The San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys head into the common season with a mix of excessive expectations and quite a few questions that want answering.
The two groups collide in Week 1 of preseason in Santa Clara, California, and speaking factors abound in each camps.
The Cowboys went 10-6 final season, successful the NFC East and returning to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus, earlier than dropping to the Los Angeles Rams within the divisional spherical.
During the offseason, nevertheless, excellent news was skinny on the bottom. Star working again Ezekiel Elliott has not reported to coaching camp as he continues to hunt an improved contract.
ESPN reported on Tuesday that representatives for the working again have instructed the Cowboys Elliott is not going to swimsuit up in Week 1 except he will get a brand new contract.
Aside from Elliott, the Cowboys are additionally engaged on an extension for extensive receiver Amari Cooper and quarterback Dak Prescott.
According to ESPN, the franchise believes it has made “solid offers” to all three gamers.
However, talking on FOX Sports’ Undisputed, three-time Super Bowl champion Shannon Sharpe recommended the Cowboys ought to deal with Elliott firstly.
“Zeke [Elliott] can run you to the Super Bowl,” he stated.
“I’m not making an attempt to attenuate Dak [Prescott], or Amari [Cooper] however when you suppose for one second that Zeke Elliott shouldn’t be the engine that runs this Cowboys offense, you are sadly mistaken.
The 49ers, in the meantime, misplaced second general decide Nick Bosa to an ankle sprain on Wednesday and NFL’s Ian Rapoport recommended the previous Ohio State defensive finish won’t characteristic in preseason.
On a extra optimistic notice, working again Jerick McKinnon was activated from the bodily unable to carry out checklist after recovering from a torn ACL, the identical damage that sidelined quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo final season.
The 49ers acquired Garoppolo from the New England Patriots in October 2017 and signed him to a five-year deal price $137.5 million in February final yr.
The Illinois native went into final season with excessive expectations however his marketing campaign lasted solely three video games earlier than he suffered a season-ending damage, as his crew completed 4-12 and missed the playoffs for a fifth straight season.
Here’s every part that you must know forward of Saturday.
The San Francisco 49ers host the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Kick-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 10.
The sport might be nationally broadcast by NFL Network. Local protection might be offered by CBS-affiliates KPIX and KTVT, with the previous masking California and the latter masking the Dallas space.
A dwell stream might be accessible by way of NFL Network on-line in addition to by way of fuboTV.
While Elliott continues to be AWOL, the Cowboys are anticipated to present their rookies an opportunity to impress.
Dallas didn’t have a first-round decide, however chosen UCF defensive sort out Trysten Hill within the second spherical and Penn State guard Connor McGovern within the third, whereas Memphis working again Tony Pollard was a fourth-round decide.
Following his damage final season, Garoppolo is predicted to play at the least a part of the sport as he appears to be like to seek out his rhythm.
With McKinnon again, the 49ers have a crowded discipline, that includes Matt Breida, Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert.
While Bosa is not going to characteristic towards the Cowboys, the 49ers will give their rookies a runout. San Francisco chosen two extensive receivers within the second and third spherical of the draft, with South Carolina Deebo Samuel picked at quantity 36 and Baylor’s Jalen Hurd chosen at 67.
According to Oddschecker, the 49ers are a four-point favourite and are 47/50 to win and canopy the unfold. Meanwhile, the over/below bar for complete factors scored is about at 36.