Cowboys vs. 49ers Betting Guide: Can San Francisco Cover This Spread?

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: CJ Beathard

Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers Betting Odds

  • Spread: 49ers -4.5
  • Over/Under: 36
  • Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET

The 49ers host the Cowboys in one of three Preseason Week 1 matchups on Saturday. Let’s take a look at key storylines for both teams, complete with betting and daily fantasy analysis.

Dallas Cowboys

There’s been plenty of offseason chatter surrounding a Cowboys offense that is apparently experimenting with a new-age idea of attempting to confuse opposing defenses and create mismatches.

Kellen Moore’s primary goal is continuing to develop Dak Prescott, who has helped the Cowboys work as anyone’s idea of an above-average team since entering the league in 2016 while not missing a single start.

  • Wins: 32 (fourth)
  • Points per game: 23.2 (12th)
  • Net yards per pass attempt: 6.37 (12th)
  • Yards per rush: 4.6 (third)
  • Yards per play: 5.54 (ninth)

The only problem is that head coach Jason Garrett (11-20-2 against the spread, -9.3 units) has seemingly gone out of his way to disappoint Cowboys bettors in the preseason.

San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo has helped his offense average an impressive 27.1 points per game over his 10 starts and cracked the 30-point barrier on four separate occasions.

Jimmy G has put up the stats of a pretty great quarterback in this minuscule sample size:

  • Completion rate: 65.5% (13th among 48 quarterbacks with 10-plus starts since 2016)
  • Touchdown rate: 4.8% (14th)
  • QB rating: 97.8 (eighth)
  • Yards per attempt: 8.42 (second)
  • Adjusted yards per attempt: 8.3 (sixth)

Garoppolo has been aided by fantastic play-calling from offensive wizards Josh McDaniels in New England and Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. Still, the 27-year-old is hardly a one-trick pony and has flashed the ability to make plays when things are forced off script.

Jimmy G won’t suit up Saturday, but the 49ers still have competent backup signal callers in CJ Beathard and Nick Mullens.

LEAN: 49ers -4.5

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