Friday, September 3, 2010

Bradford Leads Rams 27-21 Over Baltimore

The St. Louis Rams ran their preseason record to 3-1 with a 27-21 victory over the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night before a crowd of 42,327 hopeful Rams fans. In reality there were not more than 20-25K fans at this game but the ones that attended got to see Sam Bradford continue his strides with a perfect evening. Bradford was only in for one series but he made the most of his opportunity going 6 of 6 for 68 yards and a touchdown pass to Billy Bajema to put the Rams up 7-0. Bradford finished the preseason 33 of 55 for 338 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a QB rating of 95.9.

In a game which the Baltimore Ravens only dressed 41 players it was more entertaining than you would have thought. The Rams once again dominated the first half at one time holding a 236 to 25 total yards advantage. If not for a holding call on Eric Young, Kevin Dockery's inability to fall on a muffed punt, Chris Chamberlain's ability to be caught from behind by Jalen Parmele, and a bobbled reception by Brandon Gibson that turned into a Dannell Ellerbee 57 yard interception return for a TD the Rams could have easily been up 35-0 at half-time. Good teams learn how to take advantage of every mistake and the Rams are still learning but they appear to be much improved.

For the most part both teams used this game to take a look at the players that will make up the bottom half of their rosters. The Rams must cut 22 players by 5PM Saturday night to get down to 53. During this game many of the Rams bubble players stepped up and made some plays so many hard decisions will still need to be made by Coach Steve Spagnuolo and his staff. The backup running back position is still the most up in the air as far as I am concerned. I believe Keith Toston to be the best of what we have but the Rams still may acquire a running back waived this upcoming weekend so we will have to wait and see.

As for Sam Bradford he has made his case to be the starting quarterback of the St. Louis Rams. I believe Sam should play from day one, and there should be no looking back. A.J. Feeley still has an injured thumb and is much better suited for the backup role anyway. For new owner Stan Kronke what better way to get the Rams fan base excited again than to have Sam Bradford lead the St. Louis Rams onto the field Sunday September 12th against the Arizona Cardinals to open the 2010 NFL season.

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