At the onset of the 2018 season, San Francisco was hailed as the team of the future. And quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was hailed as the next Joe Montana. However, by season’s end, the 49ers ended up as an NFL bets disaster. Which leads to Saturday’s preseason opener against the visiting Dallas Cowboys. If ever a team would welcome a clean slate it would be San Francisco. First, the 49ers were decimated by injuries last year. Among them were to Garoppolo and feature back Jerick McKinnon. San Francisco made encouraging personnel moves to bolster 2019 hopes.
Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
|Date and Time:||Saturday, August 10, 2019, 9 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California|
|Cowboys vs. 49ers TV Coverage:||NFL Network|
Shanahan and Lynch Confront Impatience
Certainly, the 49ers were likely guilty of reading its own preseason headlines. Head coach Kyle Shanahan was given a pass in 2018. He will now face demands for improvement. Meanwhile, general manager John Lynch has worked to improve team depth. Lack of quality replacements proved to be an NFL bets weakness in 2018. Garoppolo and McKinnon return to the lineup. Shanahan is respected as a top play-caller. Namely, Jordan Matthews arrives from free agency to enhance the receiving corps. Draftees Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd join the unit with Matthews.
On the contrary, Dallas was NFC East Division champion in 2018. And then consider their immense popularity and you get sports betting favorite to repeat as division champions. Of great concern was an offense that struggled to score points. Dallas was carried by a defense that was one of the best in the NFL. To be exact offensive production and personnel will be a key focus in the preseason for the Cowboys.
Players to Watch
Accordingly, top Dallas backup QB Cooper Rush should see action in this one. The third-year pro has a career 42.4 RTG in just two games. Twin running back Draft picks Tony Pollard and Mike Weber should get carries. Counter for San Francisco is QB Nick Mullens (90.8 RTG, 13 TD, 10 INT, 64.2% COMP, 2277 YDS) improved as Garoppolo’s replacement last year. Fellow QB CJ Beathard (81.8 RTG, 1252 YDS, 8 TD, 7 INT) will try to enhance his NFL Bets asset status.
Cowboys and 49ers Against the Spread
The Cowboys are:
- 4-9 against the spread as a preseason road dog
- 4-9-1 under the total as a preseason dog
- 2-2 vs. the line in preseason games with the 49ers
- 1-3 under the total in the preseason against San Francisco
The 49ers are:
- 1-6 against the spread as a preseason home chalk
- 3-7 under the total as a home favorite in exhibition games
- In-home exhibition games with Dallas 1-1 against the spread
- At home in the preseason with Cowboys 1-1 on totals
Cowboys vs. 49ers NFL Bets Picks
On this occasion, we get a 49ers team ready to bury the past. Shanahan and the 49ers want to clear the air with positive vibes. By contrast, Dallas is the more established team and proven contender. In this situation, the 49ers have the intangible advantages for a preseason opener.
Cowboys vs. 49ers NFL Bet Picks: San Francisco 49ers
Cowboys vs. 49ers NFL Bets Score Prediction: 49ers 24 Cowboys 17
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