The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Steven Jackson topped 100 yards rushing for the first time this season. His injured groin did not prevent him from playing a full game.
The Rams had more yards, more first downs and as many third-down conversions as the Lions.
Receiver Danny Amendola set career highs with 12 catches for 95 yards.
The Rams committed four fewer assessed penalties than the Lions.
Quarterback Sam Bradford took only one sack and that was when the Lions chased him out of bounds for a 2-yard loss.
Rookie George Selvie recorded a sack for the second game in a row.
The Rams put together three 12-play drives on offense. The first two produced field goals.
St. Louis trails division-leading Arizona by only one game.
Looking ahead: The Rams return to the Edward Jones Dome for a game against the San Diego Chargers in Week 5.