Silver linings: Rams at Packers

October, 17, 2011
The facts: The St. Louis Rams fell to 0-5 with a 24-3 defeat to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 6.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
  • Rookie tight end Lance Kendricks delivered a strong stiff-arm against Packers safety Morgan Burnett, crumpling him to the ground during a 45-yard reception early in the game.
  • The Rams, behind Kendricks' big gain and a strong round game featuring Steven Jackson and Cadillac Williams, came out aggressively. They got better push at the line of scrimmage than at any point since the regular-season opener against Philadelphia, in my view.
  • Gary Gibson collected his first career sack, beating his man decisively on the play.
  • Quarterback Sam Bradford enjoyed a cleaner pocket and more time to throw this week, one reason he passed for 321 yards.
  • Linebacker James Laurinaitis blew up a running play early. The Rams also stopped the Packers on an early third-and-2, forcing a punt.
  • Defensive tackle Fred Robbins caught my attention by penetrating in to the backfield and disrupting a play.
  • The Rams allowed no points after halftime.
  • Rookie receiver Greg Salas performed a fair approximation of the injured Danny Amendola, catching eight passes for 77 yards. He and Danario Alexander made a couple tough catches when covered.
  • Another rookie wideout, Austin Pettis, showed greater awareness as a punt returner. He gained 39 and 17 yards on his two returns and seemed to make good decisions fielding the ball, including once when he prevented the Packers from downing a punt inside the 5-yard line.
  • Safety Craig Dahl's interception was only the third against the Packers' Aaron Rodgers this season.
Looking ahead: The Rams visit the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7.



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