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.