We have officially entered October and we are celebrating the season's second month with another edition NFL betting picks for Monday Night Football!
The San Francisco 49ers (3-0), which are one of just three undefeated teams heading into this weekend, will host the Cleveland Browns (2-2) at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
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Browns vs. 49ers - MNF Picks And Predictions Week 5
The undefeated 49ers are five-point favorites over Cleveland with the total currently sitting at 47 points at SugarHouse Sportsbook.
After the line opened with the Browns as smaller underdogs, that spread has increased as the week has progressed to a larger number than at most other sports betting sites in PA and NJ.
Browns Betting Preview Week 3
The Browns came into this season with huge expectations, and remain somewhat of a mystery. In two home games, Cleveland was outplayed in losses while they've found pretty convincing victories in both road games. Another road test aways this week for a team that is 2-2 against the spread.
San Francisco is excellent against the pass, so we can expect the Browns to go back to the run game with Nick Chubb, who totaled 165 yards and three scores on 20 carries against the Ravens. Despite last week's result, Cleveland's level of play hasn't matched the hype and so far bettors don't see anything changing this week.
49ers Betting Preview Week 5
To this point, San Francisco has handled business against lesser teams to get to 3-0 (2-1 against the spread) but readies to face its biggest test of the young season on Monday night. The 49ers have the benefit of coming off their bye week and having extra time to prepare for a slightly underwhelming Browns offense.
Also in their favor, the Niners rank second in overall defense according to DVOA stats at Football Outsiders and should make things tough on the visiting Browns. Add in Kyle Shanahan having the extra time to get Jimmy Garoppolo ready for a banged-up Browns defense, and all signs point to 4-0 for the home team.
Week 5 Browns vs. Niners MNF Betting Pick
It makes all the sense in the world that the home team coming off a bye would have all the advantages heading into Monday night's game. One thing the early season has reminded us, however, is that the NFL can be wildly unpredictable.
Despite there not being an overwhelming number of wagers on the Browns, the opening number has shifted all the way to +5 if sports betting at SugarHouse, which is enough points for us to take the road team.
Cleveland was a desperate and hungry on the road last week and I think we see more of the same. The Niners are an interesting, but untested group giving away too many points to a Browns team that bettors remain unconvinced by. Before this line heads back down, grab the road underdog and the points.
Pick: Browns +5 (-114) - Place NFL Bets At SugarHouse PA
Monday Night Football Best Bet For Week 5
With just one game on Monday night, combining a side and the total into a same-game parlay is a popular option. If you're not into making a straight bet on Cleveland or San Francisco and want to take a shot at a higher payout, the SugarHouse NJ app has plenty of parlays for you to choose from.
Based on the predetermined spread and total we lose a half-point with the Browns but gain a half-point on the total. When combined, the Browns covering and the under pays out handsomely at +250. Another to look at would be selecting the 49ers to win the game by 1-6 points (+325) and remain undefeated.