Thursday, October 27, 2011

JZN NFL Predictions vs. Spread: Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers (Week 8, 2011-12)

The San Francisco 49ers will play in their first home game since they defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-3. Will they start getting overconfident in their 5-1 start? Will the Cleveland Browns’ defense play well enough on defense?

The early spread on this game is 49ers (-9). Here are some of the key aspects of the game and what to watch out for in pick ’em leagues. All lines from Y! Sports and injury reports from CBS Sports as of October 27, 2011. Always update yourselves with injury lines because they’ll change throughout the week.

Current Personal Picks Record (Straights Only)
San Francisco 49ers 3-3
Cleveland Browns 3-3

Key Injuries
LB Marcus Benard (Out), WR Mohamed Massaquoi, TE Benjamin Watson, OL Artis Hicks

Keys to the Game
  • Which defense will create the big turnover?
  • Will Ted Ginn have a factor? What about Joshua Cribbs
  • Are the 49ers underrated? Are the Browns overrated?

Not much to note here. The 49ers are at home. They’ve had the bye week. They’ve had less turmoil than the Browns because of that Peyton Hillis contractual dispute. They’re healthier.

The 49ers are 5-0-1 against the spread (ATS) this season. The Browns are 2-2-1. I’m thinking that the Browns are due for a touchdown since they didn’t have one in their 6-3 victory. They might reach 10 points. I’d say 20-27 points should win this game and cover the spread for the 49ers.

Final Predictions:
Against the Spread: San Francisco 49ers (-9)
Straight: San Francisco 49ers 27, Cleveland 7

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