Cowboys vs Niners preview:
The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers will lock horns on Sunday in what has all the makings of a playoff mismatch. But if the Jacksonville Jaguars have shown us anything, it’s that assuming is never a good idea when it comes to the postseason. Can the Cowboys do the unthinkable after their huge win over the Bucs?
Cowboys vs Niners game info:
- Location: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA
- Time: Sunday, January 22nd at 6:30 p.m. ET
- Channel: FOX
Cowboys vs Niners betting stats:
- Spread: SF -4
- Moneyline: SF (-195), DAL (+165)
- Over/Under: 46
Cowboys vs Niners Preview
If this game feels like it’s unlocked a core memory, that’s because it probably has. Eagles fans watched on with glee as the Cowboys fumbled a potential Divisional Round berth last year, falling to the future NFC Champs in a 23-17 loss.
The joy hasn’t stopped there for Eagles fans. Dallas looked dreadful in a week 18 loss to the Washington Commanders, although they did rebound in a big way against Brady and the Bucs, stomping out their playoff hopes with a 31-14 win.
Their opponents this time should present a very different challenge. The Cowboys failed to score early against the Bucs and their kicker somehow missed four XP attempts. Despite this, their defense held strong and limited Tampa Bay to minimal first-half yardage. The Niners, meanwhile, have become one of the most dominant defenses in the entire league, ranking 2nd in the NFL in opposing yards per game.
Stunningly, their quarterback has been nothing short of excellent, too. Brock Purdy has captured the hearts of casual fans everywhere after throwing a hat-trick of touchdown passes in a big-time 41-23 playoff win over Seattle, the rookie’s first-ever taste of playoff action.
The Cowboys defense is a top-ten unit in most metrics, but has looked vulnerable in recent weeks. Gardner Minshew, Sam Howell, and even Joshua Dobbs ripped up the supposedly ruthless Dallas defense. If there is ever an offense that’s going to expose a potential fraudulent unit, it’s one as quick and deceptive as that of San Francisco.
The worry here for Cowboys fans is that if they can’t run the ball, things will get out of hand quick. The Niners have plenty of speed and versatility in their offense and a quarterback who seems ready for any occasion. If they escape out to an early lead, can Dak really rely on the likes of Noah Brown should CeeDee Lamb be blanketed?
Cowboys vs Niners betting pick
This game is a little too close for me on the spread, but I think the Niners offense will run rampant here and expose the Cowboys. Back the over.
San Francisco 35 – 21 Dallas Cowboys
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