Silver linings: Rams vs. Packers

October, 22, 2012
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The facts: The St. Louis Rams fell to 3-4 with a 30-20 home defeat to the Green Bay Packers in Week 7.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
  • The offensive line protected quarterback Sam Bradford pretty well under the circumstances. Left tackle Joe Barksdale and left guard Shelley Smith were making their first regular-season NFL starts.
  • Chris Givens' 56-yard reception gave him one reception of at least 50 yards in four consecutive games, the first time a rookie has done that since 1983 (Willie Gault).
  • Second-year defensive end Robert Quinn sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Quinn now has seven sacks this season.
  • Rookie first-round defensive tackle Michael Brockers collected his first NFL sack.
  • Running back Steven Jackson converted a third-and-1 before scoring on a 6-yard run. He had 12 carries for 57 yards.
  • Austin Pettis' 3-yard scoring reception was his first career touchdown.
  • The Rams had 93 yards rushing in the first half. They have held their last three opponents to a combined 151 yards rushing.
  • Rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein rebounded from a rough game at Miami. He made both field-goal tries, connecting from 43 and 50 yards.
  • The Rams scored touchdowns on two of three possessions in the red zone.
Looking ahead: The Rams face the New England Patriots in London.

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