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Team Comparison: Previewing 49ers vs. Cowboys

Posted Oct 17, 2017

Everything you need to know heading into the 49ers Week 7 home game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The San Francisco 49ers return home following three-straight road games to host the Dallas Cowboys. The 49ers are looking for a breakthrough while coming off of their fifth-straight loss determined by three points or less. Meanwhile, Dallas is hoping to rebound following two consecutive losses.

Here's a quick breakdown of the 49ers Week 7 matchup.

Series Highlights

The 49ers and Cowboys are tied in the all-time series, 17-17-1.

Week 7 marks the first time since 1996-97 that the Cowboys visit San Francisco in back-to-back seasons. (Oct. 2, 2016)

Notes from Last Week

49ers at Redskins

The 49ers fell to the Washington Redskins after being shut out in the first half. A change at quarterback helped San Francisco rally a near-comeback in their 26-24 loss to the Redskins.

Passing Leaders: C.J. Beathard made his NFL debut midway into the second quarter and completed 19-of-36 passes for 245 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Rushing Leaders: Carlos Hyde rushed for 28 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns. It was his second multi-touchdown game of the season and fifth of his career.

Receiving Leaders: Aldrick Robinson led 49ers receivers with two receptions for 66 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown.

Defensive Leaders: Rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas had his best game of the season with a team-high nine tackles and a sack for a loss of five yards on Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Special Teams Leaders: Trent Taylor returned one punt for a career-long 39 yards.

Cowboys vs. Packers

The Cowboys enter Sunday coming off of their bye week. In Week 5, Dallas fell to the Green Bay Packers late in the game, 35-31. The Cowboys are the second team in NFL history to lose consecutive games at home despite scoring at least 30 points.

Passing Leaders: Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott completed 25-of-36 passes for 251 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for a 105.2 passer rating.

Rushing Leaders: Ezekiel Elliot finished the game with 116 yards on 29 carries.

Receiving Leaders: Tight end Jason Witten caught 8-of-10 targets for 61 yards.

Defensive Leaders: Defensive end David Irving returned from a four-game suspension with five total tackles and two sacks for a loss of 15 yards.

Special Teams Leaders: Twelve of Chris Jones' 20 punts have started opponents inside their own 20-yard line so far this season.

Team Comparisons

49ers Cowboys
0-6 (4th NFCW) Record 2-3(3rd NFCE)
18.8 (25th) Points Per Game 25.0 (9th)
321.3 (20th) Total Offense 356.2 (9th)
94.8 (23rd) Rushing Offense 124.0 (8th)
226.5 (20th) Passing Offense 232.2 (13th)
26:25 (32nd) Possession Average 29:45 (19th)
24.3 (23rd) Points Allowed Per Game 26.4 (29th)
375.2 (28th) Total Defense 339.8 (21st)
112.8 (18th) Rushing Defense 118.0 (22nd)
262.3 (27th) Passing Defense 221.8 (16th)
14 (t-15th) Sacks 16 (t-7th)
4 (t-18th) Interceptions 2 (t-27th)
44.8 (t-19th) Punting Average
43.9 (28th)
1 (t-13th) Turnover Differential -3 (t-25th)

Offensive Comparisons

49ers Cowboys
Passing Yards
Brian Hoyer 1,245 Dak Prescott 1,192
C.J. Beathard 245
Rushing Yards
Carlos Hyde 360 Ezekiel Elliot 393
Matt Breida 141 Dak Prescott 126
Pierre Garçon 33 Jason Witten 27
Carlos Hyde 23 Dez Bryant 21
Receiving Yards
Pierre Garçon 434 Dez Bryant 264
Marquise Goodwin 269 Jason Witten 229

Defensive Comparisons

49ers Cowboys
Ray-Ray Armstrong 2 Anthony Brown 1
Two Players 1 Jourdan Lewis 1
Elvis Dumervil 3.5 Demarcus Lawrence 8.5
Solomon Thomas 2.0 Maliek Collins 2.5

Final Nuggets

  • Carlos Hyde had two rushing touchdowns in Week 6 against the Redskins. He's tied for third in the NFL with four rushing touchdowns.
  • Hyde has 648 rush yards (92.6 per game) and seven touchdowns in past the past seven games at home.
  • As a member of the Denver Broncos, Elvis Dumervil recorded two sacks in his only meeting against the Cowboys. (Oct. 4, 2009)
  • Eric Reid has eight tackles and an interception in his two career meetings against Dallas. Reid aims for his sixth home game in a row with five or more tackles.
  • In his last meeting against Dallas, Rashard Robinson recorded five tackles and three passes defended.
  • K’Waun Williams aims for his third game in a row with a forced fumble.

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