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3 takeaways from Sean McVay’s Monday presser following Rams loss to Cardinals

On a lack of explosive plays, opportunities for Robert Woods, and injury status updates

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The Los Angeles Rams lost to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but by Monday, it’s just time to start focusing on Seattle. The Rams face the Seahawks in three days on Thursday Night Football in Seattle and on Monday, Sean McVay talked to the media about complementary football, targets for Robert Woods, and being healthy.

Rams didn’t play ‘complementary football’ against Cardinals

McVay noted that turnovers by the offense and a lack of explosive plays due to poor execution is what helped lead to LA’s downfall in Week 4. The Rams had two turnovers, including a Matthew Stafford interception, and only two plays that went longer than 20 yards: an early pass to Van Jefferson and a 35-yard gain by Cooper Kupp.

Darrell Henderson had a 15-yard run and played well but explosive plays were lacking as compared to the first three weeks.

Robert Woods, the time is coming

McVay simply said that Robert Woods hasn’t gotten more targets because he hasn’t called up plays for Robert Woods. Woods was targeted six times on Sunday, catching four passes for 48 yards. Woods has 25 targets in four games, putting him on pace for roughly 105 — that would be 25 fewer than last season despite it being a 17-game season.

Injuries in Week 4 were only “bumps and bruises”

McVay says that Darrell Henderson, Tyler Higbee, and Taylor Rapp will all play this Thursday against the Seahawks.

Everything you need to know about the Seahawks

Bonus: Pete Carroll says that Matthew Stafford will be a challenge

Seattle’s head coach said on Monday that Stafford is successful right now in large part because McVay has given him so much leeway on the field. That may not have shown in Week 4, but the Seahawks are sure to get a heavy dose of it this Thursday.