The facts: The Rams fell to 1-9 with a 21-13 home defeat to the Cardinals in Week 11.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Steven Jackson became the first player in Rams history to record five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He carried 24 times for 116 yards and a touchdown.
Second-year defensive end Chris Long recorded a sack for the third game in a row. He has played better lately, a good sign for the Rams given how much they invested in him.
Rookie Brandon Gibson caught five more passes, giving him 12 receptions in the last two games.
The Rams finished with eight quarterback hits, including one that knocked Kurt Warner from the game. That was a tribute to coach Steve Spagnuolo's blitz schemes. The Rams impressed the Cardinals as a well-coordinated team, and Arizona's Ken Whisenhunt said so afterward.
The Rams held the Cardinals scoreless in the second half.
Looking ahead: The Rams face the Seahawks at home in Week 12.