The San Francisco 49ers open their 2014 regular season against the Dallas Cowboys, and there's a chance this one could turn into a high scoring affair. The 49ers will be without NaVorro Bowman, and probably Aldon Smith. And their nose tackle role remains a question mark. On the other side, the Cowboys now see their defense dropping like flies.
Monday evening, Jerry Jones announced that cornerback Orlando Scandrick will miss the first four games due to a PED suspension. Scandrick reportedly drank a cocktail while in Mexico and it contained MDMA ("Molly"). He says it was unknowing, so believe what you want, but either way, he will miss the opener. Scandrick was slated to be one of the Cowboys two starting cornerbacks. He had two interceptions last season, and was one of five defensive players for the Cowboys with a positive grade at PFF.
This loss follows the loss of Demarcus Lawrence to a broken foot last month. Lawrence is expected to miss 8-10 weeks, which is a brutal blow to their pass rush. This followed Sean Lee's torn ACL in OTAs, which ended his season prematurely.
I do still think the 49ers can overcome the losses of Bowman and Smith, although non-49ers fans, and even some 49ers fans, will think I'm just being a homer. That being said, this game could end up a fairly high scoring affair. In spite of what some think of Tony Romo, he is still a quarterback who can put up big numbers and move that offense up and down the field. And the 49ers have done a few things to improve their offense just a little bit. With two defenses missing some key figures, you might want to take the over!