The NFL preseason is about to really get going, and our game, Dallas vs. San Francisco, is one of the most intriguing matchups. The game will be broadcast nationally on NFL Network on Sunday at 9:00 P.M ET from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.
Cowboys are the Talk of Training Camp
It should come as no surprise that the Dallas Cowboys are the talk of training camp. The team, sparked by their owner, Jerry Jones, is always eager to nudge themselves into the spotlight but this year, it’s not necessarily for a good thing. The Cowboys star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, is yet to report to camp because he’s not happy with his contract.
Moving forward, I’d say the front office needs to go ahead and give in to his demands. They don’t want another situation like last year’s Le’Veon Bell saga, and the Cowboys don’t have a star back-up to fill the void. Beyond Zeke, Dallas has two rookie running backs — Tony Pollard, a return specialist from Memphis, and Mike Weber, a seventh-round pick from Ohio State — as well as Alfred Morris, a former Pro Bowler whose best years are behind him.
Aside from their running back drama, the Dallas Cowboys did upgrade their offense in other places. Randall Cobb, a 2014 Pro Bowl selection, is the headline acquisition from the offseason, and likely No. 2 behind Amari Cooper, who they traded for last season. Having lost Cole Beasley to free agency, Jason Witten is another notable addition to their offense. Witten came out of retirement this offseason to give Dak Prescott a reliable option underneath.
Jason Garrett talked about his assessment of training camp so far. He has not been pleased thus far.
“We’re way far off as a team. We’re not even close.” But later added: “I don’t think it’s unique only six real practices into training camp. I think that’s where teams are.”
49ers Destined For Improved Season
Of all the teams that make up the National Football League, the San Francisco 49ers are one of the best bets to have an improved 2019 season. Last year, they were dealt a disappointing blow when their star quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, was injured after just three games. They wound up winning four games all season but they weren’t built to overcome Jimmy G’s injury. This year, however, they’re going to bounce back in a big way.
Going into the new season, things are looking up for the 49ers and their fans. Garoppolo is healthy, they made improvements on both sides of the ball, and they have a new regime in charge that’s eager to show everyone that last year was the outlier.
Tevin Coleman, a speedy running back who started 14 games for Atlanta last year, signed a two-year, $10 million deal this offseason and will likely share time behind Jimmy G with Jerick McKinnon, who signed his own mega-deal last year but didn’t appear in any games due to injury. On the other side of the ball, the 49ers were lucky enough to have the second pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, which they used on all-world pass-rusher Nick Bosa from Ohio State.
San Francisco is:
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games.
- 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.