QB Sam Bradford - Free Agent
|6-4, 236||Born: 11-8-1987||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 1, pick 1 (2010)|
2018 Week 1 vs WAS (20 / 34 / 153 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Bradford and the Arizona offense barely saw the field in the first half, both because of Washington's offensive efficiency and Arizona's own inefficiency, logging a mere 14 plays. Bradford's first half play of note was nearly throwing an interception on a slant route to Christian Kirk as the offense sputtered to 36 total yards. Bradford found more rhythm in the second half, delivering a long accurate throw to Larry Fitzgerald on a corner route for more than 25 yards and another deep out to Fitzgerald to get Arizona finally into Washington territory late in the third quarter. Washington playing prevent defense as the second half progressed with a big lead did play a part in Arizona finally moving the ball. Bradford's handful of successful throws downfield, however, was marred by an overthrow of a wide open Ricky Seals-Jones for an easy interception and an underthrow of Seals-Jones in the end zone in the closing minutes. To end the game, Bradford was stripped of the ball in the closing seconds. Without a notable deep threat, Arizona will need to see improvement from Bradford with intermediate and short route ball placement and see more receiver separation in the coming weeks.
2018 Week 2 vs LAR (17 / 27 / 90 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Against the Rams was another game to forget for Sam Bradford in Week 2. Once again the offensive line and run game set up plenty of third-and-long situations, plus the game script was out of control early with a hearty deficit. Bradford was uncharacteristically inaccurate on a handful of routine throws also contributing to the team's offensive futility. The first half saw Arizona struggle to stay on the field for more than three offensive plays at a time with the second half not substantially better, even with garbage time in the fourth quarter. Bradford's third down situations were difficult overall with long yardage and typically early pressure from the Rams' formidable defensive front. Even when down by three scores in the second half, the play calling was conservative for Arizona and they struggled to produce anything notable down the field. The clock is ticking on Bradford as the starter if the offense does not improve in the coming weeks with first-round pick Josh Rosen the clear future of the position and the team off to an abysmal 0-2 start without being competitive in either game.
2018 Week 3 vs CHI (13 / 19 / 157 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
After two poor games to open the season, this week against Chicago got off to an ideal start with two early touchdowns. Bradford hit Christian Kirk on third down and capped a drive with a wide open Ricky Seals-Jones on a corner route touchdown. Minutes later and staked in scoring range from a turnover, Bradford hit David Johnson for another score. The offensive explosion was short-lived as Bradford had a sack-fumble on third down and then a sack on third down with the team on the edge of field goal range to thwart another drive. Bradford threw a long interception in the vicinity of J.J. Nelson and another turnover came on a low throw into double coverage. The turnovers continued with a lost fumble as Bradford uncharacteristically decided to scramble in field goal range. Bradford was benched in favor of Josh Rosen with four minutes to play and Arizona trailing by two points. Rosen flashed a few promising throws and Bradford's time under center may have ended with three straight uninspiring games to open the season.
2017 Week 1 vs NO (27 / 32 / 346 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
Bradford looked like an elite quarterback behind a completely retooled offensive line. The starting unit did not have a single snap together before today, not even in the preseason. Bradford was only sacked one time and was able to pick on rookie corners and a Saints defense that was supposed to have been rebuilt. Bradford found Thielen on several crossing patterns for big gains and was lights out on third down. Bradford found Stefon Diggs for two of his three touchdowns and his big tightend to seal the victory. Bradford methodically moved the Vikings down the field and seemed to lead almost every receiver perfectly so they could run after the catch. The best play of the night came on Diggs acrobatic catch from the two-yard line late in the second half. Bradford put the ball up in the air where only Diggs could come down with it for the Vikings second touchdown. Bradford to Thielen was the connection of the night as the duo connected on 9 of their 10 attempts for 157-yards.
2017 Week 5 vs CHI (5 / 11 / 36 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Bradford was supposed to come back and relive his magic from week one against the Saints. However, he looked more like he should have spent another week on the bench recovering. Bradford was slow all night and had no mobility in the pocket. Bradford was sacked four times and lost 35 yards on the night. The offensive line is a weak spot for the Vikings, but Bradford did nothing to help out in escaping the pass rush. The last sack before Bradford being pulled came when his center was pushed straight back into him and he fell without being touched by the defender. Bradford's status for next week is uncertain but he clearly reaggravated his knee injury and is trending towards not playing against Green Bay.
2016 Week 2 vs GB (22 / 31 / 286 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
The good news is, Sam Bradford looked much better than what you would expect for a guy who has had a playbook for about two weeks. Overall he looked sharp, was accurate and seemed to be in sync with Stefon Diggs, who had a huge day because of it. Unfortunately, the Vikings offensive line continues to struggle and Bradford was under some sort of pressure on half of the 35 drop-backs he was on. Bradford did throw for two nice touchdowns on the day. The first was an 8-yard pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph late in the first half. On the play, Rudolph drove safety Morgan Burnett off the line and into the end zone before cutting towards the back corner. Bradford was under pressure, but got the ball out quickly and placed it to the outside shoulder of his tight end, where the defender couldn't get to it. The second touchdown pass was to Diggs, late in the third quarter with the Vikings up 10-7. On the play, Bradford was again under pressure as defensive tackle Mike Daniels slipped through the line. The quarterback saw Diggs gaining separation though, and uncorked 25-yard pass right into Diggs' hands in the end zone. Bradford did give his new team a scare when his non-throwing hand smashed into Clay Matthews' helmet. After heading into the locker-room for X-Rays, Bradford returned to the game. His pinky and wrist were swollen but it does not seem to be an injury the Vikings are concerned with.
