Mike McCarthy respects how betting lines are determined, he just doesn’t think about it often.
The Dallas Cowboys head coach had a funny moment in his Thursday press conference. McCarthy and the Cowboys are set to face the Rams on Sunday in Los Angeles, where the Rams are the favorites with a 5.5-point spread.
McCarthy was asked if he’s ever used the spread to motivate his team, at which point he asked and was informed, to his surprise, that the Cowboys are underdogs.
During his weekly appearance Friday on “Shan and RJ”, McCarthy admitted he was caught off guard by the question.
“Frankly, I probably shouldn't admit this, but it was a question I wasn't expecting,” McCarthy said. “I just had never really given it any thought, but usually the only time I worry about getting questions I don’t expect is when I come on your show. I’m usually a little more relaxed when I go up to a press conference.
“But yeah, I was surprised by it. I was surprised by the number, because for a minute I thought we were favored by five, that’s the way I think of our team. Frankly, I’ve never really looked at it, obviously they do a great job and I love the analytics that go into it and I do respect the mathematics and the lengths that people go to to come up with that situation.
“At the end of the day, I’m in it. I’m in the training with the team every day, and we’re really focused on improving, which we have a lot of room for. I think as we do that, we’re confident that we can beat anybody on Sunday.”
Truthfully, the oddsmakers are showing some respect to the Cowboys with a 5.5-point spread. They will be on the road against the reigning Super Bowl champions while playing their backup quarterback. The Rams haven’t exactly set the world on fire this season, but it would’ve been a stunner if the Cowboys went into that game as the betting favorite.
Well, a stunner to everyone but McCarthy.