Dallas Cowboys (2-3) at San Francisco 49ers (0-6)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4:05 pm (Levi's Stadium)
The Line: San Francisco 49ers +6 -- Over/Under: 47 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers meet Sunday in NFL action at Levi's Stadium.
The Dallas Cowboys need a big road victory here to get back to a .500 record and snap a string of back-to-back losses. The Dallas Cowboys have split their last six road games. Dak Prescott is completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 1,192 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Prescott has two or more touchdown passes in four straight games. Dez Byrant and Jason Witten have combined for 493 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Brice Butler has eight receptions. The Dallas Cowboys ground game is averaging 124 yards per contest, and Ezekiel Elliott leads the way with 393 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Dallas is allowing 26.4 points and 339.8 yards per game. Jaylon Smith leads the Dallas Cowboys with 41 tackles, DeMarcus Lawrence has 8.5 sacks and Anthony Brown has one interception.
The San Francisco 49ers are still looking for their first victory of the season after a rough 0-6 start. The San Francisco 49ers haven’t won a home game since last years season opener. C.J. Beathard is completing 52.8 percent of his passes for 245 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Beathard enters this game with 36 career pass attempts under his belt. Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin have combined for 703 receiving yards on 49 catches while George Kittle has 21 receptions. The San Francisco 49ers ground game is averaging 94.8 yards per contest, and Carlos Hyde leads the way with 360 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, San Francisco is allowing 24.3 points and 375.2 yards per game. Ray-Ray Armstrong leads the San Francisco 49ers with 45 tackles, Elvis Dumervil has 3.5 sacks and Jaquiski Tartt has one interception.
The Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The 49ers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in October and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The favorite is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
I know the Dallas Cowboys haven't been the same team they were a year ago, but this line seems a bit low for them coming off a bye and playing a 49ers squad that has yet to win a game and just released its best defensive player. The 49ers are also starting Beathard at quarterback, which I'm not sure helps the offense. The Cowboys have had an extra week to prepare, and they just went toe-to-toe with two potential playoff teams in the Rams and Packers. It's not like the wheels are falling off for Dallas, even if Ezekiel Elliott isn't able to play in this game. There's just a big talent gap and that's not adding in the rest and motivation factor. At this point, winning only hurts the 49ers, as it lowers their draft position. The Cowboys should have little trouble opening this game up.