Niners welcome in the Cowboys

23 October 2017 04:27:12 GMTPlus11

The San Francisco 49ers go in search of their first win of the season on Sunday when they entertain the Dallas Cowboys at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

There's a lot of history between these two franchises and some classic match ups, not least the infamous Montana to Clark "Catch" game that sent San Francisco to their first Super Bowl game.

Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard, somewhat surprisingly taken in the third round by the Niners, gets his first start for San Francisco. It's an important moment for the 49ers.

Should Beathard show that he has the potential to be a starting quarterback in the league, the Niners may decide that they don't have to either draft a signal caller high in the 2018 NFL Draft or attempt to fill the position through free agency.

Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins, and his connection with San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan, is the obvious and expected move by the franchise, but Beathard stepping up could significantly impact those plans.

Nor should it be forgotten that reports after this past Draft indicated that it was Shanahan who specifically lobbied for the Iowa quarterback to be drafted because he saw traits that could be worked with.

Beathard replaced Brian Hoyer against the Washington Redskins and completed 19-of-36 for 245 yards and one touchdown while being picked off once in the 26-24 defeat.

Good enough that the coaching staff made the decision to evaluate what they have in the former Hawkeye in advance of this year's offseason.

The 49ers are 3.40 to win on Sunday, with the Cowboys 1.33. San Francisco are 1.90 with a six-point spread in their favour.

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