THOUSAND OAKS Ethan Westbrooks Jersey , Calif. (AP) — 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, 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 John Sullivan Jersey Salute to Service , 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. Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys failed in their first attempt to wrap up the NFC East by losing to Indianapolis when the Colts badly needed a win for their playoff chase.Now the NFL's rushing leader and his teammates will try again Sunday, this time facing an opponent with nothing on the line a week after Tampa Bay was eliminated from postseason contention with a loss in Baltimore."I think everyone in this locker room understands how important this game is," Elliott said with Dallas coming off the franchise's first shutout loss in 15 years . "I think it would be kind of beating a dead cow to come in here and harping on what happened last week."Jameis Winston and the Bucs (5-9) are putting the wraps on a strange year that began with the quarterback's personal-conduct suspension Authentic Kurt Warner Jersey , followed by his inability to keep the job once Ryan Fitzpatrick cooled off.Fitzpatrick's struggles gave him another shot, and Winston is set for his fifth straight start, the longest stretch for either QB this year."Even though we're out of contention, it still feels good to win," said receiver Mike Evans, a bright spot for an offense that had little trouble churning out yards but often didn't turn them into points. "Christmas is coming up. It'll be good to have Christmas sitting on a 'W.'"The Cowboys (8-6) just want to end their division race.Dallas ran off five straight wins to earn the enviable position of needing one victory in the final three games to reach the postseason for the second time in three seasons with Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year on a playoff team two years ago.Moving the ball wasn't a problem for the Cowboys in the first half of the 23-0 loss to Indianapolis, but they squandered several scoring chances. A defense that has carried Dallas most of the season had the bigger letdown in the second half.The Cowboys can win the division with another loss if Washington and Philadelphia lose. They don't want to go there."Guys were excited to get back there and get rid of that last game and kind of build from scratch and kind of build our swag back," said cornerback Byron Jones, who was voted to his first Pro Bowl this week. "I know we're going to come out feisty and fierce."Things to consider as the Cowboys try to build on a 9-1 home record in the series with the Bucs, 11-1 if you include two playoff wins in the 1980s:RACE IS ONElliott and Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams have been locked in a duel for the rushing lead for several weeks. Elliott, the 2016 rushing champion as a rookie, extended his lead despite the Cowboys' paltry showing at the Colts. He's 98 yards ahead with two games left, and also leads in yards from scrimmage.DECEPTIVE NUMBERSThe Buccaneers have thrown for 4,464 yards, fourth-most passing yards through the first 14 games in NFL history behind the 2013 Broncos (4,713), 2000 Rams (4 Limited Marshall Faulk Jersey ,706) and 2011 Saints (4,639). They've dropped from first to third in total offense (416.6 per game) over the past two weeks after leading the league for much of the year.Although they still have the No. 1 passing attack (318.9), that hasn't translated into scoring enough points to win consistently. The Bucs are 12th in points scored (24.6) and 30th in points allowed (28.8).EASY ON LEEIt would be putting it mildly to say the Cowboys eased Sean Lee back in after the linebacker missed five games with his second hamstring injury of the season. He played seven snaps against the Colts. The emergence of rookie Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith is the primary reason, although the defense played poorly enough last week that perhaps more playing time for Lee is warranted.EVANS' BANNER YEAREvans has 74 receptions and is closing in on Tampa Bay's franchise record for receiving yards in a season. One of just three receivers in league history to begin a career with five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, Evans has 1,328 yards through 14 games. He needs 95 to break Mark Carrier's club record of 1,422 from 1989."Hopefully I can get it," said Evans, who has seven 100-yard games this season. "This week hopefully. If not, then next week."LOOKING TO RETURNDallas right guard Zack Martin, who has now made the Pro Bowl in all five of his seasons, practiced Thursday for the first time since aggravating his left knee injury two weeks ago in a win over Philadelphia that pushed the Cowboys to the brink of the division title. He sat for the first time in his career against the Colts.If Martin returns, the Cowboys will have to decide between Xavier Su'a-Filo and rookie Connor Williams at left guard. Su'a-Filo went to the hospital in Indianapolis after getting poked in the eye by teammate La'el Collins. The eye is improving, and he was a full practice participant Thursday.
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