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Silver linings: Rams vs. Seahawks

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.

  • 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.

Looking ahead: The Rams face the 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome in Week 16.