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What we learned from the Rams' 17-10 loss to the New York Giants

What we learned from the Rams' 17-10 loss to the New York Giants
The Rams' Tavon Austin, left, celebrates his touchdown with teammate Benjamin Cunningham during the NFL International Series game between Los Angeles and the New York Giants on Sunday in London. (Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images)

What we learned from the Rams’ 17-10 defeat by the New York Giants:

Case Keenum has developed a propensity for pick-sixes

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Let’s start by saying the pass that Giants safety Landon Collins intercepted and returned for a touchdown was a catchable ball that bounced off the hands of receiver Tavon Austin.

It was not a terrible or ill-advised pass.

But it was the third time this season that one of Keenum's passes was returned for a touchdown by an opponent.

It happened at Tampa Bay, but the Rams survived it for a victory.

It happened against Buffalo, and it proved to be the decisive play in a loss. And it happened against the Giants.

Brian Quick apparently needs to pay closer attention

Quick has been enjoying something of a breakout or comeback season. He has three touchdown catches and was instrumental in the Rams' drive toward a possible game-tying touchdown late in the final minutes.

But Coach Jeff Fisher said Quick did not get the signal from Keenum on the last pass into the end zone, which featured no Rams player near a ball that was easily intercepted.

Keenum said he needed to be clearer. Quick said it was a miscommunication.

There was no mistaking one thing: It was an embarrassing way to finish.

The Rams continue to hurt themselves with penalties

The Rams drew eight flags for 43 yards.

Several were holding calls on left tackle Greg Robinson, but he wasn't the only one who set the Rams back with miscues.

Tackle Rob Havenstein was cited for holding and a false start.

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Tight end Tyler Higbee, receiver Mike Thomas and defensive tackle Aaron Donald also were among those flagged.

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Cornerbacks can rise to the occasion in Trumaine Johnson's absence

E.J. Gaines, Troy Hill and Lamarcus Joyner kept the Giants' receiving corps under control for the most part and did not give up a long play.

Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard had their moments, but none were complete backbreakers.

The cornerbacks got help from a defensive line fortified by the return of end Robert Quinn and from hard-hitting safeties T.J. McDonald and Maurice Alexander.

Maybe a shorter trip to London would be better

The Rams were on the road for 10 days by the time they played the Giants.

In 2012, when they were based in St. Louis, the Rams also traveled to London about a week in advance and lost 45-7.

There's probably no way around it: The journey from the West Coast will be taxing regardless of when a team departs.

But if the Rams return, they might rethink the itinerary.

The international crowd at Twickenham Stadium loves NFL football

It was a quite scene outside and inside of a stadium playing host to the first non-rugby sporting event in its 107-year history.

Fans were decked out in jerseys of every team and their favorite players. It was a great mosaic.

It made for a festive atmosphere not fueled by rivalry, but for enjoyment of the spectacle.

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