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Silver linings: Rams at Raiders

9/20/2010

The facts: The Rams dropped to 0-2 with a 16-14 road defeat to the Oakland Raiders in Week 2.

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

  • The Rams scored touchdowns on two of their three possessions inside the red zone.

  • Receiver Mark Clayton caught two touchdown passes, matching his total with Baltimore in 2009. He has 12 receptions for 143 yards in two games since joining the Rams via trade from Baltimore.

  • Quarterback Sam Bradford completed his first seven pass attempts for 98 yards and one touchdown. Even after struggling for a stretch, Bradford capitalized on a late Raiders turnover, quickly finding Clayton for a touchdown to pull the Rams within two points in the final minutes.

  • Steven Jackson started quickly, taking pressure off Bradford early in the game.

  • Tight end Daniel Fells made a one-handed reception for a 36-yard gain.

  • Rookie Jerome Murphy and veteran James Butler picked off passes for the Rams.

  • Rookie Mardy Gilyard had a 30-yard kickoff return.

  • Linebacker James Laurinaitis had nine tackles and a sack. Defensive end James Hall also generated some pressure. He had five tackles and a sack.

  • The Rams played well enough defensively in the first half for the Raiders to make a quarterback change at halftime.

Looking ahead: The Rams return to the Edward Jones Dome for a game against the Washington Redskins in Week 3.