The San Francisco 49ers will look for their first win of the season when they host the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:05 EST on Sunday, October 22 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The game will be available on Fox in local markets.
Oddsmakers have the Cowboys as 6-point road favorites against the winless 49ers. The over/under for the game is 47 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 7 betting odds and links to more game previews.
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Dallas has struggled this season to replicate last year’s success. Offensively, the Cowboys have performed well, but the same can’t be said about the Dallas defense, which has been one of the worst in the NFL. As a result, the Cowboys being 2-3 heading into Week 7.
The good news is that Anthony Hitchens and Sean Lee will play together for the first time this week. That should help a defense that has allowed 35 points in each of their last two games. There’s also been a delay in Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, and so he will continue to be the team’s most important offensive player.
Meanwhile, the 49ers remain in search of their first win. Of course, you can’t say that San Francisco hasn’t at least kept things competitive this year. Five of their six losses this season have come by three points or less, so it feels like only a matter of time until Kyle Shanahan has his first win as a head coach.
Shanahan has acknowledged that the quarterback has not been San Francisco’s biggest problem this season. Nevertheless, the 49ers will stick with rookie C.J. Beathard under center after he replaced Brian Hoyer last week. Beathard was 19 for 36 for 245 yards against Washington and provided a spark late in the game.
Free NFL Betting Prediction: 49ers +6
The 49ers have endured five straight losses by a field goal or less. I actually think the 49ers have a chance to get their first win this week. But as long as San Francisco’s trend of close losses continues, it’s easy to take the points and lean toward the underdog 49ers.
Even if the Dallas defense is starting to get healthy, that doesn’t guarantee the Cowboys will be better on that side of the ball. Getting beat by Aaron Rodgers is one thing, but the Cowboys have allowed Jared Goff, Trevor Siemian, and the aging Carson Palmer to have big games against them. It’ll take more than a couple players coming back from injury to fix that.
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Beathard had his moments against Washington last week and should be a lot more settled and comfortable playing at home this week. More importantly, the Cowboys have been shredded on the ground in their last couple games. If the 49ers can get a steady ground attack going, it’ll keep Beathard from having to do too much in his first start.
Offensively, the Cowboys should have a distinct advantage, especially with Elliott available to play. However, the Cowboys have also turned the ball over five times in their last two games. Meanwhile, the 49ers have tied or won the turnover battle in their last four games. Forcing turnovers could be a way for San Francisco’s defense to slow down the Cowboys and stay in the game.
The Cowboys may be the better team in this matchup, but questions still linger on the defensive side of the ball. Given San Francisco’s propensity for being in close games, I’ll take my chances with the winless 49ers keeping the game within six points.