Silver linings: Rams at Giants

The facts: The St. Louis Rams fell to 0-2 with a 28-16 road defeat to the New York Giants on Monday.

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

  • Receiver Danario Alexander gave the Rams a big-play threat on the perimeter, catching three passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. His 68-yard reception from Sam Bradford marked career longs for both players. Bradford also set a career high with 331 yards passing. The Rams were much more effective striking down the field.

  • The finger injury Bradford suffered in Week 1 did not seem to affect him.

  • The Rams outgained the Giants, 367-300.

  • Mike Sims-Walker caught six passes for 92 yards.

  • Safety Quintin Mikell picked off Eli Manning.

  • Rookie first-round draft choice Robert Quinn played for the first time during a regular-season game and finished with one sack.

  • The rest of the NFC West also lost in Week 2, meaning the Rams lost no ground in the division.

Looking ahead: The Rams are home against Baltimore in Week 3.