The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers are both getting set for the biggest games of their season.
Last season, these two teams met in the wild-card round, in which the Cowboys were sent home.
But, now the Cowboys are coming back for revenge this season.
Here are two bold predictions for the Cowboys vs. 49ers divisional round battle.
Tony Pollard Records 100 Total Yards & 1 TD
The Cowboys’ offense will have to be great on Sunday to have a chance against the 49ers.
San Francisco has the best defense in the NFL, so the Dallas offense will need to be firing on all cylinders.
For the Cowboys to optimize their offensive production, Tony Pollard will have to play a big role.
Sheesh, Tony Pollard. @Tp__5
— NFL (@NFL) January 17, 2023
In last week’s win, Pollard rushed 15 times for 77 yards and caught three passes for 12 yards.
He should be in line for another 20+ touches in this game.
Pollard is elite with the ball in his hands and even the 49ers will have problems stopping him.
Look for Pollard to be used more in the passing game to keep the 49ers’ front seven off balance.
Cowboys Defense Gets 3 Takeaways
One thing the Dallas defense has been the best in the league at is taking the ball away.
They led the NFL in takeaways for the second straight season this year with 33.
To have a chance on Sunday, the Cowboys will need to win the turnover battle.
Facing a rookie quarterback in Brock Purdy, the Cowboys will have chances they need to capitalize on.
Micah Parsons will have to be the most impactful player on the field for the Cowboys, as he has game-wrecker potential.
3 run stops
2 pass deflections
0 missed tackles pic.twitter.com/VS4ZaToA0o
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) January 17, 2023
Dallas needs to find ways to make Purdy uncomfortable, and force him into bad throws.
Also, they have to be willing to strip the ball at all times.
Forcing at least one fumble and giving the offense extra possession will be crucial for the Cowboys.