After Week 3, Dallas Cowboys fans had to be stunned; their 2-0 team, which had demolished the Giants and the Jets to start the season, went to the desert and got routed by a retread quarterback (Joshua Dobbs) and a journeyman tailback (James Conner). They did right the ship in Week 4, handing Bill Belichick the worst defeat in his head coaching career, a 38-3 thumping of the New England Patriots. Now comes a trip to San Francisco, where the 49ers represent the first elite opponent that Dallas faces this season. The Cowboys will rely heavily on cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the wake of the season-ending injury to Trevon Diggs. One way that the 49ers could exploit Gilmore is to have his man running crossing routes across the field; if he ends up having to chase Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel, this could turn into a long day. Don’t miss the Cowboys vs 49ers SNF to win Big this weekend!
Week 5 Cowboys vs 49ers SNF Betting Odds: Can the Cowboys get a win against the team that has ended their last two postseasons? We’ll see. In the meantime, check out our sports betting preview of the game.
When: Sunday Night Football, October 8, 2023, 8:20 pm ET
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Radio: Westwood One
Live Stream: Hulu
NFL Odds: San Francisco -4 / O/U 45 // Dallas +158 / San Francisco -190
Why should you bet on the Dallas Cowboys?
Dallas got two defensive touchdowns (a scoop-and-score by linebacker Leighton Vander Esch and a pick-six by cornerback Deron Bland, starting in the place of Diggs), getting three turnovers and three sacks on the day. Their defense leads the NFL in points permitted (10.3 per game), and they are second in total defense (259.8 yards permitted per game). The defense is aggressive and opportunistic, which has paid dividends against everyone except the Cardinals, who took advantage of players who were getting a little too aggressive (and a little too cocky).
The offense also clicked as Dak Prescott found CeeDee Lamb for a touchdown in the first quarter. Tight end Jake Ferguson led all Dallas receivers with 77 yards on seven catches. The fact that Dallas wasn’t able to do more in the passing game came down to the injuries on the offensive line, which made it easier for the Patriots’ defense to clog holes and pressure Prescott. If you like Dallas here, you not only like their defense to shut down Brock Purdy, but you also like their O-line to do a better job in the running game and pass protection.
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Why should you put your money on the San Franscisco 49ers?
San Francisco enters this week with a perfect 4-0 score after they handled the Arizona Cardinals last week, 35-16. Christian McCaffrey ran for three touchdowns in the first half and added a fourth after the intermission, leading all ball carriers with 106 yards. He also caught seven passes for 71 more yards. Brock Purdy finished an impressive 20 of 21 for 283 yards, setting the franchise record for pass completion percentage in a single game. He threw for one touchdown and ran for another.
The 49ers’ defense permitted 362 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Dobbs was able to throw for 265 yards. The offense currently sits third in the NFL with 31.3 yards per game, and they pick up 398 yards per game, second in the league. The defense ranks third in fewest points permitted (14.6). The 49ers have covered in both of their home games this season – and now have a nine-game winning streak against the spread at Levi’s Stadium. They have covered in each of their last two games against Dallas, both postseason games.
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Cowboys vs 49ers SNF Final Score and Prediction
It’s hard to see Dallas getting much down on offense against a stout San Francisco defense, and it’s also hard to see the soft middle of the Dallas defense stopping Christian McCafffrey. Once he exposes that area, the Cowboys may deploy another player or two into the box, which will allow Purdy to expose their secondary. I predict a final score of San Francisco 27, Dallas 16.
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