NFL Sunday Week 15 : Dallas Cowboys vs San Francisco 49ers Prediction and Analysis

Published 12/20/2020, 7:30 AM EST
Dec 8, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) celebrates with quarterback Andy Dalton (14) after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


After a nightmarish 2020 NFL season, Mike McCarthy’s Dallas Cowboys are facing a tough task to keep their playoff hopes alive. The NFC East big boys need a win on Sunday to remain in contention for a spot in the post-season.

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But Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers won’t make things easy for the boys from Dallas. Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 15 Game Day predictions.

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Dallas Cowboys looking to end the season on a positive note

Jerry Jones-owned Dallas Cowboys are currently on a 4-9 record heading into Week 15. After two consecutive losses, the Texas-based franchise got back to winning ways with a 7-30 win over Cincinnati Bengals last week. They will rely on Andy Dalton to lead them in the absence of the injured Dak Prescott.

RB Ezekiel Elliott and S Xavier Woods are both listed as ‘questionable’ for today’s game at the AT&T Stadium. Coach McCarthy will make the decision on their inclusion on Gameday itself. But it will be the Cowboys defense led by DeMarcus Lawrence who will be pivotal in order to secure a win on Sunday.

San Francisco 49ers still without George Kittle heading into Week 15

After reaching the Super Bowl last season, the 2020 NFL season has been one to forget for Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers. They’ve been plagued with injuries to offensive and defensive stars, including but not limited to, QB Jimmy Garoppolo, DE Nick Bosa and star TE George Kittle.

They will need backup QB Nick Mullens to step up and take control like he did in the win over Los Angeles Rams a couple of weeks ago. The 49ers will benefit from the return of Richard Sherman to the starting lineup. Defensive stars Javon Kinlaw, Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw will be crucial for the visitors if they want to return home with a win.

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Dallas – Out

CB Deante Burton – Shoulder

Questionable

RB Ezekiel Elliott – Calf

CB Rashard Robinson – Knee

S Xavier Woods – Groin

San Francisco – Out

C Hroniss Grasu – Knee

WR Deebo Samuel – Hamstring

Questionable

CB Emmanuel Moseley – Hamstring

LB Fred Warner – Stinger

CB K’Waun Williams – Ankle

Cowboys vs 49ers Prediction

Dallas Cowboys 30 – 20 San Francisco 49ers

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Nov 22, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Jaleel Johnson (94) sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

This game is a little too close to call but we reckon that the Cowboys will sneak away with a win this weekend. This is purely down to the fact that they’re playing for a spot in the knockout stage.

The 49ers are in the same boat but with their depleted squad strength and the intense competition in the NFC West, things don’t look favourable for them.

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