Monday, December 15, 2008
Silver linings: Rams vs. Seahawks
By Mike Sando
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The facts: The Rams' record fell to 2-12 following a 23-20 home defeat to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The Rams face the 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome in Week 16.
- Steven Jackson ran the ball particularly well early in the game, helping the Rams avoid a season-long trend of falling behind early.
- Coach Jim Haslett and defensive coordinator Rick Venturi deployed creative blitz packages to confuse the Seahawks' reconfigured offensive line and punish quarterback Seneca Wallace.
- Rookie receiver Donnie Avery reemerged with six receptions after catching only three in his previous three games.
- Veteran receiver Torry Holt caught a touchdown pass for the first time since Week 9.
- Quarterback Marc Bulger finished without an interception for the second time since Week 7. The Seahawks sacked him only once.
- Punter Donnie Jones had a 45.6-yard net average. The Rams also posted healthy averages in their return game.
- The Rams held a nearly eight-minute advantage in time of possession with scoring drives of nine, 13 and 18 plays.
- St. Louis is the leading contender to finish with the second overall draft choice.