Monday, November 7, 2011
Silver linings: Rams at Cardinals
By Mike Sando
The facts: The St. Louis Rams fell to 1-7 with a 19-13 overtime loss at Arizona in Week 9.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The Rams visit Cleveland in Week 10.
- The Rams got strong production from Steven Jackson in the running game once again. Jackson carried 29 times for 130 yards. He has 289 rushing yards on 54 carries over the last two games. Jackson's one reception moved him past Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch for sixth on the Rams' all-time list with 344.
- Josh Brown made three field-goal attempts.
- The Rams allowed a season-low 262 yards.
- Rookie Greg Salas led all players with seven receptions, one short of his career high.
- The Rams' defense collected two safeties. St. Louis became the first team in NFL history to score exactly four points in a quarter, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
- Chris Long collected his fourth sack int he last two games, giving him seven for the season. He set a career high with 8.5 last season.
- Rookie Robert Quinn had a sack for the second game in a row. He has three for the season.
- Safety Darian Stewart had three passes defensed, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. He broke up a long pass for tight end Jeff King. Stewart, in his second season, has come on strong lately. He had the clinching interception return for a touchdown against New Orleans last week.
- The Rams' run defense played well for a second week in a row, limiting Beanie Wells to 20 yards on 10 carries.
- The Rams held a 12-minute advantage in time of possession.
- Sam Bradford made it through the game on his injured ankle, passing for 255 yards.