Silver linings: Rams at Bucs

The facts: The Rams dropped to 3-4 with an 18-17 road defeat to the Tampa Bay Bucs in Week 7.

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

  • Steven Jackson passed Eric Dickerson as the Rams' franchise rushing leader.

  • Jackson topped 100 yards and now has 617 for the season, putting him on pace for a career-high 1,534 yards this season.

  • The Rams held an opponent to 18 points or fewer for the sixth time this season.

  • Sam Bradford went without an interception for the second week in a row and the second time during his seven-game NFL career. He now has more touchdown passes (nine) than interceptions (eight).

  • The Rams led 17-3 at halftime. They have led their last two opponents by a combined 34-3 margin after the first halves of those games.

  • Receiver Danny Amendola caught a touchdown pass for the first time this season and the second time in his two-year career.

  • The Rams matched a season high by scoring touchdowns on two-thirds of their red zone opportunities.

  • Rookie tight end Mike Hoomanawanui, now recovered from a high-ankle sprain, caught a touchdown pass in his second game back from the injury. This was Hoomanawanui's first career touchdown.

  • The Rams downed three of Donnie Jones' four punts inside the Bucs' 20-yard line.

  • The Rams converted 7 of 14 times on third down, the first time this season they've converted at least 50 percent in a game (but the sixth time they have converted at least 40 percent).

Looking ahead: The Rams return to the Edward Jones Dome for a game against the Carolina Panthers in Week 8, followed by a bye week.