The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
The Cardinals have nine days between games, time that should be valuable as a long list of players treat injuries.
Quarterback Kevin Kolb withstood punishment better than he did last season, when injuries limited him to nine games. He also avoided interceptions.
Patrick Peterson made a leaping interception in the end zone. He also averaged 15.2 yards on five punt returns.
Second-year tight end Rob Housler made positive contributions in the receiving game, continuing a recent trend. He had three catches for 45 yards and wasn't afraid to take on defenders.
Arizona held the Rams to 12 first downs and 242 yards. Sam Bradford completed only 7 of 21 passes.
The Cardinals held a nine-minute advantage in time of possession.
This is only the third "silver linings" file for Arizona in the last 340 days. The other NFC West teams have had 20, counting playoffs.
Looking ahead: The Cardinals are home against Buffalo in Week 6.