Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco 49ers Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/9/2018
Thursday, August 9, 2018
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Levi's Stadium is the venue for the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has San Francisco as 3.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 35. The 49ers were 9-7-0 against the spread last year and their over/under mark was 8-8-0. The Cowboys were 8-7-1 ATS and their over/under record was 6-10-0.
Valuable Dallas Cowboys Betting Trends
The Dallas Cowboys were 6-10-0 against the over/under last season
The Dallas Cowboys were 8-7-1 against the spread last year
Important San Francisco 49ers Betting Trends
The San Francisco 49ers were 8-8-0 against the over/under last season
The San Francisco 49ers were 9-7-0 against the spread last year
Key Dallas Cowboys Injuries
06/15/18 DL David Irving Suspension 4- game suspension (elgible to return 10/7 vs Houston)
Key San Francisco 49ers Injuries
07/03/18 LB Reuben Foster Suspension 2-game suspension (eligible to return 9/23 vs Kansas City)
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Dallas Cowboys ran for 2,170 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 2nd in the league. They ran 480 times, averaging 4.5 yards per rush as a unit. The Cowboys were penalized on offense 97 times for 939 yards last season, which had them 24th in the NFL in penalties. They were 14th in the National Football League in points scored with 354. They ran 1,005 plays last year for 5,311 yards, which ranked them 14th in the NFL in total offense. The Cowboys averaged 5.3 yards per play, which was 14th in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 314 1st downs last season, ranking them 13th overall as an offensive unit. Dak Prescott completed 308 throws while attempting 490 passes for a completion percentage of 62.9% last year. He passed for 3,324 yards. He averaged 10.8 yards per completion and 6.8 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 86.6.
The Cowboys rush defense gave up 403 attempts for 1,664 yards last season, putting them in 8th place in the NFL against the run. They had 107 penalties for 880 yards on defense last year. That placed them 12th in the league. They allowed a score on 31.6% of possessions on defense, which was 10th in the NFL. Dallas was 13th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 332. They gave up a total of 5,089 yards on D, which was 8th in the league. The Cowboys were 11th in yards per play allowed with 5.1. Their pass defense allowed 5.7 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 7th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 371 throws on 559 attempts against the Dallas Cowboys defense last season, ranking them 31st and 22nd in the league. The Dallas pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,425 yards in the air, which was 11th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Dallas Cowboys tried 29 field goals last season and made 22, which was 22nd in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 75.9%. Dallas Cowboys kickers made 92% of their extra points, going 36 for 39 last season. Their punters accumulated 2,908 yards on 66 punts, averaging 44.1 yards per punt. That ranked them 24th in the NFL in punting average. Dallas was 21st in the NFL in punt returns with 31 last year. They totaled 275 punt return yards and averaged 8.9 yards per return, which was 11th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 83 yards. They returned 25 kicks for 620 yards on special teams, placing them 20th in kick return yardage. The Cowboys averaged 24.8 yards per kick return and had a long of 61 yards last season. They were 18th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,391.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The San Francisco 49ers were 20th in the NFL in points scored with 331 last season. They ran 1,058 plays last year for 5,589 yards, which ranked them 12th in the league in total offense. The 49ers averaged 5.3 yards per play, which was 16th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 321 1st downs last year, placing them 11th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground San Francisco ran for 1,664 yards as a team, which ranked 21st in the NFL. They ran 408 times last year, averaging 4.1 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The 49ers were penalized on offense 123 times for 988 yards last season, which had them 4th in the league in penalties. Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 1,560 yards last season. He completed 120 passes on 178 attempts for a completion percentage of 67.4%. His quarterback rating last year was 96.2. He averaged 8.8 yards per pass attempt and 13 yards per completion.
San Francisco was 25th in the league in points allowed on defense with 383 last year. They surrendered a total of 5,625 yards on D, which was 24th in the NFL. The 49ers were ranked 20th in yards per play allowed with 5.3. Their pass defense gave up 6.6 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 26th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 344 passes on 544 attempts against the San Francisco defense last season, placing them 19th and 13th in the National Football League. The San Francisco 49ers pass defense also gave up a total of 3,764 yards through the air, which was 22nd overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 491 attempts for 1,861 yards last year, putting them in 22nd place in the league against the run. The 49ers committed 97 penalties for 791 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 1st in the NFL. They gave up a score on 37.8% of possessions on defense, which was 27th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
San Francisco was ranked 17th in the league in punt returns last season with 34. They accumulated 304 punt return yards and averaged 8.9 yards per return, which was 13th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 39 yards. They returned 31 kicks for 570 yards on special teams, ranking 27th in kick return yardage. The 49ers averaged 18.4 yards per kick return and had a long of 34 yards last year. They were 12th in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,773. The San Francisco 49ers attempted 41 field goals last season and made 39, which was 3rd in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 95.1%. San Francisco kickers made 97% of their extra points, going 28 for 29 last year. Their punters totaled 3,255 yards on 75 punts, averaging 43.4 yards per punt. That placed them 28th in the NFL in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Cowboys/49ers NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the 49ers -3.5
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