2016 Week 3 vs CAR (18 / 28 / 171 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
The Carolina Panthers came out hard at Sam Bradford, and he struggled in the first half behind a bad offensive line. Bradford was hit repeatedly early on as the Panthers pass rush was too much for the blocking on the line and by the running backs. That all changed at the start of the third quarter. The offensive line still struggled at times, but they were more consistent overall and the backs did a better job on their blocks as well. With time, Bradford looked very comfortable once again in this offense, trusted his receivers to make plays and moved the ball down the field efficiently. He capped his first drive of the second half with a very nice pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph. While Rudolph was covered, Bradford was confident enough in his receiver to throw the ball anyway and let Rudolph make the play, which he did. Bradford was 14 of 17 in the second half and the Carolina Panthers had no way to slow he and the passing offense down.
2016 Week 4 vs NYG (26 / 36 / 262 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 6 / 0 rush)
Increasingly comfortable in this offense, Sam Bradford has found his rhythm with the receivers on the Vikings and really spread the ball out on Monday, hitting nine different players throughout the evening including forgotten guys like Cordarrelle Patterson and Charles Johnson. Bradford isn't working with a limited playbook and, in fact, it seems as if the playbook has opened up more in general by adding guys like Patterson back in. This is still a Norv Turner offense, though, which means it likes to dink and dunk a bit and runs almost as much as it passes (33 run plays versus 36 passing plays). The Vikings play the short and intermediate game and then mix in some deep shots on occasion. He was three-of-four on throws over 20 yards per Pro Football Focus' Monday night grades, and while he overthrew receivers on occasion, Bradford continues to look good in this offense. Probably the one pass he'd like back the most was a fade to tight end Kyle Rudolph in the first quarter. The Giants were confused on coverage, and briefly there wasn't even anyone on Rudolph but Bradford didn't get the snap off quickly enough to take advantage, then he threw the ball just off target. Bradford also got better-than-usual blocking Monday night, and that gave him plenty of time to hit his marks. His one touchdown came in the second quarter on a 7-yard completion to--for the third game in a row--Kyle Rudolph. On the play, Bradford had plenty of time to wait for Rudolph to complete his route, which he did with precision to get the inside space on the defender. Bradford easily hit him for the score.
2016 Week 5 vs HOU (22 / 30 / 271 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Bradford got into a rhythm early Sunday, hitting three of his first four passes, including a 36-yard touchdown to Adam Thielen. On that play, Thielen threw a nice double-move on Houston cornerback Jonathan Joseph, getting wide open for Bradford to deliver a strike to him for a score. Consistent and smooth throughout the day, Bradford was able to shift down the throttle in the second half, throwing just a dozen passes with the Vikings well in the lead. He wasn't idle, though, and threw his second touchdown to Cordarrelle Patterson early in the fourth quarter. It was the sort of throw which Bradford has executed a lot in Minnesota--a pass where his receiver had to make a play, but Bradford clearly trusted he would. Lately that target has been Kyle Rudolph, but this time it was Patterson. While the receiver was pretty well covered, Bradford still threw the pass, and Patterson had to aggressively go after the ball to make the catch. But Bradford clearly knows his guys can and will do that--even a player like Patterson who was almost invisible prior to last week. We have to wonder if that trust also allows Bradford to stand in the pocket and deliver a completion as he gets hammered, as he was on a Jarius Wright pass at the end of the first quarter. Bradford knows his guys will leave it all out on the field, and clearly is willing to do the same. Overall, Bradford's Sunday was very impressive considering the Houston Texans are a tough defense even without JJ Watt and the Vikings offense was without Stefan Diggs and with a banged up Kyle Rudolph. Bradford is completely comfortable in this offense and as the offensive line is blocking well for him, he's producing very good games.
2016 Week 8 vs CHI (23 / 37 / 228 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It might be hyperbole but Sam Bradford was once again under constant siege from the defense as his offensive line continued to play in ways that make a dumpster fire embarrassed to be associated with them. Breaking down the line last week looks much like doing so this week, and it's hard to see what the solution is mid-season as nothing they have done works and options are limited. As with the Eagles last week, the Bears didn't even have to blitz, doing so just two times while generating another twelve pressures anyway. On plays where he was pressured, Bradford was either sacked or limited to short passes. Also, despite connecting eight times, Bradford and receiver Stefon Diggs still don't seem to be on the same page. On one play, Diggs ran a streak when Bradford clearly expected him to come back, and so the pass was wildly short. On another pass, Diggs beat the coverage on a go route down the middle of the field and Bradford over threw him. The two did hook up for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. On the play, Diggs went down the middle of the field again, on a shorter route, and Bradford delivered a nice throw over the head of the defender. Diggs had to jump up and extend himself to make the catch, but did so for the lone Vikings touchdown of the night.
2016 Week 9 vs DET (31 / 40 / 273 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
With the change from Norv Turner to Pat Shurmur, the Vikings finally seemed to adjust the playcalling to cover up the disastrous offensive line so that the ball came out of Bradford's hand as quickly as possible. The result was a lot of short pass attempts and not many downfield shots. For the most part, Bradford played well, avoiding big mistakes and the offense was in good rhythm. It just couldn't find the end zone often enough. The one touchdown Bradford threw was the result of blown coverage by the Lions, who left tight end Kyle Rudolph alone near the rear of the end zone. His most entertaining moment was when a pass he threw was batted back to him, he caught it and ran for five yards. Overall, despite the loss this was a good first step in trying to right the offense, and Bradford looked much more comfortable with what Pat Shurmur tried to do.
