What happened? What’s next? – July 2018

first_imgYou’re busy: milking cows, managing employees, making hay. In our regular conversations with our team of editorial advisers, we learned they not only wanted a recap of dairy news, but they were seeking brief insights into how that news might impact their dairy business going forward. With that in mind, Progressive Dairyman is launching this column: What happened? What’s next? In recognition of your time, we’ll attempt to summarize recent events or actions making dairy headlines and reported in our weekly digital newsletter, Progressive Dairyman-Extra.advertisementadvertisementThen we’ll seek out experts and sources putting that news into perspective and, most importantly, briefly describe how it might affect you.Fluid milk, labeling What happened?Fluid milk sales are in the news – a lot. Whole and flavored whole milk varieties were again the only categories to post year-over-year sales gains in May. At 3.9 billion pounds, overall sales of packaged conventional and organic fluid milk were down 3.2 percent compared to the same month a year earlier.What’s next?U.S. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said his agency will soon begin enforcing regulations that define milk as an animal product, not a plant-based food. After acknowledging “an almond doesn’t lactate,” Gottlieb said the agency will seek public input as a prelude to enforcing existing regulations on dairy labeling standards.advertisementThe FDA was scheduled to hold a public hearing in late July on a wide range of food labeling issues.“After years of inaction in response to our complaints about these labeling violations, Dr. Gottlieb’s announcement that the agency is intending to act on this issue is very encouraging,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). “The marketing of non-dairy imitators must comply with federal standards of identity, and consumers should not be misled that these products have the same nutrition as real milk, yogurt, cheese and other actual dairy products.”In preparation for the FDA hearing, the American Dairy Coalition (ADC) has rolled out a new initiative – the Protecting Milk Integrity Initiative – to advocate on behalf of dairy. And leaders of several state Farm Bureaus met Gottlieb to express displeasure with the lack of enforcement for labeling of imitation dairy products using the term “milk.”Separately, the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB) launched “You Can Always Count on Milk,” a new $16 million advertising initiative aimed at millennial families throughout California.MPP-Dairy payments, by stateWhat happened?As of July 11, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) processed about $155.3 million in year-to-date indemnity payments issued under the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). By state, top MPP-Dairy recipients were (Table 1): Wisconsin – $36.8 million; New York – $15.4 million; Minnesota – $15.1 million; Pennsylvania – $13.1 million; and Michigan – $8.5 million. Among other states, producers in California received $7.1 million; Idaho received $2.5 million; and Texas received $2.3 million.advertisementWhat’s next?The FSA will update state-by-state payment totals monthly. As of Progressive Dairyman’s deadline, MPP-Dairy margins have been calculated for milk marketed through May, with indemnity payments assured for February through May for any producers with coverage at $7, $7.50 and $8 per hundredweight (cwt). June MPP-Dairy margins will be announced on July 30.Based on milk and feed futures prices as of July 16, the Program on Dairy Markets and Policy and the USDA’s Margin Protection Program Decision Tool project monthly MPP-Dairy margins could climb above $7 per cwt for June, perhaps to $7.50 per cwt. However, based on current futures prices, margins are then expected to weaken again in July and August to $7 per cwt or lower and not surpass $8 per cwt until October.LGM-Dairy participants on outsideWhat happened?One group of dairy farmers, those who enrolled in a separate Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy (LGM-Dairy), won’t see any of those MPP-Dairy payments, even though MPP-Dairy program changes may have been made after they made other risk management decisions.Published reports estimate up to 400 U.S. dairy farmers who had purchased LGM-Dairy policies for 2018 are blocked from participating in MPP-Dairy.One of those is Mike Dominy, who operates a 400-cow dairy at Alto in southeastern Texas. He estimates his decision to purchase coverage under LGM-Dairy, prior to Congress making MPP-Dairy changes, has cost him about $25,000.Dominy is disappointed in the bureaucratic shuffle that doesn’t seem to be able to help.“I have beat this horse to the top,” said Dominy, who contacted other dairy media, the USDA, his milk marketing organization and his congressman. “You get passed around 14 times, but they can’t help you.”Read Dominy’s story at State MMP-Dairy payments listed; LGM-Dairy participates on outside.What’s next?Progressive Dairyman reached out to the USDA and received the following statement from the Risk Management Agency:“The Agricultural Act of 2014 prohibits producers from participating in both programs at the same time. RMA and FSA worked together to find a solution to allow producers to transition over to the MPP program once they completed all active marketings under the LGM Dairy program to comply with the Agricultural Act of 2014 (refer to MGR-18-002).Producers needed to enroll in MPP-Dairy, and coverage begins once all of the targeted marketings are completed under the LGM-Dairy program. LGM-Dairy agreements are legal binding contracts between approved insurance providers and the insured.”Dominy has been told the 2018 Farm Bill will offer producers the opportunity to participate in both MPP-Dairy and LGM-Dairy.“I don’t care what’s in the next farm bill, I’m worried about right now; 2018, not 2019,” he said. “It’s a total, ridiculous injustice.”Dominy wants to hear from other dairy farmers in the same situation. He can be reached via phone at (936) 676-4931.   Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade sails along Laguna Madre

