The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers appear to be heading in different directions. Nonetheless, the two will meet up for a duel in Week 4 of the 2016 NFL season.
Dallas is taking over the football scene as it has now won two games in a row. Even more impressive is that the Cowboys are winning with a rookie quarterback (said rookie quarterback was drafted in the fourth round) and running back. Folks expected Ezekiel Elliott to be this good (perhaps better), but not many people expected Dak Prescott to become a star in Year 1. As a result of Tony Romo going down to an injury, Prescott has emerged at the quarterback position in a big way.
As for the 49ers, they have now lost two games in a row. Over the span of said two games, San Fransisco has allowed a combined 83 points. With that said, the 49ers met up with the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks in their last two battles. For all it’s worth — and it really should be worth something — Carolina was ranked No. 4 in ESPN‘s power rankings for Week 3. Seattle came in at No. 10.
The 49ers will finally get to play at home after traveling on the road in the last two contests, so at least they have that going for them.
Before the Week 4 festivities begin, make sure to check out some bold predictions for the Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers matchup.
Dak Prescott Actually Throws An Interception
Dak Prescott has been tremendous so far in the 2016 NFL season. One of the reasons why he has found so much success is because he has yet to throw an interception. He doesn’t have the most passing touchdowns in the NFL (one), but he takes care of the football.
Eventually, the Mississippi State product has to throw an interception, right? The 49ers are off to a terrible start to the season, but they are at least picking off the opposing team’s quarterback. Currently, they have four interceptions, which is actually tied for fifth-best in the league. That’s not too shabby for a team that only holds a 1-2 record.
Prescott, you have been warned.
Ezekiel Elliott Takes Another Huge Step Forward
Ezekiel Elliott has been a hype machine over the past couple of years. As a result, he was picked No. 4 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. The hype surrounding the 21-year-old has not stopped, though, as he was deemed the sixth-best player in fantasy football by ESPN entering 2016.
Elliott has received some criticism early on in the year, which is crazy talk. After all, Elliott is playing in his rookie season, and he still has the second-most rushing yards in the NFL with 274.
The rookie is coming off of a rather impressive performance. Against the Chicago Bears in Week 3, the Ohio State product went off for 140 rushing yards, and he also averaged 4.7 yards per carry in the process. Look for Elliott to rack up a touchdown or two in Week 4 as well as 100 or more yards on the ground.
San Francisco is allowing 122.7 rushing yards per game, which could lead to a masterful outing for Elliott in Week 4.
Cowboys Have This Game In The Bag At Halftime
If the Cowboys’ young guys continue to play the way they have been playing, then this team could end up going on quite the winning streak. However, life on the road in the NFL can be a nasty place, and Dallas will, of course, have to travel on the road in Week 4.
Nonetheless, bold is the name of the game, and this prediction certainly fits the criteria.
Chip Kelly was brought in by San Francisco for one reason and one reason only — to win football games. He is considered a mastermind on the offensive side of the ball, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if the 49ers made a game out of this one.
Call it a hunch, but Dallas will stay hot in this contest, which will lead to the Cowboys having the lead at the half and never looking back after that.
While Elliott and Prescott are making the headlines, fans can’t forget that the Dallas Cowboys also have weapons like Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Cole Beasley, and Alfred Morris.
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