2016 Week 10 vs WAS (31 / 40 / 307 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford played a solid game until the last quarter, when he threw a pick and then on the last drive took a bad sack. His interception was brutal both in timing and execution. On the play, Bradford had plenty of time as he dropped back and a seemingly clear look at Adam Thielen, who it appeared he was staring down. He failed to see linebacker Preston Smith dropping into coverage and threw directly to him. Despite this, the Vikings were still just 6 points behind as the fourth quarter wound down. The offense got to the Washington 11-yard line with 40 seconds left. Bradford then took a bad sack, which set the unit back 14 yards. An incomplete pass and another sack, and that was the ballgame. He did throw for a pair of touchdowns. One, a 20-yard score to tight end Kyle Rudolph was mostly due to Rudolph being wide open on the sideline and gaining a nice block as he ran to the end zone. The other was a very nice play call which had Adam Thielen go in motion and set up in the backfield, then run out on a short screen route. He was wide open for an easy pass. Both scores came in the second quarter, and Washington tightened up in the second half and the Vikings didn't score again.
2016 Week 11 vs ARI (20 / 28 / 169 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The Vikings did an excellent job shifting focus based on the attention the Arizona Cardinals gave their receivers. Sam Bradford only targeted a well-covered Stefon Diggs once in the first half, instead going to Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph when they actually had the ball--which was only 9:09 minutes in the first half. The Cardinal defense shifted their attention a little, freeing up Diggs for all six of his catches, totaling 37 yards. On the whole, Bradford was effective for three quarters - moving the offense methodically down the field and avoiding big mistakes. He still had issues with the offensive line, which allowed him to be hit seven times and sacked twice for 24 yards total loss. Bradford also imploded at the end of the game for the second week in a row, taking a bad sack and fumbling the ball, the result of which was a drive which ended with a Carson Palmer touchdown pass, pulling the Cardinals to within a touchdown. Luckily, Palmers' offensive line was worse than the Vikings and his next two drives ended in a punt and a fourth down sack. Overall, Bradford didn't have much time to work with in the first half, but he had more success in the second half until that last drive. Luckily, it didn't cost the team this week.
2016 Week 12 vs DET (31 / 37 / 224 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was only a matter of time before it happened, but happen it did. Sam Bradford has made terrible decisions in the fourth quarter of the last three games--bad sacks, poorly thought out throws--all drive killing mistakes. This time, that mistake--a fourth quarter pick with less than a minute to go--cost the Vikings a shot at a win in overtime. Adam Thielen ran a short route and had position on his defender, but what Bradford didn't see was Darius Slay release his receiver and curl back in towards Thielen. The ball was thrown where it probably should have gone, but Thielen didn't have a chance. Ironically, this is what the Vikings have done defensively for the last few weeks--bait quarterbacks into throwing at receivers who are double covered by hiding that second defender. Slay could do this because the Vikings have very little ability or desire to go deep. Slay could gamble Bradford wouldn't go deep because Bradford doesn't go deep. The Lions also had a safety over the top to cover Slay's receiver, so the risk was mitigated. According to Pro Football Focus, Bradford only threw passes past ten yards downfield three times and his 3.5 yards average ties him for the lowest in a single game this season. The Vikings have no offensive line, and no run game so they went for dink and dunk. Bradford managed that fine for three quarters, but his one mistake cost the Vikings the game.
2016 Week 13 vs DAL (32 / 45 / 247 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Even when the Minnesota Vikings threaten with downfield passes, they can't get a completion. Numerous times the coverage was too good by the Dallas Cowboys, so the Vikings went underneath. That made the impact of all the other offensive issues--miscues, penalties, atrocious line play--even worse. If it wasn't for an outstanding defensive effort, the game would not have been close. It was close, however, and after an 18-yard completion to Adam Thielen, Bradford dinked, dunked and donked his way down the field, capping off an 8-play, 65-yard drive with an easy touchdown pass to running back Jerrick Mckinnon (who almost fell over on his route). McKinnon appeared to be dragging across the front of the offensive line, then cut back to the flat where he was wide open. The Vikings had to go for a two-point conversion, but immediately took a false start penalty, pushing them back to the seven yard line. The Cowboys easily brought pressure on Bradford, who made an awful throw out of the end zone. He appeared to be hit in the face on the play, and there should have been a flag and another chance at the conversion, but that doesn't take away how skittish he was in getting rid of the ball when he desperately needed to try and extend the play.
2016 Week 14 vs JAX (24 / 34 / 292 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)
While Bradford was able to move the ball up and down the field, it took until the fourth quarter to punch the ball into the end zone. A large portion of that was because the Vikings have no running game and were forced to be more one dimensional in the red zone, which stalled it. Bradford's touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph was a quick strike. Bradford rolled to his right and zipped the ball to his tight end, who was wide open on a short out route. The pass was quick, as the Jacksonville Jaguars brought a lot of pressure, something they did all day. Despite this as well as losing guard Brandon Fusco, Bradford was able to go deep much more frequently--and effectively--than we have seen him attempt in some time. This is not an insignificant thing, as the Jaguars have a solid defense. While the offensive line was brutal blocking on run plays, it performed admirably on passing plays, allowing no sacks and few quarterback hits. With time, Bradford showed he can still be an effective passer, including downfield.
