Thanks to a 19-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the St. Louis Rams are one step closer to an above .500 record for the first time since Week 8 of the 2006 season. After starting the season 0-4 on the road, the Rams have rebounded with back-to-back wins away from the Edward Jones Dome.
The Rams win wasn’t pretty, but who cares! Keep reading for a few quick thoughts from Sunday’s game.
Samuel Bradford Needs Help
Wasn’t it only a week ago that Sam Bradford threw for over 300 yards and had three touchdowns in a win over the Denver Broncos? What happened since then? Arizona isn’t better than Denver, not even close.
Bradford’s performance wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t playoff caliber football. For the Rams to make the postseason, Bradford needs to carry the team on his back. Unfortunately, he is the only thing that can move the offense. For some reason Steven Jackson can’t be counted on to take over a game anymore. I’m not sure what happened to him this season. You’d think he’d only get better with the new-found stability under center. The next time Bradford has a big game, I expect Jackson will jump on the bandwagon and have one too.
Anyways, getting back to Bradford. His line looked like this: 18-29 for 189 yards, zero, touchdowns. one interception.
You may look at his numbers and say to yourself, “What the hell is this guy talking about?” Believe me, wouldn’t be the first time. But consider the opponent–the Cardinals have the 28th ranked defense in the league this season.
Mediocre performances like this won’t cut it against the big boys in New Orleans next week.
The Curious Case of Pat Shurmur
We really have to start evaluating Shurmur on a quarter-to-quarter basis. He is hands down the most inconsistent member of the St. Louis Rams.
You don’t have to look far for proof of my accusation.
Once again I’m going to revert back to last week’s 36-33 win in Denver. In the first half the play-calling was the best it’s been all season. Sam Bradford led the Rams to 289 yards on 42 plays and 26 points. In the second half the story was much different, only 164 yards on 36 plays and only managed to put 10 on the board.
I don’t understand why the results change against similar opponents. It’s not as if the offense is turning the ball over because–they aren’t. The 50 million dollar man-boy has only thrown two picks over the past seven games.
The Rams had a chance to make a statement against the beaten-down Cards. They should’ve scored 39 points, not 19, and had 400 total yards, not 288.
All the talk I hear about how Pat Shurmur is the main reason for Bradford’s success makes me want to punch a baby that looks like Pat Shurmur. Ok maybe not a baby.
Bradford and the Rams have succeeded this season in spite of Shurmur. Not the other way around, my friends.
Saints Won’t Be Very Saint-like
The Rams could be in some serious trouble come next week. A trip to New Orleans to face the defending champs is no picnic. Not in September, not now, and definitely not in the playoffs.
Steve Spagnuolo has a tough week ahead preparing for one of the most dynamic and accurate quarterbacks in NFL history. If he expects his team to win or at least stay competitive, it’s going to take a Super Bowl XLll caliber game plan.
The emotional toll of a road loss to the defending champs is certainly enough to derail this young team with a rookie leader. If the Rams lose this game badly, I expect the season to be over with no postseason.
As for the Sains, they’re battling with Atlanta for tops in the NFC South. No question there’s plenty at stake in this matchup.
Agree? Disagree? How do you see the Rams’ offense progressing as the season winds down? Think Steve Spagnuolo’s defense will hold up? Think Sam Bradford wins ROY?
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Written by Bear Heiser
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