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Silver linings: Rams at Lions

9/10/2012

The facts: The St. Louis Rams fell to 0-1 with a 27-23 defeat to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

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

  • Janoris Jenkins, Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Cortland Finnegan picked off passes for the Rams. Finnegan returned his for a touchdown. The Rams last had three first-half interceptions against Atlanta in 1996.

  • Sam Bradford's 23-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson broke a 13-13 tie in the fourth quarter. Bradford's 105.1 NFL passer rating was his highest in a game since 2010, his rookie season. He had three higher than that.

  • Bradford did not throw an interception. His streak of throwing fewer than two in a game dates to Week 12 of the 2010 season (at Denver).

  • Rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein held up well in pressure situations. The Rams' decision to go with rookie specialists did not cost them.

  • Robert Quinn, making his first start as a full-time defensive end, sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

  • The Rams held Stafford to one touchdown pass. They held Calvin Johnson without a touchdown.

  • Danny Amendola, back in the lineup after missing nearly all of last season to injury, had five catches for 70 yards.

  • Rookie running back Daryl Richardson had carries for 11 and 9 yards.

Looking ahead: The Rams are home against Washington in Week 2.