Cowboys vs 49ers preview and prediction
The Wild Card matchup between the Cowboys and the 49ers will be, well, wild. Both are entertaining teams to watch and will stack up well against each other.
Who ends up on the COVID-19 list may play a huge factor in how the game will go. The virus is going across the NFL like a wildfire and can leave both teams playing shorthanded. The teams are on opposite halves for takeaways but are both relatively average in preventing giveaways.
America’s Team has been getting healthier in terms of injuries, but there has been a bit of a COVID breakout lately. Many of Dallas’ stars, including Tyron Smith and Micah Parsons, missed their Week 18 game against the Eagles due to the virus.
For Dallas to win this matchup, they need to focus on one of their strengths and one of their weaknesses. Continue to force turnovers and make sure the run game is going strong.
Getting the run game going will be a difficult task since the 49ers’ run defense ranks seventh in the league. Taking the ball away could also be a daunting task, with San Fran taking their chances wisely while not giving up many sacks.
The 49ers need to have their offense flying with big plays from Kittle and Samuel. If they can do that and avoid turning the ball over, they can make it a competitive game.
While the Cowboys’ offense will feel the loss of wide receiver Michael Gallup, the team lost four of the nine games the wideout played. Their record without him on the field is 7-1. Maybe the loss of a passing option will make them lean toward the run game more. After all, Dallas had fewer than 100 rushing yards in all their losses.
If the Cowboys can’t get their offense rolling, then one of their star defensive players can make a big play, or even better, take the ball away. Maybe their defense can score a touchdown. After all, they lead the NFL with six defensive scores.
While Dallas should win this matchup, San Francisco just beat the Los Angeles Rams in an intense Week 18 contest. The 49ers have momentum swinging in their favor. Sunday should be a close game.