Where Sam Bradford makes difference

The Washington Redskins said they took the St. Louis Rams lightly -- both in 2008 and again this season.


BradfordThat will not happen as much if Sam Bradford continues on his current trajectory.

The Rams ranked last among NFL teams in 2009 with six pass plays of 30 yards or longer. For reference, the Philadelphia Eagles had 33. The Seattle Seahawks had 19.

With Bradford this season, the Rams already have five such plays, leaving them tied for third among NFL teams behind the Chicago Bears (7) and Indianapolis Colts (6), according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The Rams lost projected starting receiver Donnie Avery for the season before Week 1. Another starter, Laurent Robinson, has missed time. Brandon Gibson started in Week 3 after not even being active the first two weeks. Mark Clayton, acquired from Baltimore less than a week before the regular-season opener, already has 17 catches (he had 34 last season in 14 games, including 12 as a starter).

The difference this season? Bradford, obviously.