Upswing Dallas Cowboys take on downswing SF Niners

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers Week 4 NFL

A Dallas Cowboys who seem to be hitting their stride are the online football betting favorites against a San Francisco 49ers who appear to have lost their footing on Sunday, October 2nd at Levi’s Stadium. Here are the odds which can be used to place online football bets:

Cowboys -2 (-110) 45½ (-110) -130
49ers +2 (-110) 45½ (-110) +110

The Cowboys (2-1) won their second straight game with rookie Dak Prescott under center, doubling the number of victories Dallas had in 14 games without injured QB Tony Romo over three seasons. Prescott led scoring drives on all four of the Cowboys possessions in the first half and threw his first TD pass – a 17-yard throw to wide receiver Dez Bryant – to beat the Chicago Bears 31-17. Furthermore, Prescott rushed for 36 yards on 4 carries for another score, and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot ran for 140 yards on 30 carries – his first 100-yard career game. RBs Alfred Morris and Lance Dunbar also scored for the Cowboys.

The 49ers dropped their second game in row in a week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Running back Carlos Hyde two scoring runs in the fourth quarter for San Francisco, but the Niners had just five first downs heading into the fourth quarter and missed on their first 10 third-down attempts. Blaine Gabbert finished 14 of 25 for 119 passing yards and one interception in the 18-37 defeat. San Fran is 1-2 following a 27-46 loss to the Carolina Panthers in week 2.

Unlike the previous season, Dallas fans – those who do some online football betting and those who don’t – have nothing to worry without Tony Romo under center. Prescott seems to be increasingly improving with each passing week – and so do the Cowboys. The 23 year old has 99 throws without an interception; the second highest career-opening total for a rookie behind Carson Wentz with 102. On the other hand, Gabbert’s streak of 12 straight games with a touchdown pass ended last week, has thrown three interceptions in the last two weeks, and has been sacked two times in the last three games. Nevertheless, 49ers head coach Chip Kelly has confirmed Gabbert will retain the starting spot. “He’s running our offense well,” Kelly said. The Niners are 30th in passing yards, 11th in rushing yards, and 14th in points per game. You can make of that what you will.

Gabbert and the 49ers might have better luck, though, with the Cowboys’ 22nd-ranked defensive unit, which has given up more than 400 yards twice in the last five games, and an average of 130 rushing yards per game in their last five. Dallas’ offense may not as sharp as usual either; Bryant sustained a hairline fracture in his knee – and you know you’re in trouble when your hairline recedes all the way down to your knees. Contradicting rumors abound as to whether the receiver will or will not play against the Niners – but even if he does, he might not be at a 100%. Regardless, Prescott and the Cowboys are on a roll, and the online football betting odds say they will three in a row for the first time since December 2014.