‘Fly­ing’ LA Rams seek to bounce back

Sea­hawks also hope to make amends for Charg­ers loss, ready to ‘jump at the chal­lenge’

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>> LOS AN­GE­LES: Now that the Los An­ge­les Rams have fin­ished lick­ing their wounds from their first loss of the sea­son, head coach Sean McVay ex­pects an­other big test dur­ing to­day’s clash with the Seat­tle Sea­hawks.

The Rams will try to get back on track af­ter los­ing 45-35 last week to New Or­leans as they con­tinue their march to­wards their sec­ond straight NFC West ti­tle.

McVay says the Rams shouldn’t have trou­ble deal­ing with their first set­back of the sea­son.

“I think the sense that we got from our play­ers and from our coach­ing staff is that, if any­thing, it cre­ates an added sense of ur­gency,” said 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.”

The Rams’ eight-game win streak came to a screech­ing halt in New Or­leans but Jared Goff and Co will seek to be­gin a new streak against the Sea­hawks at the Coli­seum.

And since McVay took over, the Rams have never lost two con­sec­u­tive reg­u­lar-sea­son games.

The loss to the Saints may have put a dent in the Rams push for pos­si­ble home field ad­van­tage in the post­sea­son. But they are still 8-1 and the 7-1 Saints have a tougher sched­ule in the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

The Rams and Sea­hawks met ear­lier this year. In the Rams 33-31 win on Oct 7, Goff com­pleted 23 of 32 passes, one for a touch­down. He also had two in­ter­cep­tions in­clud­ing one on a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half.

But Goff has ma­tured at quar­ter­back since that game. He is ex­pected to mainly work from the pocket against Seat­tle, who are 4-4.

“We have an enor­mous matchup this week with a team that’s been fly­ing the whole first half of the sea­son,” said Sea­hawks coach Pete Car­roll.

Seat­tle are also look­ing to bounce back from a loss af­ter they were beaten 25-17 by the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers.

Seat­tle gave the Rams all they could hand once be­fore and Car­roll says they can do it again.

“We are up against it. We’ve got to play great foot­ball and we do that by prac­tis­ing re­ally well and jump­ing at the chal­lenge,” he said.

Rams wide re­ceivers Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp had to leave the Saints game with con­cus­sions, but they are ex­pected to play to­day.

Along with run­ning back Todd Gur­ley, they present a huge prob­lem for the Sea­hawks’ de­fence. Gur­ley leads the NFL in rush­ing with a 96.4 yard av­er­age per game.

Else­where, the Dal­las Cowboys face a must-win game as they visit the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons Philadel­phia Ea­gles to­day.

A loss to the Ea­gles would drop Dal­las to 3-6, all but elim­i­nat­ing them from the play-offs.

The Cowboys are 0-4 on the road and are com­ing off a dis­ap­point­ing 28-14 home loss to the Ten­nessee Ti­tans to­mor­row.

The Ea­gles are only 4-4 com­ing off their bye week and trail the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins in the NFC East, but Philadel­phia can de­ter­mine their own fu­ture with three of their next four games in the divi­sion.

Rams quar­ter­back Jared Goff, cen­tre, in ac­tion against the Saints.

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