The San Francisco 49ers won their first game of the 2014 season, but they didn’t generate enough offense consistently on their own. Gifted four turnovers by the Dallas Cowboys, the 49ers didn’t score at all in the second half of the game. They’ll need to make sure they create their own opportunities in Week Two against the Chicago Bears at the Levi’s Stadium opener.
Move over Tebowing and Kaepernicking. During Sunday’s NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys and brand new verb began to emerge – “to Romo.”
All the problems that seemed to be facing the 49ers were worked out on the field. The offense looked fine, the defense stepped up and the result was a road win, that was far from a lock. f the 49ers can continue to improve, they will be back in the thick of things at the end of the season.
While the teams’ star players and memorable contests have been well-documented, here are some lesser-known facts about this rivalry.
While there will be a lot of new faces on the 49ers defensive side of the ball this Sunday, none will be due to injuries—or at least injuries that have surprised San Francisco.
The 49ers open their season against the Cowboys in Dallas Sunday. John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew he expects San Francisco to win, but is concerned they’ll be giving up more points this season.
Michael Sam’s second chance will be with the Dallas Cowboys. Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that the league’s first openly gay player will be added to the practice roster.
The San Francisco 49ers haven’t yet said whether defensive lineman Ray McDonald will play in the season opener against Dallas Sunday.
When San Francisco’s regular season schedule was announced, 49er nation cringed. There is not a single game that screams ‘easy win'; which is not ideal for a team that figures it will be in a dog fight within their very own division just to get into the playoffs.
National sportswriters don’t appear too bowled over by the Oakland Raider roster additions of NFL veterans LaMarr Woodley, Matt Schaub, Justin Tuck and Maurice Jones-Drew. Pundits peg the Raiders as perhaps the worst team in the league, and ESPN has Head Coach Dennis Allen rated as the worst in the NFL. The Silver and Black also compete in a division where every other squad made the playoffs last year, prompting some to say they are already out of contention this season. Really? It may take everything breaking right for Raider Nation to make a playoff appearance, but surely there are teams with less upside than Oakland. Here are a few of the potential challengers for the NFL cellar.