Mad Mike is back in town:
After tailback Arlen Harris carried on the Rams' first play from scrimmage, Martz ordered five passes in a row.
But for the night, the Rams were well balanced: 28 passes and 26 runs.
Lovie's back, too:
OK, we'll give the Bears fans who brought the banner that read "Chicago loves Lovey" a spelling mulligan, because it was only Smith's first game as their head coach.
QB Marc Bulger received the biggest cheer in pregame introductions.
Back home in the dome:
The retired Jim Hanifan, former head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals and most recently a Rams assistant coach, had a reunion with several Rams offensive linemen on the field before kickoff.
The Rams' Kyle Turley, who had been absent since leaving camp Aug. 1 to have his ailing back examined by various specialists, was on the sideline in street clothes.
No sign of fellow offensive tackle Orlando Pace, though.
Running back Steven Jackson, the Rams' first-draft pick, powered 8 yards up the middle on his first carry as a pro.
He finished as the game's top rusher, with 73 yards in 15 carries.
On the board:
Delightfully named Rams fullback Joey Goodspeed took a dump-off pass from scrambling - yes, scrambling - quarterback Chris Chandler 13 yards to the end zone for the first touchdown of the exhibition season. It gave the Rams a 10-3 lead late in the first half.
The most exciting play of the game was wiped out - not surprisingly - by a penalty.
The Rams' Shaun McDonald zigzagged 66 yards to the end zone with a punt return in the fourth quarter, but an illegal-block call nullified it.
Question for Commissioner Paul Tagliabue:
Exactly why is overtime in exhibition games a good idea?
- Bill Coats