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Silver linings: Rams vs. Jets

11/20/2012

The facts: The St. Louis Rams fell to 3-6-1 with a 27-13 home defeat to the New York Jets in Week 11.

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

  • Steven Jackson averaged 6.2 yards per carry on his way to 81 yards.

  • Chris Long collected two sacks, raising his season total to seven.

  • The Rams scored on their opening possession for the third consecutive game, the longest streak for a St. Louis team since 2002.

  • Quintin Mikell had a sack and forced fumble.

  • Brandon Gibson had two touchdown receptions.

  • The Rams scored touchdowns on both red zone possessions. They have now scored four touchdowns in five red zone possessions over their past two games.

  • Rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins returned from a one-game absence to block a field goal attempt. This was one of a couple strong special-teams plays. Linebacker James Laurinaitis sniffed out a fake punt and tackled fullback Lex Hilliard short of the first-down marker.

  • Rookie Chris Givens had a 48-yard kickoff return, the Rams' longest since 2010.

  • Rookie punter Johnny Hekker had a 44.4-yard net average.

  • Second-year receiver Austin Pettis, who had a touchdown reception at San Francisco in Week 11, had a 36-yard reception against the Jets.

  • The Rams allowed 289 yards, the fourth time in 10 games St. Louis has held an opponent below 300. The 2011 team did it four times all season.

Looking ahead: The Rams visit the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12.