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49ers-Cowboys odds: Dallas installed as early road favorite

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How will the public come down on this one?

The San Francisco 49ers face an old rival later this week when the Dallas Cowboys come to town. The teams had a strong rivalry in the 70s and 90s, but it has petered out over the past 15 years due to one team or the other being pretty awful.

Shortly after the Cowboys finished off their 31-17 Sunday Night Football win over the Chicago Bears, sportsbooks started releasing their Week 4 lines. We’re still waiting on a lot of lines, but a few sportsbooks have installed the 49ers as a 2.5-point underdog at home against the Cowboys. The point total is set at 44.

The line has not seen any change yet, but it will be interesting to see how the public gets in on this one. The 49ers were crushed by the Seahawks, and their defense is on a rough run the last two games. The Cowboys dominated the Chicago Bears at home, jumping out to a 17-0 lead and cruising to victory. That followed a Week 2 win on the road against Washington.

Coming off a bad loss in Seattle, it would not surprise me to see the public invest in the Cowboys. If the line moves up to a field goal or more that could change, but at 2.5 points, I could see people thinking it’s a good deal. I’m struggling with what to make of the 49ers in light of this spread. On the one hand, they are not as bad as what we saw in Seattle. On the other hand, given the defensive struggles, I’m concerned with what Dak Prescot, Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and that big offensive line will be able to do against them.

The 49ers offense needs turnovers to have any sort of consistent success, and even then, it can be ugly. If the Cowboys jump out to a two score lead like the Seahawks did, we could see a repeat of the past two weeks. Yes, the 49ers managed to turn the Panthers game into a one score deficit briefly, but without several turnovers, that game could have been a whole lot uglier. What will we see this Sunday against the Cowboys?