Wednesday, September 18, 2013
QB Watch: Rams' Sam Bradford
By Nick Wagoner
A weekly examination of the St. Louis Rams' quarterback play.
Rewind: For the second week in a row, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford put up big numbers and kept those with the foresight to start him as their fantasy signal-caller happy in the process.
Bradford threw a career-high 35 passes 5 yards or less down the field, and at first it appeared that number was a bit too high. But after reviewing the film, Bradford really didn't have but a few chances to get the ball downfield on some of the throws he checked down.
Once again, the St. Louis offense really started revving when it went to a no-huddle, two-minute tempo in the second half. We already knew that Bradford is most comfortable in a fast-break style, and his second-half performance of 20-of-34 for 228 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions only served to reinforce that.
Fast-forward: The Rams' Week 3 foe, the Dallas Cowboys, are having issues at cornerback, with Morris Claiborne nursing a bad left shoulder and rookie B.W. Webb not yet ready to contribute. Dallas worked out three corners on Tuesday and clearly has its eyes open for help.
Through two weeks, Dallas is allowing 313.5 passing yards per game. Bradford hasn't been sacked this season, but the biggest obstacle to continued big numbers will come from the best pass rush he's faced yet. With end DeMarcus Ware leading the way, Dallas has seven sacks in two games.
Bad bounces: Bradford has only thrown two interceptions in the first two games, but both have been turned into touchdowns. Neither was the result of a bad decision or even a bad throw. Instead, Bradford's been a victim of bad bounces. Odds are that streak will end sooner than later.
Prediction: Another favorable matchup against a team that has struggled to stop the pass and has done well against the run could lead to a third consecutive big game for Bradford.