Cleveland Browns: 5 bold predictions vs San Francisco 49ers
Special teams will be the deciding factor
When two good defenses meet up, one phase of the game becomes even more important, and that’s special teams. This game could easily turn into a low scoring contest and a battle for field position.
Both defenses have been amazing so far this season and both offenses have been inconsistent. Both teams have also been good on special teams.
49ers kicker Robbie Gould is one of the top kickers in the league, going six for eight on field goal attempts this season, with one of those misses coming from over 50 yards.
San Francisco’s punter. Mitch Wishnowsky is a rookie, but he is 27-years-old and a native of Australia. Wishnowsky won the Ray Guy award in college, which is given to the nation’s best punter. He has been good this season, averaging 45 yards per punt.
The Browns have a duo of rookie kickers, Austin Seibert and Jamie Gillan (or the Scottish Hammer as he’s known by fans).
Seibert has only missed one kick so far this season, and it was an extra point. He has made all seven of his field goal attempts.
Gillian has not done much so far except win AFC Special Teams Player of the Month. He has been phenomenal this season, dropping 11 punts inside the 20. Cleveland will need more of that this week if they are struggling to move the ball.
There is no shortage of kicking talent that will be on display, and it may even be the most intriguing matchup of the game.