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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Rams continue surge in 30-plus club

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

The St. Louis Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks' defense for 34 yards on a pass to Mark Clayton and 49 yards on a screen to Steven Jackson.

Those plays helped St. Louis match the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins for the most passes gaining at least 30 yards through Week 4, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

As noted, the Rams had only six such plays all last season.

Quarterback Sam Bradford has seven this season despite playing without projected starting receiver Donnie Avery, who was lost for the season. The team's other projected starting receiver, Laurent Robinson, has missed the past two games and has caught only four passes all season.

Bradford has found Mark Clayton for gains of30, 33, 34 and 39 yards this season. He has found Danny Amendola for 36 yards, Daniel Fells for 36 yards and Jackson for the 49-yarder against Seattle.

St. Louis doesn't have much of a deep threat in its offense. None of the seven passes of at least 30 yards has gone for a touchdown. Two against Arizona in the opener came on third-and-10 or longer. The others were on first or second down.

Bradford ranks tied for 18th in pass plays covering 40 or more yards. He has good company, though. Drew Brees, Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Schaub also have only one pass play covering 40-plus yards.