Silver linings: Rams vs. Patriots

The facts: The St. Louis Rams fell to 3-5 with a 45-7 defeat to the New England Patriots at London's Wembley Stadium in Week 9.

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

    • The bye week comes at a good time for the Rams. They're close to getting back from injury a few key players, including top receiver Danny Amendola. Center Scott Wells and left tackle Rodger Saffold could also return, although less is known about their statuses.

    • Fourth-round draft choice Chris Givens' 50-yard touchdown reception set an NFL rookie record for consecutive games with at least one catch covering 50-plus yards. This was his fifth consecutive game with such a reception. Willie Gault (1983) held the previous record.

    • Quarterback Sam Bradford completed 23 of 31 passes with one touchdown and an 88.9 NFL passer rating. Bradford posted a 65.7 Total QBR score (50 is average), his third-highest of the season (77.3 vs. Washington, 68.8 vs. Miami).

    • Running back Daryl Richardson averaged 7.6 yards per carry on his seven rushes. Fellow rookie Isaiah Pead had a 19-yard run.

    • Punter Johnny Hekker had a 44.8-yard net average.

    • Rookie receiver Brian Quick had a 39-yard reception.

Looking ahead: The Rams face the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10, following a bye.