Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay is preparing for their most challenging stretch of the 2020 NFL season, which begins against the San Francisco 49ers.
According to McVay, the Rams are simply trying to take it one game at a time.
“We’re at 4-1 and we got to get ready for what we know is an outstanding football team in the 49ers next week. It truly is the cliche, but it’s the truth — you got to take it one game at a time,” McVay said about the middle of their schedule now.
“So many things change week by week, certain guys get injured, you start looking ahead at your schedule and that’s when you start not taking care of business and being where your feet are planted. And for us, it’s really about getting ready for our sixth football game next week. We know the reigning NFC champs, reigning division champs are going to be ready to go. We’re going to enjoy this.”
While the Rams dominated the Washington Football Team in Alex Smith’s ‘amazing’ return, their upcoming matchup against the 49ers should not be as easy.
Although the 49ers are in the midst of a slight quarterback issue with Jimmy Garoppolo still recovering from injury, Raheem Mostert returned and looked great.
Through Week 5, the 49ers sit at just 2-2 in the NFC West and are coming off a 43-17 loss against the Miami Dolphins but they still cannot ever be counted out.
After the 49ers, the Rams must face the Chicago Bears, Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which could prove to be highly challenging.
Perhaps their most difficult test will come against the undefeated Seahawks (5-0) and current 2020 NFL Most Valuable Player award frontrunner Russell Wilson.
Wilson has thrown for 19 touchdowns (only three interceptions) while holding a 72.8 completion percentage and a league-high quarterback rating of 129.8.
The Rams must be able to slow Wilson down and put pressure on him, hopefully forcing him to make some rare mistakes that they can capitalize on in Week 10.
If the Rams can do that and successfully defeat the Seahawks, they will be in a good position to take home the NFC West divison championship this season.