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NFL : First Half Matchup
Sunday 9/7/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



SAN FRANCISCO (14 - 5) at DALLAS (8 - 8)
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Week 1 Sunday, 9/7/2014 4:25 PM
Board First Half
SAN FRANCISCO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games14-5+312-68-1124.713.4325.5(5.6)
Road Games8-3+4.38-25-625.213.5325.4(5.6)1.316.66.2301.8(5.1)1.5
Last 3 Games2-1+11-10-321.012.0334.7(5.7)1.317.77.7304.7(5.7)1.0
Turf Games0-2-20-20-210.05.0257.5(5.1)
SAN FRANCISCO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)24.713.418.230:2131-140(4.4)15-2657.7%186(7)58-325(5.6)(13.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.911.219.530:5626-109(4.1)21-3462.5%223(6.6)60-332(5.5)(15.2)
Offense Road Games25.213.518.430:0632-143(4.5)15-2658.1%182(6.9)58-325(5.6)(12.9)
Defense (All Games)17.17.417.629:3925-97(3.9)21-3559.7%218(6.2)60-315(5.2)(18.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.811.319.530:2827-114(4.1)21-3462.0%226(6.7)61-339(5.6)(14.9)
Defense Road Games16.66.216.629:5425-91(3.7)20-3459.5%211(6.2)59-302(5.1)(18.1)
SAN FRANCISCO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.71.7213-537.3%1-049.3%2-58(23.9)17-2(8.9)6-54
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-534.9%1-142.9%3-73(21.2)2-19(8.6)6-55
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.51.4 13-538.3%1-047.3%2-51(22.7)20-2(9)6-56
Stats Against (Road Games) 14-430.7%2-142.9%4-83(21.7)2-12(6)6-58

DALLAS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-8-0.39-79-727.413.5342.2(5.9)
Home Games5-3+1.35-34-432.715.0380.9(6.3)1.526.611.9394.6(6.2)2.1
Last 3 Games1-2-1.71-21-227.316.7397.3(6.6)2.328.08.7365.3(5.7)1.0
Turf Games6-3+2.56-35-431.814.9374.9(6.3)1.426.011.2390.3(6.2)2.0
DALLAS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)27.413.520.329:0221-94(4.5)23-3764.0%248(6.8)58-342(5.9)(12.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.212.620.730:2227-113(4.2)22-3662.3%249(7)63-362(5.8)(14.4)
Offense Home Games32.715.022.030:4821-94(4.6)26-3967.1%287(7.3)60-381(6.3)(11.6)
Defense (All Games)27.011.624.230:5827-128(4.7)25-3964.7%287(7.4)66-415(6.3)(15.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.41220.730:1027-121(4.4)22-3661.6%248(7)63-369(5.8)(15.1)
Defense Home Games26.611.922.729:1226-114(4.4)24-3863.6%281(7.4)64-395(6.2)(14.8)
DALLAS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.61.6213-538.6%1-051.0%3-64(23.8)21-2(10.7)6-51
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-643.3%1-150.0%2-49(20.3)2-21(9.2)7-55
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.71.9 13-539.3%1-048.4%3-63(22.7)18-2(9)6-51
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-645.7%1-145.5%3-53(20.3)3-24(8.6)7-58
Average power rating of opponents played: SAN FRANCISCO 22.1,  DALLAS 19.7
SAN FRANCISCO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/7/2014@ DALLAS            
9/21/2014@ ARIZONA            
10/5/2014KANSAS CITY            

DALLAS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/7/2014SAN FRANCISCO            
9/14/2014@ TENNESSEE            
9/21/2014@ ST LOUIS            
9/28/2014NEW ORLEANS            
SAN FRANCISCO: The Niners remained the most run-heavy offense in the NFL, even in Colin Kaepernick's first full season as a starter. They run a classic power-blocking scheme with a leading fullback, but they also mix in some zone-read stuff to take advantage of Kaepernick's mobility. Veteran Frank Gore is still the lead back, though he might see his workload reduced during the regular season. Kendall Hunter, Marcus Lattimore and rookie Carlos Hyde will battle for playing time behind him. The Niners are just as run-heavy in the red zone, with Gore taking on a huge workload. They got away from using Kaepernick as a runner down near the goal line, as he had only two rushing attempts inside the 10-yard-line last season.
The passing game works off the rushing attack and features plenty of movement for Kaepernick. The 49ers are very aggressive downfield, using Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin facing the line of scrimmage or tight end Vernon Davis exploiting slower defenders down the seam. They figure to run more three-receiver sets this year with Stevie Johnson working out of the slot. The don't use their backs often in the passing game, and fullback Bruce Miller actually led their running backs in both targets and catches last season. When they do throw in the red zone, Davis is the clear-cut No. 1 target. Crabtree, however, could be in for a bigger red-zone role.
The Niners still have a great defense, but there are some concerns. Star ILB NaVorro Bowman (knee) will miss half the year, OLB Aldon Smith could get a six-game suspension, and they have to figure out their cornerback situation. But two hungry veteran leaders remain with inside linebacker Patrick Willis and defensive end Justin Smith.
DALLAS: Offensive line coach Bill Callahan is expected to relinquish play-calling duties to new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan in order to focus on improving the Cowboys' anemic rushing attack. They end up abandoning the run early in many games, as the zone-blocking scheme that Callahan implemented has yet to take hold. DeMarco Murray will take a headlining role again in this backfield, especially in the red zone, and he'll keep that role until his next injury. Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar will fight for scraps.
Linehan ran a pass-happy offense in Detroit, similar to what the Cowboys have run. He's an Air Coryell disciple with a system that uses a lot of top-down reads, looking to take advantage of the deep ball. Dez Bryant is the obvious No. 1 receiver in this offense, and Linehan will likely move him around more than Dallas has done in the past. Tight end Jason Witten provides another chess piece type of weapon to wreak some havoc. Terrance Williams steps in as the No. 2 and will be used primarily as a deep threat. The Cowboys will use two tight ends as often as they go three-wide, meaning third wideout Cole Beasley and second TE Gavin Escobar will essentially split playing time. Dallas was one of the league's most pass-heavy red zone teams last year, a trend that's likely to continue this season. Bryant is the top target near the goal line, with Witten a close second.
Dallas DL coach Rod Marinelli will take over defensive coordinator duties in 2014, hoping to generate more turnovers like he did with the Bears (44 TO in 2012). But the Cowboys still give up tons of yards and will have much fewer sacks after losing both DE DeMarcus Ware (117 career sacks) and DT Jason Hatcher (11 sacks in 2013).
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*49ers-Cowboys Preview* =======================

