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Silver linings: Bills vs. Rams

9/29/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: A 31-14 home defeat to Buffalo left the Rams with an 0-4 record for the second consecutive season.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a silver lining or two. I'll single out a few below ...

  • Steven Jackson carried 24 times for 110 yards and a touchdown, easily his most productive game of the season. He also caught five passes for 78 yards.

  • Punter Donnie Jones continued to excel, posting a 40.6-yard net average.

  • The offense appeared more creative and aggressive, perhaps a reflection of coordinator Al Saunders' trust in quarterback Trent Green.

  • The defense showed dramatic improvement in the first half. Buffalo's ground game had problems.

  • Leonard Little had two sacks in his first game back from a hamstring injury. Rookie Chris Long added his second career sack.

We could learn more about Rams coach Scott Linehan's future today. We'll have reaction and analysis here as long as I'm not plane-bound. My flight is scheduled to land by 2 p.m. ET (I'm writing this in advance).