2. The Right Side of the OL
The 49ers’ right side of their offensive line has been quite a weak point. Considering the Cowboys easily dominated Washington’s right side, this could be a huge advantage for Dallas.
San Francisco OL Daniel Brunskill is a very curious case. He seems to consistently do amazingly against one of the best defenders in the league, Aaron Donald. Oddly, he’s incredibly inconsistent otherwise.
Brunskill’s overall PFF grade is a meager 62.2, yet he’s allowed zero sacks to his quarterback when facing Donald. He might just be one of those players who steps up his game when the competition is strong.
Next to him is second-stringer Tom Compton. Compton has played roughly half of the snaps that Brunskill has (573) and has allowed four sacks. If the Cowboys throw rookie linebacker Micah Parsons against the 49ers’ right side, Compton and Brunskill will seriously struggle to keep Jimmy Garoppolo upright based on the mismatch advantage (remember the Washington game a few weeks back?).
Even if 49ers fans want to argue that Compton and Brunskill have been better than expected, they can’t expect that to translate into being able to stop a strong Cowboys defensive line under a big spotlight. Between Neville Gallimore, Randy Gregory, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Micah Parsons, I see big-time trouble for San Fran’s offensive line.