Jim Schwartz has owned Kyle Shanahan

The San Francisco 49ers have scored 30 or more points in a franchise record eight consecutive games. This is the longest such streak in the NFL since the Denver Broncos won 11 straight from week 15 of 2012 to week 8 of 2013.

San Francisco’s record setting run could be in danger of coming to an end against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Cleveland defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has owned 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

The two have faced off nine times since 2008, eight as head coaches or coordinators. Schwartz has won 8 of those matchups, including the last seven while holding Shanahan’s offense to an average of just 15.7 points per contest.

As the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator in 2016, Shanahan’s offense got off to a hot start. Over the first nine weeks of the season the Falcons averaged 33.8 points per game.

In week 10 they traveled to Philadelphia to take on an Eagles defense led by Schwartz.

The Falcons scored just 15 points in a 23-15 loss.

During his weekly media availability on Wednesday, Shanahan was asked about the challenges of facing a Browns defense which has allowed just 196.8 yards per game.

“They rush the passer every play and then react to everything else. Myles Garrett combined with Schwartz’s scheme and the guys around him, it’s a problem. It’s obvious why they’re a top defense right now.

When you have the D-Line they have, the downhill linebackers, you better have some good corners and they have very good ones. They play a lot of man-to-man coverage. They’ll mix in some zone. But, when you play that much man-to-man and you’re also the number one pass defense in the league, you’ve got to have some good corners.”

In a twist, it could be Shanahan’s defense which proves to be the difference on Sunday.

Cleveland will likely be without starting quarterback Deshaun Watson on Sunday. The veteran quarterback missed the Browns last game on October 1 with a shoulder injury and has yet to practice.

If Watson is unable to go all signs point towards Cleveland moving to P.J. Walker.

Advantage 49ers.

Walker has made seven career starts from 2020-2022 with the Carolina Panthers. He has completed 57.5 percent of his passes and thrown 11 interceptions to just 5 touchdowns.

Regardless of who starts at quarterback, the Browns will be without Nick Chubb. Chubb was lost for the season to a knee injury during a week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In their two games since losing Chubb, Cleveland has managed just 3.1 yards per rush attempt.

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  1. I’m not a big fan of tying wins and losses to coordinators, especially when the teams are both different. I’m not too concerned about this game since our defense is comparable to Cleveland’s and our offense is head and shoulders better than Cleveland’s. Sure we may or may not score 30 points but we should still win the game.

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  2. I’ll say this for Cleveland, they have a good defense, too. But who have they beaten who has a high powered offense like SF? I think our defense will slow down their offense, while our offense will be their toughest challenge while on defense.

  3. The 49ers success this week will be dependent upon their ability to control Myles Garrett. If they control Garrett they win by 2 TDs, If Garret gets to BP consistently the 49ers win a close one. imho

  4. Agree with OC. Niners have a way of outperforming against great defensive players. It is possible they surprise again and contain Garrett. We shall see. Brock needs to move adroitly and do it quickly.

  5. Myles Garrett is another tough defender for Colton Mckivitz to watch out for. Although I have to say he did better last week. From what I heard about the Browns offense, maybe Nick Bosa can get a couple of sacks. Drake? Randy? Javon? We shall see.

  6. Myles Garrett is the best DE in football in my opinion. He lives in obscurity because he plays for Cleveland. That Cleveland defense is going to be tough to score on, especially if the weather is bad.

    1. Pittsburg scored 26 points on Cleveland and the Ravens scored 28 so I’m pretty sure we will score enough to win because I doubt Cleveland can come close to scoring that amount against or defense.

      1. 49ers will win but this is not going to be a cakewalk for the offense. Go look at the games you mentioned. Pittsburgh scored 26 points but Cleveland defense only gave up 1 TD in that game. Pittsburgh Defense scored 2 TDs. In the Ravens game, the Cleveland rookie backup QB threw 3 picks. Cleveland offense is trash. The defense is very good.

      2. Felix, The Steelers had 2 defensive touchdowns. The Browns couldn’t contain Lamar Jackson on the ground, a running QB is not something the Browns D will have to contend with this week. The 49ers will win this weekend on the back of their defense. Maybe even a shutout.

  7. The Browns are not a good team. The Niners are a very good team, and might be taking the Browns too lightly. It may rain in Cleveland. This means the Niners will win the game, but they may not beat the large point spread the casinos have set. Watch this game and see if the Niners win by more than 10 points.

  8. The 49ers have been crushing every opponent this season. They are a great team from coaching down to the players.
    Strong at all positions which makes them a definite top Superbowl contender. But, I would like to see them tested at some point this season, at least before the playoffs.
    How the team reacts under this situation not only says a lot about the team, but helps to build character going forward.

    1. Yup. Would love to see a game winning 2 minute drive and a field goal as time expires to win. Need that experience.

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