Silver linings: Rams vs. Eagles

September, 12, 2011
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The facts: The St. Louis Rams suffered a 31-13 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles at the Edward Jones Dome in Week 1.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
  • Running back Cadillac Williams carried 19 times for 91 yards. Williams joined Marshall Faulk, Antonio Pittman and Brian Leonard as the only Rams running backs other than Steven Jackson to rush for at least that many yards in a game since Jackson entered the league in 2004. Faulk had two 100-yard games when Jackson was a rookie. Leonard had 102 yards in a 2007 game against Arizona. Pittman had 95 yards during a 2008 game against San Francisco.
  • The Rams limited Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to 14 completions in 32 attempts. According to Pro Football Reference, this was the 14th time since at least 1960 that a Rams opponent had completed so few passes in so many attempts. The Rams roughed up Vick several times and forced him to hold the ball when receivers were not open.
  • Steven Jackson broke free for a 47-yard touchdown run on the Rams' first offensive snap.
  • Chris Long, Quintin Mikell and Justin King had sacks for the Rams. Mikell forced a fumble that James Laurinaitis recovered.
  • Jerious Norwood had 49- and 29-yard kickoff returns.
  • Donnie Jones had a 61-yard punt, and one downed inside the 20.
Looking ahead: The Rams visit the New York Giants on "Monday Night Football" in Week 2.

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