Sam Bradford is playing lights out football in this early season. He led the Rams to a come back victory against the Redskins last week and nearly pulled of the upset against the Detroit Lions in week one. His early stats reflect the type of performances he has displayed in the first two weeks. After two weeks of football Sam Bradford statistically is one the the NFL’s best quarterbacks. He ranks third in quarterback rating at 112.4, third in completion percentage at 71.7 and fourth in yard per completion at 8.7. Can he keep his hot streak going against the Chicago Bears and that veteran defense. In order to do so Bradford and the Rams offense must do three things; protect the quarterback, run the ball and limit turnovers. Lets evaluate these keys:
- Protect the quarterback: The Rams offensive line has been shuffled around since week one. And going into week three they are going to have a different starting five protecting Sam Bradford. It is very important that the offensive line gives Bradford time to throw the ball against one of the best pass rushing defenses in the NFL. The Bears have recorded eight sacks in two weeks, which is second in the NFL. The Bears do not use exotic blitzes and are able to keep the pressure on quarterbacks with their high throttle defensive line lead by Julius Peppers. Honestly I don’t believe that the offensive line is capable of stopping the Bears D-Line, that’s why the Rams must run the ball. Which is my second key to victory for the Rams.
- Run the Ball: Steven Jackson is the workhorse for the Rams, and nearly unstoppable. Teams have to put eight in the box in order to stop him, which will open up the Rams passing game. With the possibility of him not playing Sunday or not being 100%, backup running back Daryl Richardson has to have another stellar outing. By pounding the Bears and controlling the ball the Rams should be able to pull off a victory. Unless, they turn the ball over.
- Protect the ball: The Bears have forced seven turnovers in two weeks, four interception and three fumble recoveries. Running the ball will keep the heat off Sam Bradford and reduce the chances of him throwing and interception against the Bears ball hawking defense. Also in the case that Jackson does not play, young Richardson needs to keep two hands on the ball, and take what yards he can get. The Bears are known for holding backs up and ripping the ball free.
If Rams continue to play according the the philosophy of their head coach Jeff Fisher and Sam Bradford continues his excellent play, the Rams will end the weekend 2-1.
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