2016 Week 15 vs IND (32 / 42 / 291 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
While Bradford compiled a relatively pretty box score, it's the interception and strip-sack which really tell the tale. Mind you, the offensive line issues continue to cause disaster and put Bradford in situations where he is at a disadvantage from the snap. Even against a weak Colts defense, Bradford was constantly under pressure. That said, even he admitted his choices could have been better. "You know, I was probably just being greedy" he said according to a transcript of his post-game presser provided by the Vikings PR department. "I forced it and I just can't do that especially late in the half. The last thing you want to do is give them the ability to score again. I just can't make that throw." Bradford should have seen safety Mike Adams in his passing lane, and if he did, had to make a better throw. He was picked off again on an equally badly thought out pass to Jerrick McKinnon, but was bailed out by a questionable roughing the passer flag. In both cases Bradford threw the ball right at a defender. This is the biggest issue with Bradford's play over the second half of the season. Yes, he has struggled because the line is a mess, but Bradford has repeatedly shown poor decision-making in games, often late. This game was out of control early and much of Bradford's yardage was due to volume. His 9 yards per completion average continues to be the result of the dink and dunk offensive scheme, which also limits the ceiling of his receivers' production.
2016 Week 16 vs GB (34 / 50 / 382 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Bradford threw the ball fifty times on Sunday, which is by no means optimal against a solid Green Bay Packers defense, but he completed 68 percent of those passes. As has been the case since Pat Shurmur took over as offensive coordinator, the gameplan mostly consisted of short passes, with an average of 7.64 yards per throw. Bradford has averaged 6.99 yards per attempt on the season, so this was a high water mark for the year, but he ranks 19th overall in that stat for this season, well behind the pack. That said, the Vikings really had no choice as Saturday marked their seventh different starting offensive line combination of the season. As if to remind us how that's a bad thing, center Nick Easton misfired a snap into his own behind, fumbling the ball and turning it over to the Packers in the second quarter. It's been that sort of season. The short-range offense the Vikings feature has been the team in survival mode, doing all they could to keep Bradford healthy. That doesn't mean Bradford can't air it out a bit, as he did on a 71-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen. On that play, Bradford rolled out to his right and spotted Thielen as he juked a defender with a nice double-move and broke free. Bradford aired the ball out with a 30-yard throw, and two Green Bay defenders collided behind the play, leaving Thielen free to run the last 31 yards for the score. Bradford also found Stefon Diggs for a score--the first time they hooked up since Week 8--on a nicely thrown ball into the end zone and then hit Thielen for a second score along the back of the end zone in the fourth quarter. Both the second touchdown to Thielen and the one to Diggs came with the game well out of hand and the Packers playing a more relaxed defense, but more of Bradford's yards came in the first half, as he only added 151 of his 382 yards in the third and fourth quarters. As he has too often over the last month or so, Bradford also fumbled the ball without help from his center's rear end, as he got crushed from behind by linebacker Clay Matthews and coughed up the ball.
2016 Week 17 vs CHI (25 / 33 / 250 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 24 / 0 rush)
While it wasn't a great season, Bradford managed to set the record for season-completion percentage with 71.6 passes complete. This is, however, what you can do when you dink and dunk around the field for so many games. Despite the short-passing offense, he also reached a career milestone for yards in a season with 3,877 yards and had his second highest touchdown total with 20. He threw for a trio of touchdowns for the second game in a row, this time picking on a relatively inept Bears defense which had no answers for tight end Kyle Rudolph who was wide open for his 22-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Bradford looked solid, but didn't stretch the field or do much different than he has all season.
2015 Week 1 vs ATL (36 / 52 / 336 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford had a stellar preseason and generated a lot of late-round quarterback buzz because of it. After one half of real football, that buzz slowly faded as owners realized that they, in fact, drafted Sam Bradford. He looked sloppy from the start, mistiming his throws or flat out missing his receivers. The pass protection didn't make things easy, either. Bradford was under constant pressure, forcing him to check-down quicker than he could set his feet. That pressure eventually spawned a pair of interceptions, one in each half, though only one of those was solely his fault. He finished the first half with a 55 percent completion rate and one interception to no touchdowns. But things turned around in the third and fourth quarters. In their second possession, the Eagles started deep in their own territory whereupon Bradford looked sharp and decisive operating out of the no-huddle, eventually finding the end zone for the first and only time via a short pass to DeMarco Murray. Overall, penalties and pressure destroyed what looked to be a nice matchup. But Chip Kelly's no-huddle, high-volume system still produced enough points to make Bradford's first start as an Eagle not a total loss.
2015 Week 2 vs DAL (23 / 37 / 224 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Bradford came into the week highly ranked and barely managed to deliver more fantasy points than his opponent, Tony Romo, despite Romo leaving the game with a shoulder injury. Bradford's inaccuracy throughout the game wasn't assisted by his receivers, who did a poor job of creating separation and dropped a number of on-target throws. But he was lucky not to have three interceptions. In the second half, Bradford was blinded by pressure and forced a throw into tight coverage that his receiver had no chance of securing, but the ball mercifully fell incomplete. After a strip sack set him up with nice field position, Bradford missed Nelson Agholor at the back of the end zone, then failed to look off coverage and planted a pass intended for Zach Ertz into the lap of Sean Lee, who easily made the interception and ended the series. In fact, both of his interceptions were targeted for Ertz, the second of which bounced off of Ertz's hands into the gloves of the defender. Bradford saved part of his day on a fourth down touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews, but flunked half of his red zone opportunities and looked out of sorts for most of the game.
