San Francisco 49ers (3-7)
Dallas Cowboys (6-4)
The 49ers travel south this week to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. The 49ers and Cowboys have had memorable match ups in the past and this Sunday will be no different. Tony Romo’s recent returned from his pinkie finger injury vaulted the Cowboys past the Redskins last week and are staying above water in the NFC playoff hunt. The 49ers are in second place, although 3-7 L , and have no chance of making the playoffs but are looking to build on their recent win against the Rams. The 49ers scored a season high of 35 points last week and will need the same offensive performance from Shaun Hill if they want to pull off the win on the road. It will be tough because the 49ers D will have its hands full with Marion Barber, T.O., Roy Williams, and Jason Witten. With Romo back in the lineup the Cowboys have more confidence in what the offense can run. If the 49ers defense forces three and outs and cause at least two turnovers the 49ers will be in position to pull out a win in the fourth quarter. This also depends on which 49ers offense shows up this week. Mike Martz will pull out all the stops as the 49ers had a big offensive performance last week with Frank Gore running for 106 yards and two touchdowns. A heavy dose of pass and run that wears down the Cowboys defense will mean success.
Call me crazy but I am feeling an upset this week by the 49ers. The 49ers have a swagger after two straight weeks of playing solid football and they now know what it takes to win a game. The 49ers problem has been finishing a game. This might be where the Cowboys pull off the win to avoid the upset. But you have to believe Mike Singletary has corrected and even perfected the way the 49ers close out a game and get a win.
Fantasy Studs of the Game:
Marion Barber: (125 rushing yards, 1 TD; 45 receiving yards, 1 TD)
Barber will give the 49ers D a tough match up with his running and receiving. Virtually all offenses have had success against the 49ers D this season so expect more of the same from Barber.
Shaun Hill (225 yards passing, 3 TD’s)
Hill goes off this week against a good Cowboys defense. I envision Martz coming up with some new plays showing off abilities of Hill we have not seen yet.