At this point, you’ve got to feel for the San Francisco 49ers. They are an unfortunate and unlucky 0-6 team, and with a hungry Dallas Cowboys squad entering the stadium in Week 7, things won’t get any easier for Kyle Shanahan and his young group.
The Niners have lost their first six games, although every single one of them has been by an insanely close margin. That said, they still aren’t doing enough to win games – often leaving their comeback bids until the dying minutes. This week they will make a change at the QB position, bringing in C.J. Beathard instead of Brian Hoyer. That should be an upgrade based off of what was seen last week.
For the 2-3 Cowboys, it’s now or never. Even though this will be a tough road game, it’s one that they must win. Ezekiel Elliott has somehow escaped suspension yet again, so the beast out of the backfield will be a full go, and he’ll look to help him team out as much as he can before he’s likely forced to finally sit his games. This is a very intriguing match-up between two long-time historic rivals. The Cowboys need this, but so do the Niners – and that desperation should make for awesome viewing in the 4:00 EDT hour of the Week 7 slate. Read on below for full game details and an official betting prediction for Niners/Cowboys.
Cowboys vs. 49ers Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys -6 (-115)
@ San Francisco 49ers +6 (-105)
Over 49 (-110)
Under 49 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Cowboys vs. 49ers Pick:
The one area where the Cowboys should hold a decisive advantage over San Francisco in this one is their run game. Even though the blocking hasn’t been the best for Ezekiel Elliott so far this season, a lot of that can be attributed to some injuries along the offensive line. The bye week seems to have healed some key contributors, and look for Zeke to feast on a weak run defense on Sunday afternoon. The Niners have allowed nearly 100 yards rushing to four of their first six opponents, and the only times they didn’t – the opposition was missing their starting running back. Look for Dallas to set the tone with the ground and pound.
That improved run game will open things up mightily for Dak Prescott downfield. The 49ers also possess a pretty putrid secondary, and their corners will have all kinds of trouble with Dallas’ receivers. And with Arik Armstead out along their defensive line – Prescott should enjoy a ton of time and space to pick apart that secondary. Look for the chains to move consistently for the Cowboys and Dez Bryant should be in for a big, breakout game.
With the Niners changing quarterbacks from Brian Hoyer to C.J. Beathard – there’s a lot of uncertainty. That said, Dallas will be welcoming back their top defensive player, Sean Lee – the heart and soul of that stop unit. Lee is a ferocious linebacker and should be able to shut down a lot of what San Francisco and Kyle Shanahan have planned. Expect the Cowboys to also be able to generate some pressure on the untested Beathard. With David Irving coming back – he’ll be able to generate a lot of chaos at the line of scrimmage and really affect the timing of Beathard. Don’t be surprised to see a multiple turnover outing from the rookie.
The ongoing narrative surrounding the Niners is that they’ve lost all of these ridiculously close games – though that isn’t entirely true if you carefully assess the game script. A lot of times they’ve staged miraculous comebacks, making the score appear closer than it actually is or was. This week – don’t expect a close contest. The Niners are a bad football team and the Cowboys have the personnel, talent, and desperation to expose it. Dallas has another gear and now that they are finally healthy and rested, look for them to secure a much-needed comfortable victory.
PICK = Cowboys -6 (-115)