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Bulger missing Robinson as third-down target

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Rams quarterback Marc Bulger misses injured receiver Laurent Robinson, particularly as a go-to option on third down.

The charts, produced by Hank Gargiulo of ESPN Stats & Information, break down Bulger's passer ratings by receiver and situation. The first chart isolates first and second downs, where Keenan Burton is evolving into a more reliable target. Burton played well against the Lions in particular.

The second chart isolates third down. Bulger's rating when throwing to Robinson was 110.7 in those situations, compared to 55.3 for other receiving options.

Bulger played well against Detriot, in my view. It was only Detroit, of course, but these are only the Rams. Bulger was the least of their problems in that game.

Programming note: I'm about to board a plane for Chicago. Will check back here late tonight.