PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 02: Tight end Clay Harbor #82 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a pass in front of defender Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field on October 2, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
The San Francisco 49ers host the Cleveland Browns this weekend. The Week 8 NFL picks and predictions gave a unanimous sweep to the team quarterbacked by Alex Smith, not Colt McCoy.
The San Francisco 49ers have been the most surprising team in the NFL this season while amassing a 5-1 record with hopes of increasing their win total to six against Colt McCoy and the Cleveland Browns. The Week 8 NFL picks and predictions say the 49ers should be able to pull out a victory in Week 8, but it wouldn't be crazy to assume the Niners overlook the Browns as they come off their bye week.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated doesn't see that happening, however, as he lauded the San Francisco defense in his weekly picks column for Sports Illustrated.
The more I see of the Niners, the more respect I have for Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, the best size-speed three-down linebackers playing in tandem today. Cleveland's not only going to struggle to run it against a very good defensive front (Justin Smith is a monster every week), but also won't be able to get around the edge either against Willis and Bowman.
Neither ESPN's panel of experts nor the guys over at CBS Sports picked the Browns to win, either, which probably was not a bad way of thinking considering Peyton Hillis's status for the weekend is still up in the air.
Be sure to visit Odds Shark and our NFL Week 8 Odds StoryStream for more odds and lines in week 8. For more on this game, check out Dawgs By Nature and Niners Nation. Follow all the action from week 8 in the NFL at SB Nation.