There’s always something special about when the Cowboys take on the 49ers, given the history between these two historic franchises. Even though both teams have fallen on some hard times, this still remains a match-up loaded with intrigue.
Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has been very good so far for the 2-1 Cowboys. Though he may not have his top receiver in Dez Bryant this week, Prescott has shown an ability to start in this league and certainly get things done with his legs as well. The Niners meanwhile enter with a 1-2 record, with many of their storylines revolving around backup QB Colin Kaepernick continuing to kneel for the American national anthem. San Francisco has battled hard to start the year, enduring tough losses to very good teams in Carolina and Seattle. Dallas is certainly a step down in terms of opposition, so it’ll be interesting to get a more accurate barometer on Chip Kelly’s intriguing squad.
This rivalry is one of the best and read on below for a full breakdown and analysis, as well as your official betting selection for Week 4 of the Niners/Cowboys.
Cowboys vs. 49ers Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys -3 (+110)
@ San Francisco +3 (-130)
Over 44 (-115)
Under 44 (-105)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Cowboys vs. 49ers Pick:
One of the big x-factors entering this game is the status of Dallas wide receiver, Dez Bryant. As of this writing, he’s looking quite unlikely to suit up, but even if he does, the 49ers boast a very impressive secondary. Where San Francisco does have a tendency to struggle is up front, specifically with their pass rush. This should help Prescott, even without Bryant as his main target. On the ground, Ezekiel Elliott has had quite the beginning to his NFL career and he should be able to have another solid game against San Francisco’s stop unit. The 49ers don’t have the best defense right now, and will definitely be focusing on limiting the points on Sunday. Look for a bend, but hopefully don’t break approach from Chip Kelly’s team.
When the Niners have the ball, they’ll need to put some points on the board to keep pace with the Cowboys’ offense. And even though their personnel leaves a lot to be desired, look for Gabbert & company to enjoy some success in Week 4. The Cowboys defense right now is simply horrible, and a bunch of those in their front-seven are nothing more than practice squad players. Blaine Gabbert has done well with what he’s been handed this season, and is quite adept at releasing passes quickly and connecting at short balls that move the chains. Dallas as a group are poor tacklers, and expect a lot of those short passes and runs to turn into big gains.
On the ground, I don’t foresee any way the Cowboys are going to be able to stop Carlos Hyde. They’ve looked awful against the run in their first three games, and Hyde is in really good form right now. Dallas has conceded an average of 4.8 yards per carry, a staggering figure – and Hyde is undoubtedly the best running back Dallas will have seen in 2016. Expect a massive game from Hyde, and look for the Niners to control the tempo and mix things up at will on Sunday.
I think this should be a pretty high-scoring affair, with neither defense being able to get consistent stops. At home, expect an inspired effort from the Niners, especially with wins going to be hard to come by for them this season. They match-up well with the depleted Cowboys, and expect them to keep things tight, and perhaps sneak a late win too. Please note, that the only online book still offering 49ers +3 is Bovada, as most others have moved to +1.5 points. I recommend laying a bit more juice to get on that key number of 3 in this game.
PICK = 49ers +3 (-130)