first_img RelatedONLINE ONLY: Boat parade moved upSpecial to the PRESS The Port Isabel – South Padre Island Christmas Lighted Boat Parade has been moved up due to weather concerns. Originally scheduled to occur on Sunday evening, the parade will now take place on Saturday, Dec. 17. Boats will still depart from Southpoint Marina in Port Isabel…December 16, 2016In “News”Route altered for annual PI Boat ParadeBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Update: The story read that the Lighted Boat Parade takes place on Nov. 6. The parade is actually on Dec. 6. The Press regrets the error. Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com For 27 years the Annual Lighted Boat Parade, hosted by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, has…December 4, 2014In “News”South Padre Island kicks off holiday eventsBy CONSTANCIO MARTINEZ, JR. Special to the PRESS On Friday, December 6, the City of South Padre Island welcomes the public as they kick off the holiday season with their Christmas Tree Lighting, at SPI City Hall from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. After the Tree Lighting ceremony, the 31st…December 6, 2019In “News” Share By BEN CHRISTENSENUnderstated and a little late, the 24th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade was no less charming for it, and about a dozen spectacularly lit boats steamed by the old Point off Port Isabel at 7:35 pm.Despite the later start than the advertised 6:00 p.m. weighing of anchors, the boats queued up at White Sands Restaurant and Marina and by 6:30 p.m. a flurry of fireworks signaled the commencement. Mariners who participated were graced Saturday night with fair winds and calm seas in a rather dark, moonless night. Nevertheless, clear skies provided nearly perfect weather, with temperatures in the 70s.For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Dec. 6 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press. last_img read more

Hamilton: I’m a much better team player – Hamilton pledges no repeat of Rosberg F1 feud with Bottas

