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.