Los Angeles Rams
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The Los Angeles Rams are in uncharted territory.
For the first time this year, they will play a game the week after suffering a loss. In the whole scheme of things, it's not a bad place to be. On the other hand, it's worth monitoring how they respond to the 45-35 loss to the Saints on Sunday - the first of the year - when they welcome the Seahawks to the Coliseum.
"We are going to watch the film, make the corrections and fix things," Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald vowed. "This was just one game, we will fix it. We are disappointed that we lost, but like I said, we are going to fix it. We aren't panicking, we're not worried. We will make the corrections to fix it and continue to be better."
Said quarterback Jared Goff, "We are going to take things one at a time and hopefully move on to 9-1 against Seattle."
That seemed to be the team-wide sentiment.
"I think the sense that we got from our players (Sunday) and from our coaching staff is that, if anything, it creates an added sense of urgency," said head coach Sean McVay. "That feeling in your gut when you wake up and you're kind of just sick because you didn't get the result that you wanted is something that you can't create unless you do end up losing. We try to be consistent whether you win or lose, but there is something that is created just based on not getting the result that you wanted. If you got the right mindset as far as looking at what can I do to be a part of the solution, getting better. Can't wait to get back out and get another opportunity to compete and try to erase this feeling that you do have. I feel like our building shares that same feeling and we're excited about getting to work on the Seahawks this week."
The Rams have yet to lose two games in a row under McVay.
"Well, I think, really, we talk about just the ability to respond," McVay said. "Don't let the Saints beat us twice. We've got a great opponent that we're playing against in the Seattle Seahawks. We know that they're a great division team. Lot of familiarity on both sides of the football, really all three phases, just with the history that we have with these guys. It's going to be a great challenge, but we like being back at home and we can't wait to get back to work. I think our players have done a nice job when you do face small forms of adversity, of not allowing that to affect us moving forward. I think that's a credit to both the coaching staff and the players. For us, it's about moving forward in the right way, using this as a good tool and being consistent with our approach week-in and week out. That's what we expect to do this week."
The Rams can take firm control of the NFC West with a win over the Seahawks as it will give them a four-game division lead and the tiebreaker advantage.
"This is a great team, coach (Pete) Carroll has done an excellent job, you know they've played really good football since (the first meeting) they've got a lot of issues they present and we're looking forward to the challenge."
SERIES HISTORY: 41st regular-season meeting. Seahawks lead series, 23-17. The Rams have won the last two meetings, including a 33-31 win last month.