first_imgMONTMELO, Spain (AP):Given how dominant the two Mercedes cars have been in Formula One this season, it seems the only thing that could stop the Silver Arrows at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix might be another outbreak of infighting.Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton have swept the top two spots at the first four races of the year, and Mercedes have also won the Spanish GP in all but one of the last five seasons. The only time it didn’t happen during that span was in 2016, when Hamilton and then teammate Nico Rosberg collided on the opening lap on the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit – one of several incidents during a season-long feud between the two.Bottas now looks like the only real threat to Hamilton winning a sixth F1 title, as he leads his British teammate by one point after the two earned two wins each so far. Hamilton, though, said the two are determined to avoid another flare-up of in-house rivalry and have agreed to not put the team at risk.“There are things that happen in the background that you won’t know, and I don’t really feel this is the place to talk about it,” Hamilton said yesterday at the Mercedes motorhome. “But what is really important is that we have pulled together as a team. We’ve discussed it and, hopefully, rectified it … . As for what happened before (with Rosberg), an individual just continued to go down that route. But that is not what we have here. We have a great energy with the team, the respect is there. We have an agreed rule set so that we do finish the race one-two.”Even so, Hamilton said if Bottas wanted to overtake him, he would have to earn it.“Yes. It is going to be close and tight, and there is always tension when you want to beat someone else,” Hamilton said. “We will not be touching, that’s for sure. But in terms of giving up positions, that will not happen again.”And at age 34, Hamilton said his maturity is also helping create more harmony within the team.“Naturally, it is three years later, so I have grown a lot since then,” Hamilton said. “I am a lot stronger person outside the car, as well as inside the car. I am much better at knowing how to manage personal relationships, and understanding how to work with people. I think I am a much better team player than I have ever been in my career.”Hamilton won in Spain in 2014 and the past two years, while Rosberg took it in 2015. Ferrari may have to break that streak, though, if it wants to get involved in the title race. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is already 35 points behind in the standings, but is hoping a new engine could help close the gap.The Ferraris were the fastest cars at preseason testing on this same track in the winter, only to see Mercedes jump ahead once the real racing began.“I know we are behind, but at this point of the year, it doesn’t matter by how much. It’s quite straightforward: we need to start scoring more points,” Vettel said. “The later we start doing that, the worse it looks.”last_img read more

Gamecock Athletes Receive Stipend

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:20027803acd36ea99c452023 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-68930-4423144860001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Just in time for the weekend, Gamecock athletes received their first cost of attendance stipend. Steve Spurrier says each athlete will receive $400 a month and he hopes his players will use the money wisely. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

Twins Snap Skid With Tuesday Win

first_img 1/1 About Connatix V56490 1080p HD Auto (360p) The Twins and White Sox will meet again Wednesday night in Minneapolis. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. on WJON.MN Twins On CameoGetty ImagesThe Twins on CameoA number of Minnesota professional athletes will record a greeting to be sent to you, a friend or a loved one… for a price. Over 40 current and former Minnesota Vikings, Twins and Timberwolves players are on Cameo, a website that offers fans the opportunity to purchase a video message from athletes and celebrities for varying prices.Here’s a look at the Minnesota Twins who are currently available on Cameo and the price it will take to hire them to record your message.Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoDevin Smeltzer – $15Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoNelson Cruz – $100Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoLewis Thorpe – $10. Aussie prospect. Triumph BooksMN Twins On CameoDick Bremer – $50Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoChuck Knoblauch – $40. World Series hero and multi-time All Star with a checkered post-baseball runGetty ImagesMN Twins On CameoMatt Garza – $25. Debuted in 2006, Traded to Tampa in ’07. Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoDenard Span – $25Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoBrent Rooker – $20. Twins prospect, has not yet played in MLB. Getty ImagesMN Twins On CameoChris Colabello – $35. Remember him? He played seven years of Indy ball before landing with the Twins in 2012 720p HDcenter_img Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip The Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 Tuesday night at Target Field to snap a six-game losing skid. The Twins are now 21-16 on the season and 1.5 games out of first place in the American League Central.Twins outfielder Byron Buxton returned from the injured list to rob a home run in the sixth inning and plate the winning run with a RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.Minnesota starting pitcher Michael Pineda made his season debut after serving a suspension. After allowing two runs in the top of the first inning, Pineda settled down to pitch six solid innings. About Connatix V56490 360plast_img read more

