San Francisco 49ers vs. Cleveland Browns: Preview and Predictions

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San Francisco 49ers vs. Cleveland Browns: Preview and Predictions
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The Week 8 matchup of the 49ers (5-1) and the Browns (3-3) has "comebacks" as a part of its storyline.

Braylon Edwards is still questionable, no matter how optimistic Jim Harbaugh is. And let's not forget Peyton Hillis' possible return to the Cleveland backfield. Montario Hardesty has run rather well in Hillis' absence, but it will be good to have the Madden '12 cover boy on the field again.

However, the backfield is one part of the game this weekend that the 49ers will not have to worry about, particularly because the 49ers rushing defense ranks among the best in football. Hardesty is a rather shallow runner, and Hillis is coming back from injury; it all stacks up for San Francisco to have another ho-hum day in the trenches.

What the 49ers do have to worry about is the feeling of a trap game.

San Francisco is 5-1 and in charge of the NFC West, and they are an elite team in the NFC. A team like the Browns have no shot at the win at Candlestick, right?

Unless you let them have that shot, which is what many are afraid of in Week 8.

The Browns offense is mediocre, and their defense is one of the best in the AFC.

Pounding the ball, as Harbaugh would prefer, is the name of the game this weekend for the 49ers, but look for a low-scoring game where Gore and the defense stand out.

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