Cleveland Browns: 3-Step blueprint to Week 5 victory over 49ers
Attempt to Contain George Kittle
Moving elsewhere in San Francisco’s offense, the Browns will have to deal with 49ers tight end George Kittle in Week 5. Pro Bowler, pro wrestling fan, and fantasy football superstar, Kittle has become one of the NFL’s premier tight ends since being drafted in 2017. However, Kittle has not visited the end zone for San Francisco this season, and simply put, the Browns must keep it that way.
Even without Garoppolo as his quarterback, the 6-4 Kittle broke out in 2018. San Francisco’s premier offense weapon caught 88 passes for 1,377 and five touchdowns while working with quarterbacks CJ Beathard and Nick Mullens. The Browns have had problems in the past containing and stopping tight ends, and Kittle is one of the best.
Containing George Kittle will contain a lot of San Francisco’s offense in the process. The Wisconsin native is a fantastic offensive weapon for the 49ers, and his presence opens up more offensive channels for the 49ers. Coming off of their bout with the Baltimore Ravens, a team famous for utilizing tight ends, the Browns should look for more of the same in Week 5.
Joe Schobert and Mack Wilson will have a lot on their plate in hoping to cover and contain Kittle. Steve Wilks was a magician in Week 4, keeping Baltimore’s tight end impact to a minimum. One touchdown for Mark Andrews was the most the Browns allowed to Baltimore’s tight ends. Cleveland was able to cut off Nick Boyle and Hayden Hurst from the offense with only three combined catches, and they should take the same approach with Kittle on Monday night.