QPR linked with Argentine defender

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook QPR want Inter Milan central defender Matias Silvestre, Sky Italia claim.Sampdoria and Genoa are also said to be interested in the 29-year-old Argentine, who spent last season on loan at Inter’s rivals AC Milan.Chelsea and QPR have both been linked with Marseille’s Ghana international midfielder Andre Ayew.AdChoices广告French newspaper L’Equipe say Rangers are set for talks over a possible deal for the player, with Marseille looking to sell him for around £6.3m.Ghanascoccernet.com suggest the Lique 1 club’s president Vincent Labrune is in London to offer Ayew to a number of clubs, including Chelsea.The Evening Standard say Fernando Torres is set to join AC Milan on loan if the Italian club can agree a deal with Chelsea for his wages, reported to be £180,000 a week.Torres has been linked with a move to MilanMeanwhile, Italian media reports continue to suggest that Milan are also interested in Blues midfielder Marco van Ginkel.And Bremen-based newspaper Kreiszeitung Syke reports that Werder Bremen have ended their interest in Fulham’s Bryan Ruiz because of financial restrictions.The Bundesliga outfit’s general manager Thomas Eichin is quoted as saying: “It’s impossible to sign him. The club is determined to keep up with the financial consolidation.“That is why we are not talking about signing new players, we are just out for further departures.”For more transfer speculation, including QPR being linked with Liverpool’s Jack Robinson, see Tuesday’s Paper Talk.last_img read more

Engine defect crosses the line Walter Swede’s team’s chances to climb…

first_imgAmong the participants was also the only Latvian representative – 19-year-old Valters Zviedris, this year representing the Lithuanian team “DHL / Čapkauskas Racing”, which in 2019 won the title of Baltic and Northern European Zone (NEZ) champion. This time, together with Valters, the youngest years of Tita Čapkauskas, the 18-year-old son of the team owner Ramūnas Čapkauskas, and only 17-year-old but talented Henrikas Mtijošaitis, who already has some experience in car rally, and experienced Audrius Stasiulevičius, started as Valters. They had a Cupra TCR-DSG at their disposal. A total of four TCR-class cars of this fast-growing world highway were entered in the TCR class – two Cupras and two VW Golfs TCR-SEQ.Valters proved in Thursday’s training that he is the fastest among the team members, and was one second faster than Henrikas Matijošaitis and two seconds faster than the other two team members. In multi-hour competitions, there is also some competition within the team, because everyone drives the same car, and thus whoever is the fastest in training also acquires the right to represent the team both in qualifying races and to stand on the start field and start the competition. In both training and qualification, Walter showed stable lap times in the Top 10 and competed for 2nd place in the TCR race, because the Noker Team TCR Golf with sequential gearbox was always a second faster than our and other teams’ TCR cars.The qualification ended in 10th place, which gave Walter a place in the fifth row at the start. Walter successfully started the race and did well in his first one-hour shift, or, as it is called in a multi-hour race, a “stint”. The other team members also kept a good pace, and the team was around 10-12 all the time. place among 28 starting cars and fought for 2-3 places in TCR class with “Lesta Racing Team” and “Sauda by GSR” teams. Unfortunately, at the end of the 4th hour, when the team owner Ramūnas Čapkauskas’ 18-year-old son Titas Čapkauskas was behind the wheel, our team’s Cupra car engine had an irreparable defect – one of the crankshaft cranks was broken, which broke a gap in the engine block. Unfortunately, this crossed the line for a good chance of climbing the podium in the TCR test. Walter’s face was quite disappointing, as he was already dressed and fully prepared for his second “stint” and even got in and fastened in the car to continue the race, but then the mechanics announced the sad news that the engine was permanently damaged and therefore the race is over. out of the box.By now, all the frustration of quitting has been overcome and Walter has already managed to run one digital race, participating in the Finnish Formula 4 digital cup on the Botniaring track, where he won 4th and 5th place in 12 races, respectively. This Wednesday, regular tests with an Audi RS3 LMS TCR car will be held on the Pärnu track, with the aim to better prepare for the NEZ6h endurance race, the first stage of which is scheduled for this auto24ring.ee Estonian race track in the middle of August.This year, Valters also plans to start in two NEZ6H endurance races in Pärnu and Riga, as well as in the Finnish and NEZ championships with Legend Cars. The first stage of this year’s Finnish Championship, which was scheduled for 1 August on the new, newly opened Kymi Ring track near the city of Kuwait, is unfortunately being canceled due to restrictions on assembly in Finland. Therefore, now the first stage is planned for 22-23. August Botniaring track, located in northern Finland – Jurva. Also, next year we will definitely try to start again in Palanga to rehabilitate this year’s failure!The information was prepared by:Aigars Zviedris / V. Swedish manager /last_img read more

