Cowboys vs. 49ers Preseason Betting Odds: The Loss of Dez
Betting Odds: Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers (-3.5)
- Dallas Cowboys Moneyline: +165
- San Francisco 49ers Moneyline: -190
- Over/Under: 35
- Kickoff: Aug. 9, 2018 — 10 p.m. ET
The loss of wide receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten leaves quarterback Dak Prescott without the recipients of 22 of his 45 career touchdowns passes. Potential wideout replacements include Allen Hurns, Deonte Thompson and Tavon Austin (seriously), and the Cowboys are expected to rotate their tight ends regardless of who wins the starting job. Rico Gathers might be the most exciting prospect of all the potential replacements: At 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds, the former Baylor basketball player posted a 7-106-2 line on 89 preseason snaps in 2017.
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San Francisco 49ers
All quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has done in seven career starts is average the second-most adjusted yards per pass attempt in NFL history (min. 250 attempts). His pairing with coach Kyle Shanahan is a match made in heaven, but the skill-position pecking order remains murky. Running backs Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida could form the West Coast version of Shanahan’s previous Devonta Freeman-and-Tevin Coleman committee, and at receiver Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin are each vying for Jimmy GQ’s final rose. The preseason also provides a stage for the potential emergence of athletic tight end George Kittle, who averaged 12.1 fantasy PPG in his three fully healthy games with Garoppolo.