2015 Week 3 vs NYJ (14 / 28 / 118 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Bradford's pass attempts have been on a steady decline since he opened the season with 52. Last week he finished with 37 and attempted even fewer this week with 28. But fantasy production isn't entirely tied to volume. Efficiency proves to be more fertile and Bradford has been anything but. After completing just 14 passes on Sunday, his season completion rate is now below 45 percent with a bottom-ranked 5.8 yards per attempt. Not all of it is on him. His wide receivers and running backs dropped a healthy share of catchable passes that could have gone for big plays. But there's clearly some communication issues that are being amplified by his inaccuracy, which may explain why he is being reined in. The offensive line gave him a comfortable pocket for most of the game. When things broke apart, Bradford did a good job of shedding the rush by rolling out and finding a safe location to place the ball. Hence, no interceptions. But he still suffers from a combination of indecisions and his teammates not breaking coverage. This offense will continue to stutter if those two issues aren't corrected.
2015 Week 4 vs WAS (15 / 28 / 270 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford will finally climb out of the yards-per-attempt cellar after connecting on passes of 62, 45, 39 and 30 yards. This was by far his best game of the season, despite completing only 54 percent of passes. He had his usual timing issues, including overthrowing Jordan Matthews in the end zone before halftime. But was otherwise sharp. His intermediate throws had zip and his deep ball was perfect. When the pocket collapsed, a reoccurring theme, Bradford showed off his mobility by rolling out while keeping his eyes down the field. He even added a 14-yard scramble on third and long to pick up a first down. His first touchdown of the game came in the first possession of the second half. After a holding penalty set up a long second down, Bradford took a play-action shotgun, stepped up into a clean pocket and launched a perfect deep bomb that went for 62 yards to the end zone. His next possession was setup deep in Washington territory after a penalty. This time the protection wasn't there, but Bradford was able to evade a sack and throw on the run to Brent Celek, who fell into the end zone for a score. His third and final touchdown once again came on play-action, and once again Bradford launched a perfect deep strike to Miles Austin, hitting him in stride for 39 yards. If this version of Bradford (he finished with his second best career passer rating of 122.6) shows up every Sunday, the Eagles season might actually live up to the hype and compete in the NFC East.
2015 Week 5 vs NO (32 / 45 / 333 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
On paper, Sam Bradford turned in his best game of the season, clocking in a 71.1 completion percentage, which is his highest since Week 8 of the 2012 season (minimum 18 pass attempts). But it wasn't without it's ugly moments. With the Eagles offense having no trouble cutting through the Saints defense, Bradford killed a pair of great drives with interceptions in the end zone on back-to-back series. Both interceptions were the result of bad throws and worse decisions. Nearing halftime, various social media accounts were calling for Mark Sanchez, which says a lot. He would, however, turn it around by firing accurate passes and connecting with nine different receivers. His first touchdown came off of a play-action fake with Bradford rolling left and finding Josh Huff, who took it to the end zone for 41 yards. That play looks a lot better on the stat sheet than it did on the field: Huff got lucky when two defenders ran into each other and basically gave him an open look. Bradford's other touchdown was also thanks to a generous defense. Brent Celek leaked out of the formation, totally forgotten, and Bradford found him for an easy, wide-open touchdown in the back corner of the end zone. But for most of the day, Kelly hid Bradford behind a heavy and successful rushing attack. He made several good throws, had a few dropped, and threw a few head-scratchers. All things being equal, if not for a solid game from his offensive line and running backs, this could have been an ugly day.
2015 Week 6 vs NYG (24 / 38 / 280 / 1 / 3 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)
It's not often a quarterback can throw three interceptions and still get credited with a win. Bradford managed to do just that against the Giants. One of the three can't be faulted to him, as his receiver stopped well short of the route and the ball sailed into the waiting arms of a defender. The other two interceptions, however, were solely on Bradford. Both of them were intended for Zach Ertz and both of them were bad decisions a smarter quarterback doesn't make. Accuracy concerns and questionable decision making are a bad combination and a reoccurring theme with Bradford, who has become a liability in this offense. He now has thrown the second most interceptions in the league and his completion percentage is well below the league average. Even his one touchdown pass, a streamer over the top the defense on a play-action, was a bit underthrown. Don't be surprised to see Kelly rein him in and attempt to hide him behind a firm rushing attack. Bradford's mistakes in this contest were covered by tremendous defense, including a pick-six, but many more going forward and we might see a quarterback change.
2015 Week 7 vs CAR (26 / 46 / 205 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Bradford faced a tough defense in Carolina that features an up-and-coming superstar cornerback. For the most part, he played well despite what the box score might lead you to believe. His throws balanced strength and accuracy with efficiency by connecting with eight different receivers. Unfortunately, his offensive line couldn't keep the pocket clean, and even when they did, his receivers allowed a few key drives to stutter with drops. His one interception was the result of Jordan Matthews letting the pass slip through his hands and into the arms of a fortunate cornerback. Bradford had a few opportunities in the end zone but those opportunities were smothered by either great defensive plays, or not-so-great receiver plays. All told, he was smart with the football. He connected with eight different receivers and kept plays alive by abandoning the pocket as necessary. With the offensive line missing their most important player, and the running game bottled up by a stifling defense for most of the night, the fact that the Eagles were even in this game is because Bradford played mostly mistake-free football.
2015 Week 9 vs DAL (25 / 36 / 295 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
For the first time since Week 4, Sam Bradford played a clean game and didn't turn the ball over once. With a major assist from his running backs, he was able to keep his eyes down the field and had a comfortable pocket for most of the night. The first half was the ugly half. Bradford and Co. opened the game with three straight punts before finally putting together a touchdown drive about midway through the second quarter. That score should have been a touchdown to Jordan Matthews, but the pass, which was batted down, was a little tight and should have led the receiver more. The two later connected with a game-winner in overtime on a perfectly timed throw-and-catch deep across the middle (hat-tip to the Cowboys safeties for taking bad angles). But the reason they needed overtime, aside from horrid defensive play, was their 23 percent third down efficiency (3/13). Some of that can be blamed on Bradford not throwing the ball down the field. This offense seems to be stuck on repeat with underneath routes that don't stretch the defense. So when six yards are needed for the first, they're getting five. It's possible Chip Kelly is trying to hide his quarterback a bit and relying more on the running game. It's also possible the Eagles don't have a deep threat, especially with rookie Nelson Agholor injured. In any case, Bradford did a good job of feeling pressure and rolling when needed, and stood tall in the pocket when possible. Altogether, he successfully managed the game.
