Silver linings: Rams vs. Cardinals

The facts: The Rams fell to 1-9 with a 21-13 home defeat to the Cardinals in Week 11.

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

  • Steven Jackson became the first player in Rams history to record five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He carried 24 times for 116 yards and a touchdown.

  • Second-year defensive end Chris Long recorded a sack for the third game in a row. He has played better lately, a good sign for the Rams given how much they invested in him.

  • Rookie Brandon Gibson caught five more passes, giving him 12 receptions in the last two games.

  • The Rams finished with eight quarterback hits, including one that knocked Kurt Warner from the game. That was a tribute to coach Steve Spagnuolo's blitz schemes. The Rams impressed the Cardinals as a well-coordinated team, and Arizona's Ken Whisenhunt said so afterward.

  • The Rams held the Cardinals scoreless in the second half.

Looking ahead: The Rams face the Seahawks at home in Week 12.