Chaotic Defenses vs Explosive dynamic Offenses
Levis Stadium welcomes a familiar rival, a challenger that dates back to the 80’s & 90’s. America’s Team the Dallas Cowboys. Last year is no different than this year, Dak Prescott must prove he can move the ball down the field vs one of the most battle hardened and brutal defenses to take the field. This year’s San Francisco 49ers defense is mean and viscous, with every hit given, they intend to separate the ball from the carrier. Prescott cashed in on 5 Td’s to blast the Buccaneers in Super Wild Card weekend. On the defensive side of the ball the Cowboys are no slouch. Both the 49ers and Cowboys front four can create havoc for any offensive line. Gridiron Glory of an NFC Championship awaits the winner of this divisional clash.
Brock Purdy threw 4 Td’s passes last weekend and hasn’t looked like a rookie all season. In fact the young rookie has not lost a game in his career. The Cowboys defense must strap in mentally to contend with this 49ers offense. With the addition of Christian McCaffrey, the 49ers west coast offense excels in offensive brilliance. Being able to interchangeably move Deebo Samuel and McCaffrey between WR and RB or having both in the back field, along side Greg Little and the ex factor Brandon Aiyuk. The 49ers defense will not go untested in this divisional drama. With the addition of T.Y. Hilton, this chess piece gives the Cowboys the elite dynamics of an explosive offense. Monday Dak Prescott targeted 8 different receivers, including Hilton for a 14 yard catch.
With Ballers and legends on both sides of the ball for both teams. Bosa & Parsons, Deebo Samuel & Treyvon Diggs, McCaffrey and Anthony Barr, Dak Prescott and Dre Greenlaw, Ceedee Lamb & Charvarious Ward, Fred Warner and Ezekiel Elliott. Vander Esch and Greg Little. Let’s not stand on ceremony alone..Now let’s do some analytics and statistical breakdowns for both teams. Now that we’ve laid the storyline, let’s dive deeper into what made these teams excel in the regular season.
On the offensive side of the ball the Dallas Cowboys scored the 3rd most points in the NFL. (467,27.4). With the 5th largest margin of victory(7.4). Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott combined for over 1800 yards rushing, and 21 Rd’s. What stands out most here between Pollard and Elliott, they both combined for 0 fumbles this year. If the Cowboys are effective on the ground, the passing game will open up for the Cowboys. WR CeeDee Lamb had a great year with over 1000 yards receiving. The 49ers on defense put up exceptionally great numbers, giving up just 3.4 yards per carry to the run(1st). The front four of the 49ers get more physical with your offensive line as the game wears on. 20 interceptions in one year, let’s you know they’ve got ball hawking line backers and opportunists in the secondary. What stands out on defense for the 49ers, percentage of plays that ended in a turnover. 15.3% of all plays on defense ended in a turnover, but let’s dive deeper in analytics, the 49ers expectation of points by defense percentage a whopping 61.7%. Which means they can score on defense as well. The Cowboys lead the league in offensive plays that end in turnovers with 16.2%. Both defenses expect a lot out of their play and all phases of the defense contributed to stop high powered offenses. Micah Parsons leads both teams with 68 blitzes on the season.
On offense for the 49ers QB Brock Purdy in the west coast offense flourishes, he doesn’t go deep to much, he doesn’t go middle to much or even throw short. Purdy mixes up the pass game very well, giving the Niners a balanced offense, that can strike from all angles of the field. The ex factor for the game is Brandon Aiyuk. Autumn quietly gets the job done, in middle routes, and deep routes and can burn a Cornerback. If I were the Cowboys I’d put Treyvon Diggs on him the entire game. Aiyuk is a baller.
Both QB’s will need to be accurate and decisively fast when making decisions with the ball and who to throw it too…Odds are both Purdy and Prescott won’t have much time to get the ball out. Both front 4’s for the Niners and Dem Boys are exceptionally aggressive when going after the passer. This goes with out saying if Micah Parsons or Nick Bosa are allowed to do what they’ve always done and that’s sack QB’s, you may see legendary game play from both defenses. In a test for Divisional Dominance,an NFC Championship is just one step closer to team prestige and the Glory of the Superbowl. San Fransisco 49ers V. Dallas Cowboys