Two squads likely playing well below their pre-season expectations will do battle in Week 15 in an attempt to try and salvage their season.
While the San Francisco 49ers enter with a 5-8 record and virtually no shot of playoff contention, they continue to play hard under Kyle Shanahan. They have had their fair share of injuries to contend with this year, and now that they seem to be getting healthier – improved results have followed. They’ll get another shot to spoil the season of their longtime rivals in Dallas on Sunday.
For the Cowboys, though they enter Week 15 with just a 4-9 record, they still have a slim shot at post-season contention through winning the lowly NFC East. They too have lost many key pieces throughout this season, but have handled it quite poorly. For a team that has invested big money into many of their star ‘talents’, the return has been pretty brutal in 2020.
It will be interesting to see if Dallas can reverse their fortunes late in the season with a manageable schedule. They’ve consistently underperformed this year, but opportunity still exists. Continue reading on beneath the latest odds for more background information on this Niners/Cowboys showdown, as well as another winning wager for Week 15.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys Betting Odds:
San Francisco 49ers -3 (-120)
@ Dallas Cowboys +3 (+100)
Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys Pick:
Though the Niners’ offense looked pretty dreadful last time out vs. Washington, in fairness to them – they were missing a lot of key pieces against a solid stop unit. This week should go a little differently against the porous Cowboys’ defense.
Even though there is no Deebo Samuel for San Francisco, it shouldn’t matter given how depleted Dallas is on defense. Nick Mullens will have all kinds of time and space to operate from within the pocket, and should be able to hit whoever he wants downfield. Dallas’ secondary is likely the worst in the NFL at coverage.
On the ground is where the Niners will likely run the majority of their plays, as the duo of Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. enter in good form. The Cowboys have struggled all season long to stop opposing running games – and look for the Niners to assert their control of the game through a bruising ground attack.
On the other side of the football, Dallas too is battling their fair share of injuries along the offensive line. And though the Niners are without key defensive rushers – they’ll still have their opportunities to rattle Dalton from within the pocket.
There should also be very limited options available for Dalton downfield, which could complicate matters. Though Dallas has great receiving options, the Niners have better corners that won’t allow them much space within the secondary. If Dalton can’t see open targets and is forced to hold ontO the ball for a few seconds longer, it’s a recipe for disaster.
With all of the injury issues on both sides of the ball, it is hard to get a clear read on the game style and flow of this contest. Though Dallas does have something legitimate to play for, this just isn’t a good team right now. They’re poorly coached, they matchup poorly vs. the Niners, and their biggest stars seem disinterested. The Niners will put pressure on Dalton and force him into consistent hurried situations and mistakes, en route to a low scoring victory.