Wrap-up: Texans 16, Rams 13

The Rams were much more competitive during Sunday's 16-13 loss than they were during a 47-7 defeat at Tennessee a week earlier.

Rookie quarterback Keith Null was steady enough for the Rams to convert 8 of 15 third-down chances. He wasn't good enough to win the game, but neither did he lose it -- progress after Null tossed five picks in Tennessee.

While a competitive showing in defeat beat the alternative, this season has gotten to a point where time is the most important progress marker. The Rams are one game closer to an offseason that cannot arrive quickly enough.

Their latest defeat kept them in position to claim the No. 1 overall choice in the 2010 draft. They finish against the Cardinals and 49ers, making 1-15 seem highly likely.

There isn't much more to say under the circumstances.