Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  By STAN McNEAL  |  Last updated 9/16/13
ST. LOUIS -- Should you be more encouraged or discouraged by the Rams' 31-24 loss at Atlanta on Sunday afternoon? Going on the road to face an NFC finalist that was coming off a season-opening loss, a double-digit defeat would not have been surprising. That the Rams rallied to make the fourth quarter worth watching says a lot about their resolve. On the other hand, as much as was stacked in Atlanta's favor, the Falcons turned out to be susceptible. They lost numerous players to injury, including Steven Jackson after his opening-drive TD. The Rams knew that without Jackson the Falcons wouldn't be able to rush effectively, but they still allowed Matt Ryan to pass for 374 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, the Rams finished with more negatives than positives -- in my checklist, anyway. POSITIVES Sam Bradford's 352 yards passing. Yes, that total is inflated because the Rams' rushing game went away when they fell behind by three touchdowns and, as Bradford admitted, the Falcons'...
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