Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49ers: Eight Staff Game Predictions
Michael Vu, Senior Contributor
Prediction: I’m not buying Chip Kelly’s offense with Blaine Gabbert as the starting quarterback. I don’t buy Kelly’s offense at all, as a matter of fact. The Dallas Cowboys defense isn’t great, but this is a nice test for a below average team.
Gabbert owns a 68.6 quarterback rating. He has three touchdowns and three interceptions. Expect the cornerbacks to play well, especially Morris Claiborne.
Carlos Hyde has a 3.9 rushing average, which I think the Cowboys can manage by playing more aggressive since the QB play isn’t great.
I don’t think this is Chicago Bears-type donut game. Chip Kelly is 1-2 and has a lot to prove. I just don’t think he’ll do it against this Cowboys offense resurged by Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and now offensive lineman Ronald Leary.
This might be a bold statement, but I don’t believe Kelly’s system fits in the NFL realm. The Cowboys will own the time of possession and tailor a great game plan on both sides of the ball to take care of this win.
Dallas will stand at 3-1. I was close on my prediction last week — calling a Cowboys win over the Bears 27-17. I was off by four points. I feel good about my score for this game, regardless of the west coast travel.
(Here is proof I called the score out last week.)
Final Score: Dallas Cowboys 31, San Francisco 49ers 20