49ers vs. Cowboys: Week 15 NFL Betting Preview – December 20, 2020

Posted By Staff on December 15, 2020

The San Francisco 49ers (5-8) are  against the Dallas Cowboys (4-9) on Sunday, December 20. The contest’s over/under is set at .

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of December 14, 2020, 2:41 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

49ers vs Cowboys Betting Odds

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Betting the Total (Over/Under)

  • The points total average for 49ers games this season is 47, 1.5 points higher than the over/under for this matchup.
  • The average total for Cowboys games is 53.7 points, 8.2 more than this game’s over/under.
  • San Francisco and its opponents have combined to score more than 45.5 in four games (30.8% of matchups).
  • Dallas’ games have gone over 45.5 points on eight occasions (61.5% of games).
  • These two teams score a combined average of 46 points per game, higher than the total for this matchup by 0.5 points.
  • The Cowboys are the league’s 21st-highest scoring team this season compared to the 20th-ranked 49ers.
  • These two teams allow a combined 54.7 points per game, 9.2 higher than the total for this matchup.
  • San Francisco is the NFL’s 14th-ranked scoring defense while Dallas is the 32nd-ranked.
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49ers Betting Insights

  • San Francisco is 5-8 against the spread.
  • The 49ers are 2-4 ATS when favored by at least 2.5 points.
  • San Francisco’s games have gone under the point total in seven out of 13 outings this season (53.8%).

Cowboys Betting Insights

  • Seven Dallas’ 13 games this year have gone over the point total (53.8% of its outings).
  • Dallas has compiled a 3-10 record against the spread this season.
  • The Cowboys have an ATS record of 1-4 when playing as at least 2.5-point underdogs.

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When the 49ers Have the Ball

  • The average points per game output for the 49ers this season (23.1), is 7.7 fewer than the 30.8 the Cowboys have given up in each contest.
  • When they meet or outpace their scoring average this season, San Francisco is 4-2 and 4-2 against the spread.
  • Dallas is 2-4 overall and 3-3 against the spread this season in games where they allow fewer than 30.8 points.
  • The 49ers offense has averaged 364.7 total yards per game this season, within 13.1 yards of the 377.8 the Cowboys defense has allowed. On average, the 49ers pick up 5.6 yards per play and the Cowboys give up 5.8.
  • When the San Francisco offense puts together a game with at least their 2020 average in yardage, they are 3-3 overall and 3-3 against the spread this season.
  • When the Dallas defense allows less than their season average for total yards, they are 2-3 against the spread and 2-3 overall.
  • The Cowboys have allowed opposing rushing attacks to average 162.7 yards per game, compared to the 109.9 yards the 49ers offense has averaged on the ground.
  • When San Francisco rushers gain at least a combined 109.9 yards this season, they are 4-3 overall and 4-3 against the spread.
  • When Dallas holds opposing teams to 162.7 rushing yards or fewer this year, they are 3-5 against the spread and 4-4 overall.
  • This season, the Cowboys have forced an average of 1.1 turnovers per game, compared to the 1.9 times 49ers have turned the football over in each contest.
  • When San Francisco turns the football over 1.9 times or fewer this season, they are 3-1 overall and 3-1 against the spread.
  • Dallas is 2-1 against the spread and 2-1 overall this season when they force at least 1.1 turnovers in a game.

When the Cowboys Have the Ball

  • The Cowboys put up just one fewer point per game (22.9) than the 49ers surrender (23.9).
  • When Dallas records at least 22.9 points, it is 2-4 against the spread and 4-2 overall.
  • San Francisco has a 4-2 record against the spread and a 4-2 record overall in games when it allows 23.1 points or less.
  • The Cowboys average 56.1 more yards per game (372.2), than the 49ers give up per matchup (316.1). The Cowboys average 5.3 yards per play, while the 49ers allow 5.2 per play.
  • In games San Francisco limits its opponents to 316.1 or fewer yards, it has a 5-3 record ATS and a 5-3 record overall.
  • This season, the Cowboys pile up 110.9 rushing yards per game, just 5.1 more yards per game than the 49ers allow per outing (105.8).
  • Dallas has a 2-5 ATS record and a 3-4 overall record when the team runs for at least 110.9 yards.
  • This season, San Francisco is 3-5 against the spread and 3-5 overall when holding opponents to no more than 105.8 yards on the ground.
  • This year, the Cowboys turn the ball over 1.8 times per game, 0.4 more turnovers per game than the 1.4 the 49ers force on average.
  • Dallas has a 2-3 record against the spread and a 2-3 record overall when it turns the ball over 1.8 times or less.
  • This season, San Francisco has a 3-1 record against the spread and a 3-1 record overall when it forces at least 1.4 turnovers.

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49ers Players to Watch

  • Nick Mullens leads the team with 2,218 passing yards (246.4 yards per game) and has a 65.5% completion percentage this year (190-of-290) while throwing 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in nine games.
  • Raheem Mostert has rushed for 453 yards on 90 attempts (64.7 yards per game) while scoring two touchdowns in seven games. He also averages 22.3 receiving yards per game, grabbing 16 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown.
  • In 13 games in 2020, Jerick McKinnon has rushed for 315 yards on 80 carries (24.2 ypg), with five rushing touchdowns. McKinnon also figures in the passing game, catching 27 passes for 197 (15.2 ypg) while scoring one touchdown.
  • This season, Brandon Aiyuk has 50 catches (on 81 targets) to lead the team with 660 yards (55.0 per game) while scoring four touchdowns in 12 games.
  • Kendrick Bourne has added 489 yards on 39 catches with one touchdown. He has been targeted 63 times and puts up 37.6 receiving yards per game.
  • Deebo Samuel has caught 33 passes on 44 targets for 391 yards and one touchdown, averaging 48.9 yards per game in eight contests.
  • Kerry Hyder has 7.5 sacks to lead the team, and has also racked up eight TFL and 42 tackles over 13 games.
  • Fred Warner has totaled 98 tackles, three TFL, and two interceptions to lead the team in tackles so far this year.
  • Jason Verrett has picked off two passes to lead the team while adding 45 tackles, one TFL, and five passes defended.

Cowboys Players to Watch

  • Andy Dalton has thrown for 1,340 yards while completing 65.5% of his passes (146-of-223), with nine touchdowns and six interceptions in nine games this year (148.9 yards per game).
  • Ezekiel Elliott has racked up a team-high 832 rushing yards (64.0 yards per game) and scored five touchdowns in 13 games. He has tacked on 45 catches for 285 yards (21.9 receiving yards per game) with two receiving touchdowns.
  • Tony Pollard has added 339 rushing yards on 75 carries (26.1 yards per game) with two touchdowns on the ground.
  • This season, Amari Cooper has 80 catches (on 112 targets) to lead the team with 942 yards (72.5 per game) with five touchdowns.
  • CeeDee Lamb has contributed with 61 catches for 742 yards and four touchdowns. He has been targeted 90 times and puts up 57.1 receiving yards per game.
  • Michael Gallup has caught 46 passes on 85 targets for 647 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 49.8 yards per game.
  • Aldon Smith has collected a team-leading five sacks, while adding five TFL and 47 tackles.
  • Jaylon Smith has totaled 124 tackles, five TFL, 1.5 sacks, and one interception so far this season.
  • This season, Darian Thompson leads the team with one interception and has added 36 tackles and one pass defended.

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