for the future.

The one main difference; the 49ers are 5-1, the Browns are 3-3.

In San Francisco, fans have seen the 49ers improve on both sides of the football thanks to the help of new head coach Jim Harbaugh. Even though Harbaugh’s head coaching experience was mainly in the college ranks, he has proven he can put together a competitive team together. Harbaugh has provided the spark needed to get quarterback Alex Smith performing well and his enthusiasm has translated into five wins so far this season.

In Cleveland, Browns fans have seen the Browns struggle at times on on offense and play inconsistently. Last week against the Seahawks in what many have called as the most boring game ever witness, the Browns got the job done on defense but failed to score a touchdown. McCoy continued to struggle to find open receivers at times, running back Peyton Hillis did not play and the offense had difficulty putting drives together. With the exception of the game against Indianapolis, the Browns offense has struggled to put drives together early on and it shows in their 3-3 record.

Against the 49ers today, the Browns will be playing a tough defense and cannot afford a slow start. The 49ers defense has stopped some tough offenses already this season and making the Browns go three and out too many times will be costly. McCoy will have to get the offense rolling from the first drive and cannot afford to go three and out too many times.

On special teams, the Browns have struggled and it won’t get easier today against the 49ers. With Cleveland native Ted Ginn Jr ready to go, the Browns will have to improve on their special teams mistakes. Ginn has developed this season as a premiere punt returner and will hurt the Browns if they are napping on special teams. The Browns struggled on field goal attempts last week with two kicks that were blocked and will need to prevent that from happening again this week if they want to stay in this game.

 

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~ by jeffrsabo on October 30, 2011.

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