The San Francisco 49ers have been to three straight NFC title games and the expectation is to take the next step and finally win it all under coach Jim Harbaugh.

The Dallas Cowboys have finished 8-8 in three straight seasons, and it could be an accomplishment to reach that mark in 2014.

Neither of these franchises have been strangers to controversy over the years, and the 49ers head into Sunday's opener at Dallas with the status of defensive tackle Ray McDonald in serious doubt for a unit that is already short-handed.

The build-up to the season took a difficult turn for San Francisco last Friday when star linebacker Aldon Smith was suspended for nine games for what the NFL called violations of the league's substance abuse and personal conduct policies. The defense is already without linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who is on the physically unable to perform list due to a gruesome torn left ACL suffered in last season's NFC championship game loss at Seattle.

The news got worse for the 49ers this past Sunday when McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges. It came only days after Commissioner Roger Goodell cracked down on such offenses with far harsher penalties than the two-game ban he gave to Baltimore running back Ray Rice.

The 49ers have not ruled McDonald out this weekend. Harbaugh said the decision "will be based on information and facts," and Goodell said Wednesday that the NFL is closely watching the case.

"There's two very strong principles in play. No. 1 is we will not tolerate domestic violence. The second principle is the respect for due process," Harbaugh said. "It's something we all know, we all live in America, and we all understand that sometimes patience is required when it comes to due process. ... You're innocent until proven guilty."

General manager Trent Baalke and Harbaugh have spent recent days denouncing such behavior and reiterating their stand for zero tolerance when it comes to domestic violence.

Asked about the 49ers having players arrested an NFL-high 10 times since 2012, Harbaugh said Tuesday that the team is doing "everything in our power to make sure there isn't a pattern forming."

San Francisco has won at least 11 games in each of the last three seasons, going 12-4 last year before winning twice in the postseason and then losing 23-17 to the NFC West rival Seahawks.

The 49ers have averaged 32.3 points in winning all three season openers under Harbaugh, and offensive success can be expected Sunday unless the Cowboys improve their woeful defense from last season.

Dallas allowed a league-worst 415.3 yards per game for the NFL's third-worst mark since the merger in 1970. The franchise's all-time leader in sacks, DeMarcus Ware, has left for Denver while Jason Hatcher, who had a team-high 11 sacks in 2013, is now with Washington.

In addition, rookie defensive end Demarcus Lawrence will miss at least half the season after the second-round pick was placed on the short-term injured list because of a broken right foot.

The Cowboys turned in a winless preseason and even normally confident owner Jerry Jones doesn't sound too thrilled about this year's club.

"I think there is a difference being optimistic and assessing the odds," Jones said. "You've got guys out there, no-name guys. You've got guys out there who retired. You've got guys who are coming back from injury. Man, this is a `to prove' group."

The offense will again revolve around Tony Romo, who was fifth in the NFL in touchdown passes with 31 a year ago but enters his 11th season after back surgery. Romo insists he won't alter how he plays.

"You'd be selling the game short if you think you could control all parts of the game," Romo said. "It's a very physical, fast-flowing game that has humbled the best players who have ever played. There's only one way to play it - all out, all the time."

No team has ever finished 8-8 in four straight years. Dallas entered Week 17 in each of the last three seasons with an 8-7 mark in a winner-take-all contest to capture the NFC East and has fallen to the Giants, Washington and Philadelphia last year. An injured Romo missed the 24-22 defeat to the Eagles.

This marks the second straight year in which Colin Kaepernick begins the season as San Francisco's starting quarterback. He had 21 touchdown passes and four on the ground last year while his 58.4 completion percentage ranked 31st.

The 49ers were third in the NFL in rushing with 137.6 yards per game. Frank Gore was ninth in the league with 1,128 yards as he topped 1,000 for the seventh time in eight seasons.

Romo is 2-0 as a starter against San Francisco with 686 passing yards, five TDs and no interceptions. He played through a broken rib in a 27-24 overtime victory in the last meeting Sept. 18, 2011.

His major target at receiver is Dez Bryant, who finished third in the NFL with 13 TD receptions and had 1,233 yards last season.

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