The Rams' struggles as a franchise over the last decade-plus have been well documented. Among plenty of ignominious facts, the club has failed to reach even eight wins since the 2006 season.
Until Sunday, that is, when Los Angeles defeated New Orleans, 26-20, to bring the club's 2017 record to 8-3. And while that's clearly not the Rams' ultimate goal — and the team still has much work to do to improve this season — it's also not quite nothing.
"I think it's a great accomplishment for our players," head coach Sean McVay said postgame. "Through 11 games, to be able to get to eight — they've done a great job to put us in that position. But, like you'll consistently hear us talk about, it's time to come together tomorrow, look at it, clean it up and then see if we can go get a good division win next week against a tough opponent."
That was the pervasive attitude within the locker room after Sunday's game: Eight wins is nice, but it's not at all something to be satisfied with.
"We're going to enjoy this. At the end of the day it's been awhile since we've had 8 wins, so we're all going to enjoy this," right guard Jamon Brown said. "But I think just kind of the feeling from coach and everyone in this locker room is that it's not over yet so we're going to come back to work tomorrow, we're going to take a look at the film and put this game behind us and move forward to the next."
"Man, it's stupendous. I couldn't be happier," left guard Rodger Saffold said. "But, you know, it's quick lived because I have to try to get the next one, and the next one, and the next one after that."
And that's even coming from the longest-tenured Ram, as Saffold has been with the club since 2010. Running back Todd Gurley thought of Saffold and outside linebacker Robert Quinn when he was asked if there was significance in the club reaching eight wins.
"More for guys like Rodger and Rob, the guys that have been here for multiple years and seeing the bad," Gurley said. "Just happy for guys like that to be able to go through and be able to enjoy these wins we're getting."
But the team is clearly not satisfied with just reaching eight. Even after a win over a Saints team that entered the contest having won eight games in a row, each player expressed an attitude that boiled down to: We'll enjoy this for the night, but we're moving on tomorrow.
"We're on a mission this year to really try to get to that postseason, so as happy as I am," Saffold said, "I know that tomorrow I have to get right back to work just the way that I always have and be prepared to play a divisional opponent that knows us just as much as we know them. And we have a game on our hands next week."
"We've got however many more left to make our goal and win the division and make the playoffs," quarterback Jared Goff said.
At 8-3 with a one-game lead in the NFC West, the Rams have put themselves in great position to make that happen.
Check out in-game photos from the Rams' Week 12 matchup with the New Orleans Saints at the Coliseum.