2015 Week 10 vs MIA (19 / 25 / 236 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford looked great to start the day. His first pass went for 60 yards on a catch-and-run to Brent Celek (the pass was 10 yards; Celek did the rest). A few plays later on third and short, Bradford was chased out of the pocket, rolled right, slipped a tackler and pivoted back to the left to find Josh Huff wide open at the back of the endzone. His next series was setup with great field position after a safety. Bradford once again found Celek for 20 and ultimately rode his running backs to a 10-play touchdown drive. But that would be the final touchdown drive. Bradford ended the half with a nice looking stat line: 16 completions on 20 attempts for 196 yards and one touchdown. Things came unraveled in the third quarter. Pressure, penalties and miscommunications kept the Eagles offense in check. Bradford fumbled twice and was sacked twice. One of those sacks ended his day.
2015 Week 13 vs NE (14 / 24 / 120 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The Eagles were a mess without Sam Bradford, who made his first start since Week 10. If there's a perfect way to reintroduce your otherwise unstable quarterback, it's by asking him to do little while protecting him a lot. That's exactly the way it worked out. Thanks to special teams and defense, he was needed only to do the thing he does best: manage the game. With a hat-tip to the offensive line, he was able to operate cleanly out of the pocket and took only one sack. The running game kept pressure off while the Eagles defense kept the game in check. The net result was Bradford attempting only 24 passes. Even though the box score is less than flattering, he looked confident and sharp, finding Zach Ertz on a third down for a score when the game was tilting against the Eagles 0-14. Then, late in the fourth, up two scores, he delivered the nail with a touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews, who had beat two defenders a on a shallow cross. All things being equal, Bradford put together a solid effort and kept his team alive in a broken NFC East.
2015 Week 14 vs BUF (23 / 38 / 247 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford had a solid afternoon against a Bills' secondary missing its best player. His first pass attempt was a perfect 42-yard bomb to Riley Cooper, but Cooper wasn't able to secure the ball and the ruling of a catch was overturned. He then connected on his next four including a 21-yard laser to Zach Ertz. The highlight of the game came on their fourth series. After two consecutive holding penalties pushed them into a 1st-and-30 scenario, Bradford dialed up a long ball by stepping up into the pocket and hitting Nelson Agholor in perfect stride for a 53-yard touchdown. It was a perfect throw that demonstrated both deep ball accuracy and pocket awareness. It also helped that Agholor finished his route and found a soft spot between two defenders. The rest of Bradford's day was comprised mostly of dink-and-dunk short passes, with the exception of a couple of long balls. His 41-yarder to Ertz late in the fourth was a pass behind the line of scrimmage, of which Ertz did the rest. When it was all said and done, Bradford connected on 60.5 percent of his passes with one touchdown to one interception. The interception should be credited to Brent Celek. The throw was somewhat high but the placement was good. Celek had the ball ripped out of his hands by a defender after initially catching it. It was otherwise mistake-free football from the Eagles' passer, with exception an ugly sack right before the final two-minute warning. Working backwards, Bradford chose not to throw the ball away and instead occurred a 15-yard loss on third down with his team only up by three. His defense bailed him out a few plays later with an interception to end the game.
2015 Week 15 vs ARI (28 / 41 / 361 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
It may have been in a losing effort but Sam Bradford played a solid game on Sunday night. First with the bad: he did turn the ball over three times. Both of his interceptions came in the fourth quarter and both were on him. The first one was thrown behind Ryan Mathews and read perfectly by the inside linebacker, who jumped the pass and took it the other way for a score. The other interception came late in the game and was just a duck of a throw intended for Riley Cooper. His other turnover was a strip-sack fumble that we'll blame on the left tackle. But turnovers aside, the rest of his game was good. He connected with seven different receivers and completed nearly 70 percent of his passes. He was seeing the field well and played smart, yet aggressive, football (at least until the fourth quarter). He was briefly hurt but only ended up missing one play, which says a lot about his mental toughness. Considering the Cardinals defense presents a hard challenge, this was an encouraging game from Bradford--if not for those late interceptions.
2015 Week 16 vs WAS (37 / 56 / 380 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford executed career highs in attempts, completions and passing yards in Week 16. His deep ball accuracy was outstanding, as he completed seven passes of at least 16 yards, including the very first play: a rocket pass to Nelson Agholor for 18 yards. Later that same series, he placed a perfect deep shot to Josh Huff down the left side line that would have gone for six if not for defensive pass interference. To go along with premier deep ball execution, Bradford excelled at decision-making and ball-protection on Saturday night. The pressure often got there-mostly thanks to the left tackle who apparently removed himself from the game in the fourth quarter-but he was able to swim the pocket and improvise as necessary, all without creating a turnover, and all while connecting with 10 different receivers. He did, however, miss on a few throws that would have accounted for big gains and/or touchdowns, such as deep toss to a wide open Zach Ertz who would have galloped untouched into the end zone. But his receivers committed a few errors as well. If not for those misthrows and errors, Bradford's stat line might have been closer to 500 yards and three touchdowns, the Eagles would be still in the hunt for a playoff berth, and Chip Kelly would still have a job.
