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Silver linings: Rams vs. Seahawks

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: The Rams were mostly uncompetitive during their 37-13 defeat at Seattle.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two. A quick look at a few for the Rams during an otherwise dismal Week 3 ...

  • Left tackle Orlando Pace made it through three games in a season for the first time since the 2006 season. If you think the Rams are bad now, imagine them without Pace.

  • Young defensive linemen Adam Carriker and Chris Long combined for 13 tackles. Carriker had three tackles for loss. They played hard.

  • Rookie receiver Donnie Avery showed quickness and speed. Too bad Marc Bulger underthrew him for what might have been a long touchdown pass.

  • Punter Donnie Jones had a 49.5-yard net average, while kicker Josh Brown made both field-goal tries.

  • Bulger attempted 31 passes, but the Rams allowed only one sack. They had allowed 10 sacks over the first two games.

  • The Rams' third-down conversion rate improved to 41.7 percent, up from 23.1 in Week 2 and 0.0 in the opener.

  • The Rams opened the second half with a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive, scoring on a third-and-21 pass play to Dane Looker.

  • Coach Scott Linehan kept his composure in an abbreviated postgame news conference. That wasn't the case a week earlier.

The thought going into the season was that these "silver linings" posts would balance the inevitable day-after-defeat overreaction. The thought going into the season also assumed there would be occasional victories sprinkled in with the Rams' expected defeats. Oh, well.