Cowboys Face 49ers In San Francisco
By: Dave Consolazio
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The Dallas Cowboys will be looking for their first win of the season Sunday afternoon when they visit the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park.
Dallas is currently listed as a 3-point road favorite on the Don Best odds screen. Sunday’s game will start at 4:05 p.m. (ET).
San Francisco (1-0) kicked the Jim Harbaugh era off on the right foot last weekend with a win over their division rival Seattle Seahawks. The final score of 33-17 made the game look a little easier than it was, as the 49ers were only up 19-17 with under four minutes to go; but two straight kick returns by Ted Ginn Jr. (one on a kickoff, one on a punt) broke the game open and allowed San Francisco to cover as a 6-point favorite.
For the 49ers to have success this week against Dallas and beyond, they will need production from Alex Smith and Frank Gore on offense. Smith was efficient and mistake-free Sunday with 15 completions on 20 attempts, but it equated to only 124 passing yards with no touchdowns (though he did rush for one touchdown). Gore had a very disappointing day with just 59 yards on 22 rushes.
To keep up with Dallas’s high-powered offense, both will have to take their game to the next level this week.
Dallas (0-1) is coming off of an extremely frustrating loss. They became the first team in Cowboys history to lose a game that they led by 14 in the fourth quarter, giving up 17 unanswered points in the final 12 minutes.
Tony Romo’s 23-for-36, 342 yard, two touchdown day looks great on paper, especially against an elite New York Jets defense; but a late interception (his only one of the game) on an extremely ill-advised throw gave the Jets their game-winning field goal, and became the story of the game.
Dallas did cover the spread as a 6-point underdog.
Romo will be fine and has proven to be a steady producer at quarterback; the bigger question moving forward is whether or not Felix Jones can handle the load of being the full-time feature back in Dallas. He managed only 44 yards on 17 carries last week.
If recent trends are any indication, the ‘over’ could be a popular play on the total in this one. Both teams went ‘over’ last week, and dating back to last season, the total has now gone ‘over’ in 13 of Dallas’ last 14 games and five of San Francisco’s last six. And in five meetings since 2000 between these two teams, the total has gone ‘over’ in every one.
The total is currently listed at 42 ½.
For Dallas, wideout Dez Bryant (quad) is questionable for Sunday’s game and cornerback Terrance Newman (groin) is doubtful. Safety Dashon Goldson is questionable for San Francisco.