Silver linings: Rams at Cardinals

December, 8, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: The Rams' record fell to 2-11 following a 34-10 road defeat to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • Rams cornerback Ron Bartell picked off a pass to set up the Rams' lone touchdown. Bartell has generally played well this season.
  • Derek Stanley gained 33 yards on his lone punt return. He also had a 34-yard kickoff return.
  • Torry Holt reached five receptions in a game for the fifth time this season. His overall numbers are down, but Holt has 50 receptions for the 10th time in 10 NFL seasons.
  • Officials assessed only one penalty against the Rams, easily a season low. Yes, guard Richie Incognito was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, but the penalty was offsetting, so it didn't hurt the Rams. Officials had assessed 21 penalties against the Rams over their three previous games.
Looking ahead: The Rams face the Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome in Week 15.

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