2015 Week 17 vs NYG (30 / 38 / 320 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
There were times this season that Sam Bradford looked like a bad investment. There were other times, such as these last few games, where he looked every bit capable of leading any offense to a playoff berth. That berth isn't in the cards this year, but he was excellent in his last showing of the 2015 season. The running game helped alleviate pressure for most of the afternoon, highlighted with a 54-yard touchdown to open things up. As a result, Bradford connected on 79 percent of his throws on his way to one of the most efficient performances of his career. His one interception came as a result of a batted pass that could have been a touch higher, but it was hardly a result of inaccuracy or poor decision-making - two things that are generally to blame for turnovers by quarterbacks. There were a couple of throws that were off the mark, neither of which held any negative consequence. He also put a few passes right on the numbers that were dropped by his receivers. In the end, Bradford closed out the season with an encouraging performance. Even if his final stat line of 3,725 passing yards (a career high) with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions won't win him any Hall of Fame vouchers, look for him to excel in 2016.
2013 Week 1 vs ARI (27 / 38 / 299 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
With new weapons Tavon Austin and Jared Cook, this is the year Sam Bradford is supposed to make the leap into the upper echelon of NFL QB's. In week 1, he made a very good first step toward that goal. Bradford was calm, cool, didn't force things, and made big plays when he needed to. The Cardinals took away the deep part of the field, so Bradford threw a lot of short passes, and kept the ball moving in the short passing game. Bradford's first big play of the game came late in the first quarter, as Jared Cook streaked down the middle of the field and Bradford threw it 25 yards and delivered it right over the linebacker's head, hitting Cook in stride. Unfortunately for Bradford, the Honey Badger knocked it out of Cook's hands just as Cook was about to walk into the endzone. But it was a perfect throw by Bradford. At the end of the half, Bradford led the Rams on a long 80 yard drive for a TD. Bradford hit four different receivers on the drive, then finished it off with a throw to Jared Cook, who streaked toward the pylon and dove in for a TD. In the third quarter, Bradford made a big error that threatened to put the game out of reach. Backed up at his own goalline, Bradford made a playaction fake, then rolled out to the right and tried to toss it to Kendricks. Unfortunately the ball was tipped by Shaughnessy, and then intercepted right in the endzone for a very easy Pick 6. After a subsequent 3 and out, the Cardinals immediately scored and things looked bleak. But Bradford closed the game out strong. On the last play of the 3rd quarter, Bradford faked to Richardson and then hit Jared Cook who was streaking across the middle of the field wide open. Cook made the reception and turned upfield for a very long gain. Bradford then finished the drive with three short passes to Tavon Austin, Brian Quick and Jared Cook, hitting them in space and letting them all do the work. The TD toss to Cook was off play-action, and Cook was wide open in the back of the endzone. Bradford got one more chance with less than 2 minutes, down by 1 point. He hit Quick for a short gain, then a few plays later hit Jared Cook for another long gain. Cook across the middle was a recurring theme, and Bradford didn't hesitate to exploit this mismatch all game long. The Rams got in field goal position and Legatron nailed the game-winner and Bradford got a big victory. The Rams played very conservatively, rarely took shots downfield, and never gave up on the running game. Despite that conservative approach, they scored 24 points, and should have had 7 more if Cook didn't fumble at the goalline. Of some concern seems to be the inability to get receivers open downfield. In the preseason game and now in game 1, big plays are all coming from Cook, and the receivers seem to be staying short. As Cook draws more attention, things should open up for the rest of the offense.
2013 Week 2 vs ATL (32 / 55 / 352 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 25 / 0 rush)
The day did not start off well for Bradford and the Rams. There were a number of things that put this team behind the 8-ball. First, penalties on punt and kickoff returns. On FOUR SEPARATE OCCASIONS, the Rams special teams were called with penalties. These penalties put the starting offense on the field at the 8, 11, 13 and 5 yard line. Being on the road, this gave the Falcons extra energy and life, and put Bradford and his young receivers in difficult situations. Then Bradford was victimized with a few drops, most notably being a drop on a simple outlet pass to Daryl Richardson. Richardson allowed the ball to hit him in the chest, it bounced off him and right into the hands of Osi Umenyiora, who returned it for a touchdown, making the score 21-0. This was the turning point of the game, as Bradford was driving the Rams deep into Falcon territory. However Bradford never seemed to lose his cool. After the interception he kept his cool and began firing downfield. First he took a shot at Tavon Austin deep, and when that fell incomplete, he then hit Chris Givens for a deep 47 yard gain down the middle fo the field. Unfortunately just as they got in the redzone, an illegal motion penalty put the Rams in a long yardage situation, and they had to settle for a field goal. In the second half, the Rams started with a three and out, and then after a nice pass to Givens for a first down on the second drive, a holding penalty put the Rams in 1st and 20, which ultimately led to another punt. In reality, these penalties, drops and mis-communications should have buried the Rams. However, give the defense credit, they hung tough and kept the Rams in the game. Finally Bradford responded with three touchdown drives in the final 18 minutes. There are really two reasons why Bradford and the offense responded. First, field position. In the three touchdown drives, they were past the 20 on all three occasions. Not being buried in the shadow of their own end-zone helped. Also, the Falcons stopped blitzing and decided to play conservatively. No doubt Falcon fans hated this strategy as Bradford ate them up in the short passing game. Time after time Schottenheimer sent 2 receivers deep and Bradford hit the underneath route with precise passes. All three td's were on short passes in which Bradford hit the open man and made the correct read. There are some definite positives for Bradford that can be gleaned from this game. First, the receiving corps and Sam got into a really nice rhythm towards the end of the game. Second, the re-emergence of Chris Givens and the heavy usage of Tavon Austin should give defenses even more to worry about in future weeks. The negatives are the drops and the penalties. Even the INT was a result of a dropped pass, and his receivers have got to do a better job of catching the easy passes. Richardson, Pettis and Austin all had big drops that set the team back. Overall Sam played very well and was impressive in his response to the huge early deficit. In the end though, the 21-0 hole was too great to climb out of, and despite Bradford's passing display, couldn't complete the comeback.
