Cowboys vs. 49ers Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 07, 2018

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The 49ers are considered a chic playoff team by many as they closed last season on a five-game winning streak once they installed Jimmy Garoppolo as the starting quarterback.

Dallas
10-6
AT
August 09, 2018, 10:00 PM ET
Levi's Stadium
Pointspread +4 -110
Moneyline +165
Over / Under o +36
Pointspread -4 -110
Moneyline -195
Over / Under u +36

The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers both appear to have bright prospects for the 2018 campaign and they open the pre-season against one another on Thursday night in the Bay area. San Francisco is a slight home favourite.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

This could be the last pre-season as Cowboys coach for Jason Garrett as some believe Garrett could be fired if Dallas misses the playoffs for the second straight year – owner/GM Jerry Jones isn’t exactly known for his patience. Garrett is 12-17 straight up as the Dallas coach in his pre-season career and 10-18-1 against the spread. On the over/under, those games have finished 13-3-3.

It’s the second pre-season as 49ers head coach for Mike Shanahan with his club going 2-2 SU and 3-1 ATS in 2017. San Francisco did host Dallas in Week 7 last regular season and the Cowboys won 40-10. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 147 yards and two scores and had a 72-yard TD reception, while Dak Prescott threw for three touchdowns. You aren’t likely to see them much Thursday. CJ Beathard was the San Francisco quarterback that day as the team had yet to acquire its new superstar, Jimmy Garoppolo.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys’ clear goal in camp is to find trustworthy receivers for Prescott after Dallas waived receiver Dez Bryant and future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten retired this offseason. While the Cowboys might be OK at wideout because they signed free agent Allen Hurns (he may not play Thursday due to a groin injury), drafted Michael Gallup in the third round and Bryant was trending downward, they still don’t have a clear-cut starting tight end among Dalton Schultz, Geoff Swaim, and Blake Jarwin. Ever heard of those guys? Probably not.

San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy G was so impressive in his limited action that he got a huge new extension that made him the highest-paid player in the NFL briefly this offseason. It should be the 49ers debut of new starting running back Jerick McKinnon. Two key defensive players won’t play Thursday in tackle Arik Armstead, a former first-round pick, and cornerback Richard Sherman, the long-time Seattle Seahawks star. Hard to say how much the starters will play, but they did so very little in last year’s preseason opener.

Cowboys vs. 49ers Prediction

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