The Dallas Cowboys will open the NFL regular season at AT&T Stadium by taking on the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday September 7th, 2014 at 4:25 PM ET.
The visiting 49ers are 5 ½ point favorites with a total of 50 for this NFC matchup, according to BetOnline Sportsbook
If one there is one thing that we are used to with the Dallas Cowboys is 8-8 finishes and pretty bad defenses. Last year the Dallas Cowboys defense allowed more yards per game than any other team and ranked dead last in the league. You would think that after such a performance there would be moves and additions in order to improve the unit, but you would be wrong. Not only that, they waived all-time sack leader DeMarcus Ware, along with Pro Bowler Jason Hatcher, who had the most sacks by a Cowboys’ defensive tackle in 31 years. Seriously, we might be looking at the worst Dallas Cowboys defense in years.
Offensively however we do find plenty of stability. The Tony Romo-Dez Bryant connection is entering its 5th year and reports from camp tell us just how good Bryant is playing. Running back DeMarco Murray is finally healthy and looks fast; and expectations are high for second-year wide out Terrance Williams for a team that will likely be playing from behind.
On the other side of the ball, and from what we have seen so far in camp and preseason, San Francisco is playing really bad. In two games the 49ers allowed 57 points and scored 3, and looked far from the dominant team from the past three seasons. The right side of the offensive line with guard Joe Looney and tackle Jonathan Martin is struggling.The Alex Boone holdout cannot end soon enough and right tackle Anthony Davis is supposed to be ready for the regular season. There are also reports of players unhappy with the management of the team and the long and severe training sessions.
The Baltimore Ravens marched 80 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown against San Francisco’s starting defense on August 7th and the Broncos kicked a field goal and scored a touchdown on their first two drives last Sunday, with most of the 49ers’ starting defense on the field. Of particular concern, Manning moved the Broncos offense with ease and the 49ers looked confused most of the time.
Quarterback Collin Kaepernick hasn’t had a ton to do with the preseason statistics however. He has, in fact, played in just three drives in two games and all three of them have crossed into opponent territory, but none of them resulted in a touchdown. This year, he will have a healthy Michael Crabtree with whom he has developed certain chemistry in camp, and we also like what we see from rookie running back Carlos Hyde coming in for veteran Frank Gore.
Despite having plenty of question marks at defense the Cowboys enter a year with high expectations. Head coach Jason Garrett will not be allowed another 8-8 season, and will have to rely mainly on his offense. We have not seen anything yet from San Francisco to convince us that they will get on the road and beat the cowboys to cover the spread, but a third preseason game where the starters play most of the snaps will certainly shine some light in this regard. We are inclined towards the Cowboys early, however one thing is sure when two “bad” defenses are involved, and that is plenty of points to go around. Our prediction: Bet the over 50 points at Bovada and Get 50% in bonuses!