Monday Night Football 2019 Schedule: Where to Watch Cleveland Browns vs. San Francisco 49ers, TV Channel, Live Stream, Odds

History looms large for the 49ers when they return from an early bye to host the Cleveland Browns in San Francisco on Monday Night Football.

At 3-0, the 49ers have made their best start to the season in 21 years and could move to 4-0 for the first time since 1990, when they raced to a 10-0 start led by Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.

Looking that far ahead may be unwise for San Francisco, but optimism in the Bay Area is rightly growing after a promising start. The 49ers began the season as a 5/1 shot to win a first NFC West title since 2012 but are now second-favorite at 2/1, just behind the Los Angeles Rams.

The Rams lost 30-29 in Seattle on Thursday Night Football, sliding to 3-2, while the Seahawks improved to 4-1 and blew the division wide open.

The 49ers' blistering start to the season is even more remarkable considering Jimmy Garoppolo is yet to rediscover the form he showed before rupturing his ACL last season.

The former New England patriots quarterback has completed 58 of his 84 passes so far this season, throwing for 739 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions.

While the figures may be relatively modest, Garoppolo could become only the sixth quarterback since 1990 to win 12 of his first 14 home starts in the NFL.

His Browns counterpart, Baker Mayfield, has also endured a difficult start to the season. The second-year quarterback has completed 82 of his 139 passes, throwing for 1,147 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions.

Mayfield has struggled behind a porous offensive line but there were signs of improvement in Week 4, as he passed for 342 yards and a touchdown as the Browns won 40-25 in Baltimore and finally lived up to the hype.

During the offseason, much was made of the offensive weapons the Browns have surrounded Mayfield with—namely Odell Beckham Jr.

Cleveland, however, began the season with two losses in the first three games, both of which came at home—against Tennessee in Week 1 and against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3.

The win in Baltimore last week offered a glimpse of what the Browns can do and, more importantly, moved Cleveland joint-top of the AFC North alongside the Ravens at 2-2.

"We know how good we can be," Mayfield was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

"That's the frustrating part about how we started. We just need to do our job and that's what guys did this week."

Here's all you need to know ahead of Monday.

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns
Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns attempts a pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on September 29 in Baltimore, Maryland. Scott Taetsch/Getty

When and where is the game?

The San Francisco 49ers host the Cleveland Browns at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Monday, October 7.

Kick-off is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast nationally by ESPN.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via ESPN's digital platform, WatchESPN and the ESPN app.


The 49ers sit at 3-0 and return to action after a bye in Week 4, while the Browns are 2-2 after winning 40-25 in Baltimore.

Series record

Cleveland has the upper hand in the series, which it leads 18-9. The Browns have won four of the past five meetings against the 49ers, including the last matchup between the two—a 24-10 in Cleveland in December 2015.

San Francisco last hosted the Browns in October 2011, winning 20-10.


According to Oddschecker, the 49ers are 3.5-point favorite and are 19/20 favorite to win and cover the spread, while the Browns are 41/25 underdogs.

The over/under bar in terms of points scored is set at 33.

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