Coming off a bye week, the San Francisco 49ers (3-0), one of only three teams ranked in the top-10 in offense and defense, enter Week 5 leading its division for the first time since 2012.
Cleveland's offense has yet to explode, but it could be on the verge of breaking out after a dominant Week 4. If it's able to do that, would there really be any better time for it than Monday Night Football?
Here are four things to watch for in Monday's showdown between two of the NFL's brightest young teams:
Will Mayfield flourish or be flustered against the 49ers' pass rush?
Mayfield's numbers in the Browns' last prime-time outing -- a 20-13 Week 3 road loss to the Rams -- were average (18-of-36, 195 yards, TD, INT), and you can bet almost anything he'll be looking to avenge that night. In order to do that, Mayfield will have to find a consistent rhythm, one that does not match the seesawing levels of success he's had so far.
Mayfield currently possesses the longest active streak of games with at least one touchdown pass (17), but also has the longest streak with an interception (5), per NFL Research. In fact, Mayfield has thrown exactly one TD pass through the first four games, and has tallied six picks (tied for second-most in the NFL).
His 1,147 passing yards and 286.8 YPG average, good enough for eighth- and seventh-best in the NFL, respectively, has kept him among the best statistically, but an area that will allow him to push his way higher up that list is his quick decision-making.
According to Next Gen Stats, Mayfield has seen less pressures and enjoyed a higher completion percentage (74.1), TD-to-INT ratio (3-2) and passer rating (99.1) when he's had 2.5 seconds or less to throw, compared to having 2.5-plus seconds (48.8 rate, 1-4 ratio, 62.3 passer rating).
The Niners pass rush, led by rookie defensive end Nick Bosa, has pressured 33.3 percent of QB dropbacks, the fifth-best in the league. Already a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate, Bosa has pressured QBs a league-best 18.3 percent of pass rushes.
When it boils down to it, Cleveland's success will likely come down to Mayfield's trigger being quicker than the Niners' ability to get off the ball.
Garoppolo and Co.'s big opportunity in first prime-time game
Quick: Which QB has the second-longest game streak throwing at least one TD (10) or pick (3)? That would be Jimmy Garoppolo.
While his 739 passing yards (58-of-84) and 246.3 YPG haven't set the world ablaze, he ranks in the top-10 in completion percentage (69.0) and has five TDs and four picks. He's also averaging 8.8 yards per pass, tying his career-high.
You could argue the competition hasn't been stellar -- their opponents have a combined 3-12 record -- but he's still beaten who's on the schedule. Against a still-emerging Browns defense, "MNF" will bring Garoppolo his first formidable test.
Should Browns operate through Nick Chubb over their star-studded receivers?
Chubb is breathing rare air after his 20-carry, 165-yard, 3-TD day versus Baltimore.
His 398 rushing yards -- the fourth-most in the NFL -- through the first four games make him the only Browns running back not named Jim Brown to register such numbers in that stretch.
In 2019, Chubb has tallied the most rushes of 10 yards or more (11) and is tied for the second-most carries (78). He's also tied for the third-most rushing TDs with four, proving he can be a true workhorse.
Chubb has been on a tear, but he'll have his work cut out for him against a San Francisco frontline that hasn't surrendered a rushing TD or allowed any RB to eclipse 75 or more yards.
Given that Mayfield's passer rating with Landry (51.1) and OBJ (70.6) already ranks in the top-5 worst among QB-pass catcher duos, though, this could be a make-or-break game.
Can San Francisco's O-line contain Myles Garrett?
Garoppolo has tasted turf just twice, but DE Myles Garrett is 1B on the short list of premier pass rushers.
Garrett has already totaled six sacks, making him the only player with six-plus sacks in each of the last three years.
As much of a force as Garrett is, he's not the only one getting to QBs; Cleveland has 14 sacks on the year.