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Coliseum on Monday night Youth Aqib Talib Jersey , Sean McVay was still buzzing when he left the building after the Los Angeles Rams' epic victory over Kansas City.When he finally reached his suburban home, the coach wasn't ready to lose that feeling. Instead, McVay and some friends kicked off the Rams' bye week by watching highlights of Los Angeles' 54-51 win deep into the night."I was pretty wired, man," McVay said Tuesday afternoon, about 21 hours after kickoff. "I would say right now is about the first time I'm starting to wind down and to be able to take a nap hopefully here soon."McVay and the Rams have absolutely earned their sleep.Los Angeles (10-1) is this season's first team to reach double digits in victories after holding off the Chiefs in a game that featured so many eye-popping digits: a 14-touchdown, 105-point, 1,001-yard masterpiece of pure entertainment.The third highest-scoring game in league history was the latest peak in the Rams' two-year transformation under McVay, whose staff has put this long-downtrodden franchise in position to clinch its first back-to-back division titles since the 1970s as soon as this weekend if Carolina beats Seattle.The win over Kansas City also was the culmination of two difficult weeks for the organization and its city.Players, coaches and team employees were forced from their homes by wildfires two weeks ago while many were still reeling from a mass shooting near their training complex in Thousand Oaks. The Rams then spent the previous week on the road in Colorado Springs to train for the high altitudes of Mexico City 鈥?only to have the Monday night game moved back home to LA on six days' notice."I think the players did an outstanding job of handling what seems like two weeks that was about two years' worth of things that they had to go through," McVay said. "All they did was just handle it like pros and do everything the right way that makes you appreciative of just being able to work with people like this."The final snap against Kansas City felt like closure to the players who persevered through this two-week stretch. McVay and the Rams now get a holiday week to contemplate what they've accomplished and how far they've still got to go.Because for all their success, McVay knows the Rams have ample room for improvement.McVay and his staff will use part of their bye week to study this triumph over the Chiefs, likely turning a critical eye on ways to help a defense that relied on big plays to survive this thriller. Kansas City outgained Los Angeles 546-455 with six touchdown passes by Patrick Mahomes.The Rams are desperately looking forward to the probable post-bye return of standout cornerback Aqib Talib. They were also happy to get contributions from surprising defensive sources in an otherwise offense-dominated night.Samson Ebukam, the Rams' unsung second-year outside linebacker, might have been the most important player on the field against the Chiefs. Ebukam returned a fumble forced by Aaron Donald for a touchdown Womens John Sullivan Jersey , made a preposterous one-armed interception and returned it for another TD, and finally pressured Mahomes just enough to impede his throwing motion on a pass subsequently intercepted by Rams teammate Marcus Peters with 1:18 left."It's crazy we had five takeaways, just to see they still put up 51 points," Rams receiver Robert Woods said. "We tried to eliminate the big plays, but we know they have some talented players. At the end of the day, we sealed them off."The Rams can also use their time off to get healthy, which is always a good thing at this time of year.Los Angeles dropped those 54 points on Kansas City even with mild contributions from NFL rushing leader Todd Gurley, whose 13-game touchdown streak ended while he made just 12 carries for 54 yards and caught three passes for 39 yards.Confirming what many suspected during the game, McVay said Gurley was limited by an ankle injury after "getting rolled up on" earlier in the game.McVay doesn't believe it will be a long-term problem, and he said Gurley's light action in the second half was mostly due to the Chiefs' schemes 鈥?particularly a set with 11 men in the box late in the game, leading to McVay's decision to call passing plays in a last-minute attempt to get a game-clinching first down."There were a lot of instances where they were playing some defensive structures where they were basically daring you to throw it," McVay said. "That's a result of the respect they have for Todd and our running game." The Los Angeles Rams insist there is no panic internally after losing consecutive games for the first time under coach Sean McVay.Convincing those outside the team that everything is fine is another matter."My wife got vitamins out in the morning when we lose two games," cornerback Aqib Talib said Wednesday. "You got to just get back to the basics and play football."Quarterback Jared Goff, who has been receiving the most scrutiny for his performances in losses at Chicago and against Philadelphia, was emphasizing that message. Goff's production has dropped off during the past three games, throwing one touchdown pass and six interceptions in that span after posting a 26-to-6 touchdown to interception ratio over the first 11 games of the season.Goff had another interception against the Eagles changed to a lost fumble by league statisticians Youth Marcus Peters Jersey , not that it offered any solace."Doesn't matter," Goff said. "It was a turnover."Cutting down on giveaways is the priority for the Rams (11-3) before facing Arizona on the road Sunday. Everything else brought up as the reason for the downturn in his productivity, from wide receiver Cooper Kupp's season-ending knee injury to struggles in pass protection, does not matter nearly as much as playing turnover-free football, Goff said."I think each game is independent of each other," Goff said. "I don't think there's one singular thing. You look at the last game, just made a couple of dumb plays that hurt us and can't do that."Goff said there is an extra determination to avoid similar mistakes against the Cardinals (3-11), which McVay said reflects the team's commitment to getting back on track over the final two weeks of the regular season. Though he always stresses process over outcome, McVay admitted there is a different level of intensity this week because of the two losses."I'd like to think that regardless of what the outcome is, it's the same, but human nature doesn't really allow that," McVay said. "I know there's an increased sense of urgency from us as coaches. I sense that from the players."McVay said nothing changes in terms of the Rams' preparations going into their final road game of the regular season, which includes the hand gestures and verbal cues the offense uses at the line of scrimmage to make adjustments, even after Arizona claimed wide receiver and return specialist Pharoh Cooper on Wednesday after the Rams placed him on waivers.Passing game coordinator Shane Waldron said there was no need to change signals despite the understanding Cooper would be giving his new team detailed information on audibles and other aspects of the offense."I mean, there are some teams in the league where those signals or some of those things have been the same since 15 years moving forward," Waldron said. "Some of those things , I think, are overvalued. You got to go out there and play football and execute at a high level. If you start worrying too much about hand signals or codewords you're not allowing yourself to play fast, so we still feel we can operate as we have been operating."As confident as Waldron is in the mechanics of operating the offense, McVay remains just as enthused about Goff, provided his quarterback uses the handful of plays that have hindered the Rams the past two weeks to improve."Unfortunately, in him, we keep talking about two plays, and that's the nature of the quarterback position," McVay said. "But I would say this, we'll continue to learn from it."Goff has no doubts he and the Rams offense will reap the benefits, no vitamins necessary."Again, we're talking about things going bad when two weeks ago it was a much different conversation," Goff said. "We need to fix some things and get some things ironed out and we will. I expect to do that this week."NOTES: RB Todd Gurley (knee) and Justin Davis (shoulder) did not participate in the team's walkthrough Wednesday. McVay expects Gurley will be available to play Sunday. ... McVay has not decided whether WR JoJo Natson or DB Blake Countess will return kicks in place of Cooper.
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