“I’m proud to say I’m from Essequibo” – Heyliger

first_imgCanadian based Guyanese cricketer Dillon Heyliger is one of the contemporary athletes who are benefactors of a now globalised sporting world. The 28-year-old Essequibian, recently snapped up by the Montreal Tigers to play in the inaugural Global T20 Canada league, is thrilled and eager to rub shoulders with some of the headline names in the sport.“I’m very much excited and privileged to be a part of the inaugural Global T20 tournament,” Heyliger told Stabroek Sports in an interview.The break, which he described as a “dream come true,” and one for which he will share with his son when he becomes of age, is quite momentous, Heyliger explained. “It gives me the opportunity to interact, play and mingle with the international players, and you can also learn from them, which inspires me to work on myself and generally to improve my game,” he added.The genesis of his earlier playing days saw him representing Guyana at all the junior levels, including once with a Guyana Under-15 team during a tour to England.He was also a member of the National T20 squad without getting a game. Those inclusions and experiences have helped to equip him with the ideal temperament suited for the shortest form of the game. He possesses the ability to hit a long ball while his efforts with the ball are also very useful. Those attributes, however, will be brought to the fore and tested in the near future and will determine if his improved game can take him beyond the Global Canadian T20 league.“I’ve been working a lot, and with my coach Henry over the winter, which has been helping me to understand a bit more of my game… putting in a lot gives you success, and I mean hard work gives you success and people start to see you, and you get to the bigger table,” he disclosed.Taking things off the field, to his credit, Heyliger has also been a talisman for the talent in Essequibo, most of whom will be cheering for him when the tournament commences. Against that backdrop, and seeing the waves his fellow countryman Keemo Paul has been creating, Heyliger hopes his strides can inspire more youngsters from his hometown to believe and strive for greatness.“Coming from Essequibo, I see this as a big motivation for the young ones who are coming up. I’m always proud of saying I’m from Essequibo, and to come out this far and achieve this success; it’s good for young kids to see it.“If I can do it, anyone can. It’s the success I’m reaping from my hard work, and it doesn’t matter which part of the world you go, once you put in the hard work you’ll get the success.” To put into perspective, the magnitude of the tournament, here are the names of some of the high profile players he will be playing with, and against: Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Mohammad Hafeez, David Miller, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Tim Southee and the suspended Australian duo of David Warner and Steve Smith.last_img read more

Football not as important as health

first_img“Health is far more important that football”. Those were the sombre words of Terrence Mitchell, President of the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA) in relation to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Mitchell, who also holds the portfolio of Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Committee Member, echoed these sentiments during an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sport yesterday.He stated, “We need health to be restored, we need to follow the procedures so we can eventually get back to normalcy. Football is not as important as health. Once health is restored football can play, if we don’t get healthy players and fans then the sport is in shambles. We need to return the situation to normalcy and fix it in terms of health.”Mitchell further declared, “We will have a setback and the longer the situation persists the worst the setback will be for football. If we can get out of this situation soon, the less we will have to eventually deal with. We are looking to get out of this soon, not just for football but more importantly for the general public. Health is a universal language and is across all spectrums, if we have to shut down football for health, then so be it.” According to Mitchell, the present situation and the eventual recovery will provide an expected setback for the discipline, as funding through corporate sponsorship might prove elusive, with companies attempting to recover from the financial losses incurred.“They will be a setback for football, the sponsors will have financial issues and be reluctant as they are rebuilding. We have to wait and see how it goes from here”, he added. The UDFA has issued a blanket lockdown of the sport in the region, following a declaration from local governing body, the GFF. The federation’s decision came on the heels of local confederation CONCACAF, and world governing body FIFA’s move to suspend all competitions and programs in an effort to thwart the spread of the virus. Mitchell expounded, “There has been a total shutdown and the current situation has had a big impact on the whole nation, a rippling effect and everyone is suffering in the same way and there is no timeline for the recovery.” He revealed that the clubs under the umbrella of the association has been briefed on the ongoing situation, revealing that the entity maintains constant communication with the requisite individuals and clubs.“We have spoken to them and let them know the situation based on the directives of the health community which the UDFA and the GFF is operating from. These are directives you have to follow from the Ministry of Public Health and the WHO”, he added. Mitchell further disclosed, “Everyone and all the clubs know what they have to do, we are in constant communications with them as the communication channels are open. One for the executive and one for the general clubs and we tell them to do what the authorities and the health community says to do.”last_img read more

