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San Francisco 49ers Embarrass the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football

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It may be time to start taking the San Francisco 49ers seriously as a legitimate contender to make a run this season.

San Francisco came out of their Week 4 bye with a vengeance on Monday, blowing out the Cleveland Browns by a score of 31-3.

In doing so, the Niners joined the New England Patriots as the only undefeated team left through five weeks of the season.

Jimmy Garoppolo may be the face of franchise, but an underrated aspect to their success so far this season has been San Francisco’s defense. The most points that they have allowed so far this year has been 20.

On Monday, the defense put forth it’s best effort yet, stifling the Browns offense and holding them to only a field goal.

Nick Bosa became the star of the night for the Niners, after sacking Baker Mayfield twice and getting to him for five quarterback hits.

Bosa also forced and a recovered a fumble as well, showing that he is going to be a problem for offenses in this league just like his brother Joey is for the Chargers.

While Bosa is in his rookie season and just making his first trip around the NFL, he did bring some beef into this game that dates back to his college days at Ohio State.

Bosa was on the Buckeyes team that lost to Oklahoma during Baker Mayfield’s Heisman season two years ago, when the quarterback infamously planted an OU flag at the center of Ohio State’s field.

On Monday, Bosa got revenge and mimicked that flag planting himself, after taking out Mayfield with another hit.

After the game, Bosa did not shy away from commenting on his disdain for Mayfield. He openly mocked him and talked about how much his team’s defense had the second-year quarterback rattled.

While the 49ers are now sitting pretty at 4-0, the Browns are a whole different story after losing for the third time this season.

Luckily for Cleveland, no one is running away with their division, as the Baltimore Ravens sit atop with a 3-2 record.

Still, the Browns were coming off a dominate performance against Baltimore last week that put them in first place tied with the Ravens. They probably thought the win was a turning point of the their season, only to lose in embarrassing fashion a week later.

The road doesn’t get any easier for the Browns, with the Seattle Seahawks coming to town on Sunday, before they have to travel to Gillette Stadium to play Tom Brady and the New England Patriots the following week.

By the time they make it out of that stretch, the season could be a real uphill climb for the most hyped Cleveland Browns team in years.

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Marcus Peters Traded From the Rams to the Ravens Prior to Jalen Ramsey Deal

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When the Los Angeles Rams announced that they had traded their starting cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens, it did not make much sense.

Fellow Rams cornerback Aquib Talib was just placed on the injured reserve list, leaving a big hole in their secondary.

The assumption from everyone was that a Jalen Ramsey trade may be in the works, bringing the Rams the top cornerback in the NFL. And those assumptions proved to be accurate when Ramsey was traded to L.A. not long after Peters was sent away.

Now the Rams get to replace a corner that was struggling in their system, with one of the best player’s in the NFL.

While the Rams clearly got better through this assortment of moves, that does not mean that Peters is a washed player. He has two interceptions this year and at 26 years old, the two-time Pro Bowler can return to old form.

Peters also joins an already talented and deep secondary, as Baltimore tries to capitalize on their weak division and make a run at a Super Bowl.

Since all it took to acquire Peters was a backup linebacker and an undisclosed draft pick, this trade was a no-brainer for the Ravens to make.

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Jalen Ramsey Gets His Wish, Traded to the L.A. Rams

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The game of chicken that has been going on between the Jaguars and Jalen Ramsey is finally over, as Jacksonville has ceded to his demands for a trade.

Ramsey will now head to the defending NFC Champions, the Los Angeles Rams, while the Jaguars will recoup a huge haul of draft picks.

The Rams continue to make win-now moves, in hopes of winning a Super Bowl sooner rather than later. They no longer have a first round pick for the next five years after making this move.

It is a risky gamble to go without that level of draft capital for an extended period of time, especially in a salary cap sport like the NFL.

The Rams now have to pay Ramsey top dollar to remain in Los Angeles, after already paying Aaron Donald, Jared Goff and Todd Gurley in previous offseasons.

How they make all that money work is going to be a difficult task, but the on-field result is going to be great. Especially this year.

You can make the argument that the Rams now have the best two defensive players in the NFL, or at least the league’s top corner and top pass rusher.

Being able to thrive on multiple levels of the defense can once again turn the Rams into a Super Bowl contender.

The Rams have really hid the skids over the last month, dropping three straight games after starting the season 3-0. Two of those games have come against division rivals, as the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have beat them in back-to-back weeks.

Both of those teams have already won five games, with the Seahawks being 5-1 and the Niners being 5-0.

Ramsey could be the spark plug the Rams desperately needed to reset their season and make another Super Bowl run.

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Green Bay Packers Kick Game-Winning Field Goal to Steal MNF Win From Lions

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The Detroit Lions can’t seem to catch a break this season.

After starting the year 2-0-1, the Lions played a great game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, but ultimately lost when Patrick Mahomes led his team to a touchdown in the last minute.

Then on Monday Night Football, Detroit nearly led the game wire-to-wire against their division rival, the Green Bay Packers, before Aaron Rodgers engineered a game-winning drive of his own.

The Lions scored the game’s first 13 points, before allowing the Packers back into the game to end the first half. With just over seven minutes remaining in the first half, Green Bay scored it’s first touchdown.

They then kicked a field goal before halftime, cutting the Lions lead to 13-10.

Detroit would extend their lead once again though, kicking three field goals compared to one by Green Bay, to carve out a 22-13 lead with just over 12 minutes left in the game.

Rodgers would score the first touchdown for either side in the second half, capping off a long drive with a great pass to Allen Lazard for a 35-yard touchdown.

Lazard is a great story, as he was signed by the Packers off the Jaguars practice squad last year. He was eventually placed on the Packers practice squad too, but earned a promotion to the active roster and had a big impact on Monday.

He led Green Bay with four catches and 65 yards, while picking up the first touchdown of his career.

The Packers ended up getting the ball back and would make the most of it, kicking a walk-off field goal to win.

While the Packers won this game with a comeback, what everyone is going to be talking about is the officiating that gave them that opportunity.

In both of Green Bay’s last two scoring drives, they were bailed out on failed third downs when a penalty flag was thrown to extend those drives.

Each of the penalties was called on Lions stud edge rusher Trey Flowers, as the referees called illegal hands to the face on No. 90.

You can see that Flowers never touched the face of either lineman on those plays as they were blatant missed calls by the refs.

What makes those calls worse is that the Packers linemen who were protecting Rodgers were actually the one’s using putting their hands in the face of the Lions pass rush.

If those flags aren’t thrown, the Packers would have to convert fourth downs to keep those drives alive, instead of being handed first downs.

After the game, the media met up with Flowers to ask him about those calls. Flowers was very careful not to say anything about the officiating that would get him fined by the NFL, but his face really says it all.

On the other hand, the Packers gladly accepted those officiating gaffes, as it helped them advance to 5-1 on the season.

The Packers will face a well-rested Raiders on a short week, as Oakland is coming off a bye.

Meanwhile the Lions will play another division rival, returning home to face the Minnesota Vikings.

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