3. San Francisco Scores Fewer Than 21 Points
This one is bold because San Francisco has scored 30+ points in all of its games so far. The 49ers are averaging 31.3 points per game (third in NFL) and are coming off their highest output of the season after hanging 35 points on the Arizona Cardinals.
Kyle Shanahan's offense has been a machine and looks totally unstoppable. We've already covered Purdy and his sudden emergence as an elite quarterback, but Christian McCaffrey scored 4 touchdowns last week and is already getting some MVP buzz. Throw in Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk, and the 49ers can beat you in a lot of different ways.
Or can they? They've been running over teams like the New York Giant, Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals, all of whom are average or below average defensively. San Francisco hasn't faced a defense anywhere close to Dallas' caliber.
This Cowboys unit is going to give Purdy major problems and disrupt the 49ers' offense. Meanwhile, Dallas will likely play conservatively with lots of Pollard runs and short passes from Prescott. This will turn the game into a grind and keep the ball out of San Francisco's hands.
The 49ers will have to settle for punts and field goals, resulting in their lowest-scoring game of the year thus far. We're giving up just 10.3 points per game, after all, and have allowed more than 10 points only once this season.
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