It's finally upon us. With all the controversies, injuries, and other news out there, this Sunday marks the start of the 49ers regular season. And starting it in Dallas couldn't be a better place. The road to the Super Bowl starts at Jerry Jones' home.
The game on Sunday has many storylines for the Niners and most start on the defensive side of the ball. The defense will be without Aldon Smith and NaVorro Bowman. But will they also be without Ray McDonald? This decision would most likely come from the team rather than the league. The NFL will probably wait to find out exact details of the incident at McDonald's house before making the suspension. Based on what Jim Harbaugh has said, I believe Ray McDonald will play this weekend. He wants the legal system to do its job to find out what happened. If he is out this weekend, the defense will have a different look compared to the unit last year. And they will face a stiff test from Romo and the potent Dallas offense.
While I think the defense could hold Dallas for awhile, the offense will have to put up touchdowns against this terrible Dallas defense. The Cowboys defense from last year was last in most major categories. Even with a bad preseason from the starting Niners offense, I expect them to score 24+ points this Sunday. Dallas could not stop any offense last year and the Niners offense has talent across the board. The running game should have a field day and Kap couldn't pick a better team to catch a rhythm against than this Dallas secondary.
The journey begins. Let it be a great one.
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