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Around the NFC West: Bradford's debut

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Sam Bradford showed the Arizona Cardinals he would not back down. Clifton Ryan: "Sam is not afraid to lead. He is not afraid of anything." Miklasz: "There were no signs of physical or mental weakness, no loss of confidence or will power. In his first real NFL game, nothing flustered Bradford. Not the speed of the game, the direct hits or the sneak attacks from blitzers. Not the missed connections with receivers, or his rookie mistakes or the taunting from Arizona's defensive players."

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams were entertaining Sunday, and that's a start. Burwell: "We're not passing out 'atta boys' or gold stars for effort like this was some Little League frivolity. This is still the NFL, where they are paid to play, and winning is the ultimate measure of satisfaction. But when you have been as bad as the Rams have been for such a long time, satisfaction is a relative thing. Satisfaction comes in small steps, not giant leaps. So on this Sunday in the Dome, that satisfaction was measured by an honest to goodness sense that even in defeat, people could walk away without that same old sick and depressing feeling in their guts that their favorite team was an incompetent and hopeless mess."

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gives Bradford a C-plus grade as part of a Rams report card.

Also from Coats: Mark Clayton caught 10 passes for 119 yards in his first game with the Rams.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says new Rams owner Stan Kroenke wants to see progress this season. The team must win some games, basically.

Also from Thomas: Steven Jackson says the Rams need to develop a killer instinct. Jackson: "I don't want to discredit the young guys. But we have to get a killer instinct. We have to be able to put a team like that that's good -- we have to be able to put a team like that away." The Rams were on their way to doing that when the Cardinals' Steve Breaston stripped the football from Ryan as the defensive tackle neared the goal line during a fumble return. A touchdown there would have put the Rams ahead, 20-10, in the third quarter.

More from Thomas: a look at Bradford's first regular-season NFL touchdown pass.

Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with Rams fans at the Edward Jones Dome.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says Ryan never saw Breaston coming.

Also from Korte: The Rams battled, but it was not enough.

Norm Sanders of the Belleville News-Democrat looks at Bradford's day. Tight end Billy Bajema: "It's fun playing with him because you know you could get the ball any time -- and he's going to find the open guy. We're real excited about Sam and what he's going to do this year."

Chris Harry of AOL FanHouse says Bradford gives the Rams hope. Said Rams executive Kevin Demoff: "He gives us a chance."