Mcvay wants Rams fo­cused as play­offs be­come a pos­si­bil­ity

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By DAN GREENSPAN

THOU­SAND OAKS, — With the way the Los An­ge­les Rams are play­ing, it would be easy to en­ter­tain fan­tasies that Sun­day’s game at Min­nesota might not be their only visit to this sea­son’s Su­per Bowl site.

Rams head coach Sean Mcvay isn’t mak­ing plans for a re­turn trip to U.S. Bank Sta­dium just yet.

“What a great thing that is, but if we don’t get to our eighth win then noth­ing else re­ally mat­ters,” Mcvay said Mon­day.

The Rams play their next two games against fel­low NFC divi­sion lead­ers and four of their next five against teams that cur­rently have win­ning records. How the Rams nav­i­gate this stretch will de­ter­mine whether they win the NFC West, claim a wild-card berth, or miss the play­offs for the 13th straight sea­son.

Mcvay doesn’t want the Rams think­ing about any­thing but their next op­po­nent. The first-year coach has em­pha­sized a “process over re­sults­driven” ap­proach since he ar­rived in Los An­ge­les, and he’s guided the Rams to a 7-2 record.

“You just kind of speak some­thing into ex­is­tence and you talk about it so of­ten that you al­most re­ally do put blin­ders on be­cause of what a com­pet­i­tive, tough league this is,” Mcvay said. “That’s not to say you don’t know and pay at­ten­tion to the other teams in this league, but to truly say that all that re­ally mat­ters for us is we’re fo­cused on Min­nesota and see­ing against a great foot­ball team how can we find a way to get to 8-2.”

The Rams were able to stay fo­cused af­ter a slug­gish start in their 33-7 win over the Hous­ton Tex­ans on Sun­day. The of­fense scored 24 points and amass­ing 309 yards in the sec­ond half. Mcvay crit­i­cized his own play-call­ing for not al­low­ing them to get into a rhythm early.

AP PHOTO BY ALEX GALLARDO Los An­ge­les Rams wide re­ceiver Tavon Austin, right, is tack­led by Hous­ton Tex­ans de­fen­sive tackle Car­los Watkins dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game Sun­day in Los An­ge­les.

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