Monday, October 24, 2011
Silver linings: Rams at Cowboys
By Mike Sando
The facts: The St. Louis Rams fell to 0-6 with a 34-7 road defeat to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The Rams return home to face New Orleans in Week 8.
- Offensive lineman Jason Smith and defensive lineman Darell Scott escaped debilitating neck injuries and were able to join the team on its flight back to St. Louis following the game. Both had been carted off the field.
- The Rams lost no ground to Arizona or Seattle in the NFC West.
- Steven Jackson appeared fully recovered from his quadriceps injury. He showed good acceleration and speed during a 40-yard run, his longest since suffering the quadriceps injury during a 47-yarder in Week 1.
- Brandon Lloyd caught six passes for 74 yards during his Rams debut.
- The Rams downed three of Donnie Jones' punts inside the Dallas 20.
- Quintin Mikell forced a fumble, with teammate Al Harris recovering.
- The Rams matched the Cowboys in third-down conversion rate (38 percent).
- The Rams held the Cowboys to a field goal on the first of two Dallas possessions that began in St. Louis territory.
- James Hall and Gary Gibson collected sacks. Rookie Robert Quinn had a quarterback hit.
- The Rams allowed only one sack, a season low after allowing 15 over their previous three games.
- Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui played extensively and had a 27-yard reception.
- The Rams are nearly finished with the most difficult portion of their schedule. They're the only team in the NFL without a division game in the first eight weeks of this season. They play five division games in six weeks beginning in Week 9, with the lone non-division game against Cleveland.