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Silver linings: Rams vs. Packers

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: The Rams fell to 0-3 with a with a 36-17 home defeat to the Packers in Week 3.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • Leonard Little sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice in the first quarter.

  • Steven Jackson topped 100 yards rushing for the second game in a row. The Rams made sure the offense ran through Jackson, with generally positive results.

  • New return specialist Danny Amendola averaged 11.5 yards on two punt returns. His long kickoff return to open the game gave the Rams an early spark.

  • Kyle Boller gave the offense life after replacing injured starting quarterback Marc Bulger. His two touchdown passes doubled the Rams' season total through Week 2. The block Boller threw downfield before his first touchdown pass wasn't the smartest play under the circumstances, but Boller showed good leadership and heart.

  • Tight end Daniel Fells caught two touchdown passes. The Rams aren't very good at wide receiver, so they need their tight ends to produce. Adding Fells as a second tight end gave the Rams another option in the passing game, and it paid off.

  • Punter Donnie Jones posted a 46.3-yard net average on four punts, with three downed inside the 20.

  • Backup safety Craig Dahl made a positive impact at times. He batted down a pass near the goal line early in the game.

  • The Rams increased their point total again. They scored no points in Week 1, seven points in Week 2 and 17 this time.

Looking ahead: The Rams visit the 49ers in Week 4.