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

Andrew Rogers | Updated Aug 08, 2019

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The Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers start their preseasons out with a clash this Saturday at Levi's Stadium.

Dallas
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August 10, 2019, 9:00 PM ET
Levi's Stadium
Pointspread +3.5 -110
Moneyline +157
Over / Under o +37.5
Pointspread -3.5 -110
Moneyline -189
Over / Under u +37.5

They’re two of the most successful franchises in NFL history – but as the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers prepare to face off Saturday night at Levi’s Stadium in their pre-season opener, neither team is being given much of a shot of adding to their Super Bowl championship tally. The Cowboys are currently the 11th favourite to win the title at a whopping +2200, while the up-and-coming 49ers face even longer odds at +3300.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers

Pointspread
  • Dallas Cowboys -110 +3
  • San Francisco 49ers -110 -3

Two factors might have contributed to San Francisco coming in as a 4.5-point favourite: the fact that the 49ers are at home, and that there’s a greater likelihood that they’ll have more talented players on the field longer. These teams met in the opening week of last year’s pre-season docket, with host San Francisco pulling out a 24-21 victory. But don’t sleep on the Cowboys, who won’t have to face menacing linebacker and No. 2 overall pick Nick Bosa (hamstring).

The total of 36 is right where you would expect it to be for an exhibition between two teams not expected to give their starters much burn. But it’s important to remember that 11 of the 16 Week 1 games from last year’s pre-season schedule saw 40 or more points scored, including the meeting between these teams. Dallas went below 40 points in their other three preseason games, while the 49ers saw 40 or more points scored in three of four exhibition tilts.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys’ preseason has taken on added significance – at least, as long as franchise running back Ezekiel Elliott remains embroiled in a contract dispute that has led to him not reporting to the team. The spotlight for Saturday’s game will be on fourth-round rookie running back Tony Pollard, who impressed in camp and should see some early-game work before ceding to others. Pollard could be the No. 1 guy if Elliott doesn’t return for Week 1.

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have running back issues of their own – but theirs are of the injury variety. Jerick McKinnon, who missed the entire 2018 season with an ACL tear, is expected to be shut down with soreness in his knee and might start the season on the injured list. His absence might actually provide some clarity in the 49ers’ RB picture, however, as it would leave Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman to get the majority of the reps. Both might see limited action Saturday.

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