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Silver linings: Rams at Eagles

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: The Rams were horrible in their 38-3 loss at Philadelphia to open the season.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two. We had to look hard to find them for the Rams, but they were there:

  • Rookie defensive end Chris Long came close to pressuring Donovan McNabb on a few plays. That is progress for Long, who hadn't done much during the preseason. Long also made a strong stop on Eagles running back Brian Westbrook.

  • Tight end Randy McMichael enjoyed his most productive game since signing with the Rams. He caught five passes for 77 yards. This included an impressive grab for a 15-yard gain on second-and-14 early in the second quarter. McMichael ran past Eagles safety Quintin Mikell on the play.

That was about it for the Rams. I saw a couple of other strong individual plays -- Quinton Culberson's early stop on Westbrook was one of them -- but not much else.