Saints, Cowboys still relying on backups on offense

By ROY LANG III, Journal Sports

The New Orleans Saints are back on the mainland, but – for the most part — the problems they faced in London last week haven’t disappeared. The Saints will again have to rely on some backups on offense when the Seattle Seahawks visit the Superdome on Sunday (noon, Fox).

Although Jameis Winston wasn’t ruled out in Friday’s final injury report, the quarterback is expected to be spelled once again by Andy Dalton. Meanwhile, wide receiver Michael Thomas (foot) will miss another game. It’s not all bad news, however, as running back Alvin Kamara is expected to help the Saints (1-3) attempt to stay in touch in the NFC South by dispatching Seattle (2-2).

Dalton started against Minnesota in London and completed 20 of 28 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown. He did not throw an interception, but lost a fumble in the Saints’ 28-25 loss.

“Andy did a nice job,” Saints head coach Dennis Allen told the media. “He performed well in the game. I really thought, probably in the second half, I thought we got into a pretty good rhythm offensively and I think he was operating pretty well. That’s why Andy is here, because he’s a proven vet and we feel like we can go in and play good football with him running the team.”

In Los Angeles, another backup quarterback, Cooper Rush, will lead the Cowboys into SoFi Stadium against the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams (3:25 p.m., Fox).

Dallas is 3-1 and aims to apply pressure on Philadelphia (4-0) in the battle atop the NFC East.

The Cowboys have won three straight since losing their opener, the game in which starting quarterback Dak Prescott broke a bone in his wrist. Prescott had hoped to return to action this week, but the Cowboys have pushed him back at least a week.

After that disastrous start in Week 1 against Tampa Bay, Rush has led his team to victories against Cincinnati, the New York Giants and Washington.

Even though the Rams enter the game 2-2 and are coming off a one-sided loss to the San Francisco 49ers, they are nearly a touchdown favorite against the Cowboys.

Even with Prescott on the shelf, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy isn’t buying the idea his team’s three-game win streak is a surprise and he certainly doesn’t believe his team should be dismissed Sunday in California.

“We’re nobody’s underdog,” he said.

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