Dallas Cowboys vs. Rams GAME DAY Preview: Underrated Underdogs; Most expensive NFL ticket

FRISCO – Team USA against the Super Bowl champions.

In a Week 5 NFL showpiece, the Dallas Cowboys look to shock the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday from Sofi Stadium. The Rams are on a condensed week and are coming off a loss to NFC West division foe San Francisco 49ers in which LA failed to score a touchdown.

After losing quarterback Dak Prescott to a thumb injury, Dallas weathered the storm and responded with three straight wins. Quarterback Cooper Rush is the first Cowboys quarterback to win his first four starts – joining an elite group of 26 quarterbacks to do so in NFL history.

Coach Mike McCarthy apparently uses the game’s odds as motivation, declaring the Cowboys to be “Nobody’s Underdogs.” Las Vegas disagrees, setting the Rams 5.5 points as favorites.

Oh, and America is interested in “Team America”.

Thanks to information from SI Tickets’ post-season bookings, “Dallas as a playoff team” is one thing, as Cowboys Divisional Round booking prices are up 65% from last week on SI Tickets. Three straight wins will do that for a team’s prospects.

In Dallas’ 25-10 win over Washington, Rush completed 15 of 27 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Ezekiel Elliott led the Cowboys with 19 carries for 49 yards. The Cowboys need Rush, Elliott plus CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup to boost their offense, which is averaging fifth-fewest points (17.8) in the league.

The Cowboys’ defense was dominant, holding each of its four opponents under 20 points and 225 passing yards. The last time Dallas held its first four opponents under 200 net passing yards was in 1977. This week, Dallas hopes to beat Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has been sacked seven times by the 49ers. .

The Rams have won 16 of their last 22 home games while Dallas hasn’t beaten the Rams in Los Angeles since 2014.

PRESCOTT WATCH: The Cowboys are realistically preparing to bring Prescott back for their NFC East showdown on Oct. 16 in Philadelphia.

INJURY UPDATE: Long-snapper Jake McQuaide, a two-time Pro Bowler with the Rams who is in his second season with Dallas, suffered a torn triceps in Week 4 that ended his season.

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RECORDS: Dallas Cowboys (3-1) vs. Los Angeles Rams (2-2)

ODDS: Dallas is a 4.5 point underdog against the Rams.

GAME TIME: Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 3:25 p.m. CT

LOCATION: SOFI Stadium (Los Angeles, California)

TV/RADIO: FOX, 105.3 The Fan

THE LAST WORD: Micah Parsons calls himself a “lion” because of his Penn State alma case and his own “lion support” mentality. Teammate Trevon helped Dallas lead a stoppage of Washington’s passing offense with three pass breakups and his 16th career interception. … What animal did Parsons think Diggs is?

“He’s an eagle,” Parsons said after the game. “When he’s in the zone, nobody (can) fly like he (does). He’s an eagle.”

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