Bernie Miklasz and I just finished our weekly NFC West conversation on 101ESPN St. Louis.
We discussed every team in the division, with special focus on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. I recommend checking out Bernie's additional thoughts on the Rams' defense, posted Tuesday, before listening in on our conversation.
I noted that Bradford, with a very solid 81.3 Total QBR score in fourth quarters and overtimes this season, trails only Peyton Manning, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford in that category. You might recall his 23-yard scoring pass to Brandon Gibson in Week 1. It broke a 13-13 tie in the fourth quarter at Detroit. Bradford also made fourth-quarter plays to beat Washington and rally at Miami.
We also went into greater depth on the comments Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. made about Bradford recently.
In discussing the San Francisco 49ers, I described them as a team built for the playoffs in at least one important way. Separately, when Bernie asked if there were anything misleading about Alex Smith's high completion percentage, I pointed to the 22 sacks Smith has taken this season while playing behind a very good offensive line. Some of those sacks should have been throwaway passes or completed passes.
The chart shows passing stats and Total QBR scores for quarterbacks with the most sacks since the 2011 season opened. Smith tops the list for most sacks.