Monday, December 7, 2009
Silver linings: Rams at Bears
By Mike Sando
The facts: The Rams fell to 1-11 with a 17-6 road defeat to the Bears in Week 13.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The Rams visit the Titans in Week 14.
- Steven Jackson exceeded 100 yards rushing for the seventh time this season and the fifth time in his last six games. Jackson has 1,232 yards rushing this season, the second-highest total of his career.
- Second-year defensive end Chris Long collected another sack. He has 4.0 this season, matching his 2008 total. This was his fourth sack in the Rams' last five games.
- Strong play from punter Donnie Jones, receiver Jordan Kent and the rest of the coverage team helped the Rams dictate favorable field position.
- Josh Brown made all three field goal attempts, including a 50-yarder in the fourth quarter. He has made all but one of his five tries from 50-plus yards this season. Brown leads the NFL in successful 50-plus field goal attempts since 2003.
- Danny Amendola averaged 27 yards per kickoff return thanks to a 43-yarder.
- Center Jason Brown started the game despite suffering a sprained knee a week earlier. Brown's presence on the offensive line is critical for Jackson and the offense.
- The Rams held Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to 143 yards passing and less than 50 percent completions. Cutler managed 12 yards passing after the first quarter. The Rams moved up to a No. 16 ranking in passing yards allowed per game.