The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
The Rams, behind Kendricks' big gain and a strong round game featuring Steven Jackson and Cadillac Williams, came out aggressively. They got better push at the line of scrimmage than at any point since the regular-season opener against Philadelphia, in my view.
Gary Gibson collected his first career sack, beating his man decisively on the play.
Quarterback Sam Bradford enjoyed a cleaner pocket and more time to throw this week, one reason he passed for 321 yards.
Linebacker James Laurinaitis blew up a running play early. The Rams also stopped the Packers on an early third-and-2, forcing a punt.
Defensive tackle Fred Robbins caught my attention by penetrating in to the backfield and disrupting a play.
The Rams allowed no points after halftime.
Another rookie wideout, Austin Pettis, showed greater awareness as a punt returner. He gained 39 and 17 yards on his two returns and seemed to make good decisions fielding the ball, including once when he prevented the Packers from downing a punt inside the 5-yard line.
Looking ahead: The Rams visit the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7.