Redskins running back Tim Hightower left Dallas with a bitter taste in his mouth on Monday night.
He had rushed for a season-low 41 yards on 14 carries, and was determined to put the game behind him. He was joined by many of his teammates at the facilities early on Tuesday morning, just a few hours after the team returned from Dallas.
"When you lose the way that we lost a game like that, the only thing you want to do is play football," he said. "Nothing else seems right."
The Redskins running game is looking to get back on track against a Rams defense currently ranked last in the league against the run, yielding 174 yards per game.
So far this season, Hightower has rushed for 209 yards and one touchdown on 35 carries.
Hightower and company know that they have a lot to prove against a desperate team. He has received the bulk of carries, sharing the workload with rookie Roy Helu.
"It's so hard in this league because different teams show up different weeks," he said. "You also don't want to fall into that trap that one team's success guarantees another."
For his career, Hightower has faced the Rams six times as a member of the Arizona Cardinals. In those games, he has rushed 86 times for 418 yards and four touchdowns. He's also added 11 receptions for 69 yards.
"I think they're going to come out swinging, but the great thing is, so are we," he said with a smile. "We're looking forward to it."
As much as Hightower wants to be a catalyst for the offense, he also understands that the key to winning is a balanced attack.
"There's no excuse for us to be one-dimensional," he said. "We shouldn't be a primarily running team, and we shouldn't be a primarily passing team. I really feel like we have the guys and the scheme to be able to do both, and I think that's when we're at our best."
He added: "Our only focus is winning. It's not a 'We need to,' it's a 'We have to.'"