McVay wants Rams focused as playoffs become a possibility

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) 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 results-driven” 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,

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