Free NFL picks, predictions for Browns vs. 49ers on ‘Monday Night Football’

first_imgWhen they are watching this game, the lovable loser they should be focused on is the 49ers. Do they have all the big names, and the flashy sophomore quarterback? No, they don’t. What they do have, is an exceptional head coach and a team full of names that you might not know are uber talented. I think everyone is sleeping on this team.I picked them to make the playoffs before the season started and, in order for them to do that, they win games like this one on Monday night.NFL pick: San Francisco 49ers -4 @ -105 Are the Browns a playoff team?That is a question that is too hard to answer at the moment. However, I shade my answer to “no.” I was lower on them coming into the year than the rest of the world and their Super Bowl champion fever. I decided to pump the brakes and make them prove they can finish above .500 before I made them AFC champions. So, what is this team after the first month of the season? They are a 2-2 football team that is tied for the lead in the AFC North. Winning as much as you lose is not impressive to me, granted it’s a small sample size. MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook ReviewThe strength of this team is the defense. We knew coming into the season this would be the case and so far that opinion has held. They are currently ranked eighth in defensive DVOA, which is one of the better analytical ratings to gauge a team’s overall offense or defense. The defense is stacked with talent which should be what guides this team should they make the playoffs. On the other side of the ball, the offense has had a bit of a rocky start. This is an offensive that has a ridiculous amount of talent at skill positions. It is not a stretch to say the best skill position players in the league and worthy of an NFL pick. QB Baker Mayfield has struggled a bit this year, call it the sophomore slump. He looked more dynamic and accurate in his breakout rookie season. This team’s success in the end, is predicated on how well he plays this year. This week the Browns play a 49ers team that has gotten out to a fast start. Can Baker Mayfield lead this team to a win on Monday night?Are the 49ers as good as their 3-0 start indicates?It’s too early to answer that question. I have a season win total over ticket in my pocket for the 49ers, so I was a believer of this team going into the year. The analytics love this team. They are currently ranked 2nd in defense and 6th in offensive DVOA. That is really good for a team that had a ton of questions surrounding them coming into the 2019 season. What has been most impressive about this team through the first month of the season, has been the average play of Jimmy G. 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has just 739 yards with 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions through the first month of the season. That is a disappointing start for him considering how good I believe him to be.MORE: Full betting preview for 49ers vs. BrownsEven with the average play of Jimmy G, the 49ers are still a top-10 offense. The passing game might be average thus far, but the two headed monster of Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert running the football has been effective against opposing defenses. Those two running backs combined with weapons like TE George Kittle, among others, put this team in a position to start the year 4-0 for the first time in a while.But the defense has been the story for this team so far. I didn’t see any prognosticators waxing poetic about how the San Francisco 49ers would have a top-three defense this season. Will it hold up? Probably not; I don’t think they will finish the season second in DVOA. That is a really tough ask. They don’t have to, though. If Garoppolo can put the issues he has had this season behind him, all they need is a top-10 defense to go on a run. Will we see the 49ers make the playoffs?Browns vs. 49ers predictionThe eyes of the sports world will be on this game this week. The entire country has fallen in love with the Browns because they love an underdog story, and they think this team is better than I do.  Cleveland Browns vs. San Francisco 49ers betting guideMonday, Oct. 7, 2019 — 8:15 p.m. ETOpening line: San Francisco -3 (-119)last_img read more