Silver linings: Rams vs. Giants

September, 15, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: The Rams scored only one touchdown during a 41-13 home loss to the Giants, allowing 200 yards rushing and 441 total yards.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two. A quick look at things that went right for the Rams ...

  • Torry Holt proved he can still make the spectacular play. His 45-yard touchdown catch ranked among the most spectacular of his career.
  • Josh Brown converted two 54-yard field goals. His kickoffs traveled past the goal line on average.
  • Punter Donnie Jones had a 43-yard net average with two punts downed inside the 20.
  • Rookie Chris Long collected four tackles, including the first sack of his NFL career. Long is a work in progress. Getting the first sack out of the way allows him to proceed without hearing about going "X" number of games without one. Giants right tackle Kareem McKenzie held Long around the neck on the Giants' first touchdown pass. Eli Manning might have been able to make the throw anyway.
  • The Rams appeared to avoid serious injuries.
  • The Rams converted 3 of 13 times on third down. That's terrible for most teams, but progress for a Rams team that failed to convert any of its 11 chances in the opener.
The Rams take an 0-2 record into their Week 3 game at 0-2 Seattle. Steven Jackson tripped on his way to what might have otherwise been a 66-yard touchdown run during the first quarter. Jackson has enjoyed big games against Seattle. He hasn't got much going so far in 2008.

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