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RamView: Week 13 – Quarterback

Sam wasn’t vintage Bradford (18-29-187, 66.3 PR) but was good enough to win this week. He kept drives moving with very accurate throws. He hit a well-covered Brandon Gibson on the sideline for 15 to help move the Rams into position for their first FG. He drove the Rams to a lead FG in the last 2:00 of the first half with some nifty play. He scrambled to his left away from a blitz on 2nd-and-11 and hit Gibson for 15 with an off-balance throw. He rolled right a couple of plays later and found Laurent Robinson at the Arizona 15 for 14 yards, and hit Steven Jackson with a short pass the next day that got all the way down to the 2. Had he thrown his pass on third-and-goal over Dan Williams’ hand, Bradford would have had Daniel Fells wide open for an easy TD, but the Rams still went into halftime with a lead. Bradford came out of halftime with an unusually shaky play, a bad interception well over his receiver’s head, right to Kerry Rhodes. Looked like that throw just got away from him. He atoned for it by converting three 3rd downs the next drive. Quick, short passes to Danny Amendola and Danario Alexander got two, and Sam scrambled for another before Jackson finished off the drive with a TD run to essentially put this game away. The coaching staff didn’t miss the chance to let Bradford help put the game away this week, either. The Rams got the ball with 5:17 left and never gave it back. Bradford rolled right and hit Billy Bajema for 13 to open the drive, and that combination basically killed off Arizona on a 3rd-and-3 right before the 2:00 warning. Bradford rolled right again and had Bajema all alone in the flat for 27 yards, down to the 6. It wasn’t the smoothest of sails for the impending Rookie of the Year, though. Arizona blitzed him hard again and he had to make a lot of plays with a man in his face. The passing game was shortened up this week and he had some trouble finding open receivers. He had several passes batted at the line. Gibson won a jump ball and saved him an INT on one of those, but Bradford got away with a couple of other passes that could have been picked. Sam’s improvisational skills failed him when Calais Campbell held up Kenneth Darby on an attempted screen in the third and then got a ten-yard run straight at him for a huge sack. Run, Sam, run! Bradford still flashed the whole package: mobility, accuracy, smarts, leadership. And looking at the mess Arizona fielded, there’s little question which QB, and team, has the brighter future.

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One Response to “RamView: Week 13 – Quarterback”

  1. Mike says:

    “Vintage Bradford”? The man’s played in 12 games, and you’re already referring to some of his play as “vintage”? I don’t think we’ve seen the players he’s going to be remembered as if he stays healthy- at least not yet.

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