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Bradford out of sync in return; Jackson exudes eliteness

Special Contribution by NFL Gridiron Gab Featured Author Adrian Mojia

The bottom line here is that Bradford was rusty and failed to take advantage early on. He had numerous open receivers on plays which would have gone for easy scores but overthrew his receivers on multiple occasions. It was to be expected, and the Cards were able to squeak this one out because of it.

Steven Jackson was asked to carry the load, finishing with 130 yards but failing to get into the end zone. Although the numbers are good, Jackson was actually contained most of the game. The Cards played a bend but not break defense with him and Jackson did carry the ball 29 times.

Watching the game, you never had the sense he was posting the yardage he would wind up with. For me, this is the beginning of a preparation for next season with the Rams. Bradford is back, Clayton should be activated this week and Lloyd will have a chance to mesh with Bradford further. The Rams will have plenty of opportunities to play spoiler and if they can address the defensive issues in the offseason, they could make a serious playoff run next season.

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One Response to “Bradford out of sync in return; Jackson exudes eliteness”

  1. Chris B. says:

    While Bradford seemed a LITTLE off, it was FAR bigger than that. The motivation and energy of last week when we trounced the Aints wasn’t there. Furthermore, for the love of God, PLEASE fire Josh McDaniels! As someone who grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in Denver, I am WELL aware of the damage he does to NFL clubs. He was a train wreck this past Sunday. Why on EARTH would you have Steven Jackson run the SAME exact route to the left over and over! Of COURSE the Big Red picked up on that. We snatched defeat from the clutches of victory by not allowing Josh Brown to do what he does best. Sure he had one blocked. But, just how many times would AZ get THAT lucky? We had TOO many 4th and inches and the same play…and our ham sandwich was handed to us. While we earned the win against the Aints two weeks ago, we equally earned our loss yesterday, and absolutely NObody to blame but ourselves. It was a win we SHOULD have had. But some horrendous play calls and a lack of motivation resulted in an inexcusable loss. So, no…it wasn’t just Bradford by ANY stretch. Furthermore, it seemed that the final punt return was met with…umm..I have no clue. Its like everybody just watched the AZ punt returner, from the sidelines. Remember Lovie Smith’s rule of EVERYONE on D runs to the ball. Those who stood and watched should be benched. Period. Tons and tons of wind sprints for everyone…while Jackson is yelling at them.

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