NFL Playoffs Betting Cheat Sheet: How You Should Bet Cowboys vs. 49ers

There are four marquee matchups ahead this weekend for the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs, two on Saturday and two on Sunday.

The final game of the weekend will feature the 49ers hosting the Cowboys. Here’s a betting guide for that matchup that might help you when making your pick on the game.

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Line open: 49ers -3.5, 46.0

Current line: 49ers -4.0, 46.5

Tickets: 57% 49ers, 60% over

Handle: 61% Cowboys, 62% under

Cowboys record: 13-5, 10-7-1 ATS

49ers record: 14-4, 12-6 ATS

Offense vs. Defense

Cowboys offense:

-- 11th in total yards

-- 14th in passing yards

-- 9th in rushing yards

-- 4th in scoring

49ers defense:

-- 1st in total yards allowed

-- 20th in passing yards allowed

-- 2nd in rushing yards allowed

-- 1st in scoring

Cowboys defense:

-- 12th in total yards allowed

-- 8th in passing yards allowed

-- 22nd in rushing yards allowed

-- 5th in scoring

49ers offense:

-- 5th in total yards

-- 13th in passing yards

-- 8th in rushing yards

-- 6th in scoring

Summary:

It’s easy to fall in love with what the Cowboys did against the Buccaneers on Monday night. But now they’ll face a far greater opponent and do so on a short week. I still think there’s a lot to like about the Cowboys getting four points given they’re a team that, when playing well, has a ceiling that rivals San Francisco.

The issue is that we’ve seen the 49ers on a rampage for well over a month now and just two weeks ago Dallas got embarrassed by Washington.

The play:

49ers -4.0, Over 46.5

I’m not going to turn my back on the 49ers after all the money they made me over the final two months of the season. I also think 46.5 is a reasonable total to clear given the superstars within each offense. More importantly, these offenses are explosive and capable of quick scoring drives. Finally, each defense excels in getting takeaways, which means short fields or even a defensive score is possible in this one.

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