2013 Week 3 vs DAL (29 / 48 / 240 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Before this game, it had been awhile since Bradford had been sacked. Without Saffold, his Right tackle, Bradford was absolutely annihilated on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, ending that streak almost immediately. The amazing thing about the defensive pressure is that it was all done with the front four. Six sacks were registered and the Cowboys didn't even have to blitz to get them. When you can do that, you make life impossible for a QB, as there are 7 guys out there defending and you have nowhere to go with the ball. From the very beginning Bradford was hit, and the hits kept on coming the entire game. Not only was he hit, but he had at least four to six dropped passes from his receivers in his attempt at a comeback, ala week 2. But the comeback never got off the ground due to pressure and a horrible game from his receiving corps. Bradford only had one TD drive on the day, but even that drive was just painful to watch. He just couldn't get on the same page as his receivers, and when he finally connected on a short 2-yard strike to Austin Pettis, it was too little, too late. Bradford threw for 240 yards, but the vast majority of those yards came in the second half when the Cowboys were playing prevent defense and giving up the short yardage to the receivers. Bradford can't take a lot of blame here though, as the sacks and dropped passes weren't his fault. In the second half, when Bradford had time to throw, he continued to put the ball right where it needed to go. He also is dealing with a team that can't get anything done on the ground. The problem, however, is that this offense as a whole is out of sync. Short slant passes and dump-offs to Tavon Austin are not going to get it done. Bradford needs to work on his timing with his receivers and with Jared Cook. His Oline needs to do a better job of protecting him. Also, his receivers need to start catching the ball and running proper routes. Maybe Bernie Kosar was right about the receivers for St. Louis...
2013 Week 4 vs SF (19 / 41 / 202 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -4 / 0 rush)
Mike Mayock had an astute observation on this Rams offense. His observation was that it seemed as if this Rams offense was always in the redzone, no matter where they are on the field. The short routes, the short slant passes, the running game that can't do anything, it's getting to be a broken record. This vanilla offense has been completely destroyed two weeks in a row by Dallas and San Fran. Now some of this is Bradford's fault, and some of it isn't. First of all, lets make just a few excuses for Bradford. First, in the two games that his RT Saffold has missed, he has been hurried and pressured and put in very uncomfortable situations. Second, his offensive play-callers appear to have absolutely no clue how to design an NFL offense. This will be touched on as we look at each player. Finally, there is no running game at all. Without a doubt this is the worst running game in the NFL, and when the game is close, in true Fisher-style, they love to run up the middle on first down. Now the bad news. Bradford played horrendously. He started off the game decent. He hit Givens on a slant, then made a nice 3rd down throw to Austin Pettis. But instead of building on this, the OC immediately called two runs up the middle to Richardson, which netted 3 yards and put Bradford in 3rd and long. On the second drive, pressure caused Bradford to throw the ball too far and miss a wide-open Austin Pettis on 3rd and 2. At the beginning of the second quarter, Bradford led a drive that started with a strike to Givens 20 yards downfield from deep in his own territory. But then he threw a ball to Cook towards the sideline and hit Whitner right in his hands. The fact that Whitner dropped it and it landed in Cook's hands was irrelevant, as it was another terrible pass from Bradford. After that the Niners turned up the heat and Bradford fell apart. He threw an INT on the sidelines, that admittedly Quick made a poor play on, he was sacked towards the end of the game and fumbled the ball away, and the pressure caused him to go on a long streak of ineptitude. Bradford looked like a zombie and the crowd was incessantly booing him. He got a lucky TD right towards the end of the game when Kaepernick lost a fumble deep in his own territory. Any unlucky owners who started Bradford at least got something out of it, but it was too little, too late for the Rams. Bottom line is that the entire team is in a mess. Jeff Fisher and Schottenheimer were given more tools to work with, getting Jared Cook and Tavon Austin to add to the rookies that were drafted last year. Bradford is unable to create a spark, the coordinators are calling terrible plays, the Oline can't block and the running backs can't run the ball. Bradford can't take all the blame, but at some point the fingers have to point at him too.
2013 Week 5 vs JAX (19 / 34 / 222 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 4 / 0 rush)
If anyone was ever in need of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, it was Sam Bradford. After a miserable performance a week ago against the 49ers, Bradford had a do-or-die game against the Jags. The game was important for the Rams and for Bradford, because if the offense couldn't get it done against Jacksonville, what hope would they have? Bradford played efficiently, spreading the ball around, hitting open receivers and getting decent protection. Tavon Austin had 2 drops that stopped drives, and Bradford had problems hooking up with Chris Givens on deep passes. Bradford's best pass was a 31 yd strike in the 4th quarter over the head of the CB and into the hands of Austin Pettis for a TD. But he also had a missed opportunity to Chris Givens, as Givens broke deep and Bradford underthrew the ball, resulting in an incompletion. Despite the 3 td's and the solid numbers, the offense still seems out of whack, and so the good numbers most likely are a consequence of a very bad opponent. The Jaguars were actually able to get pressure on Bradford a few times, which isn't saying much about the Rams line. Without Roger Saffold, this line has been dreadful. But it was the Jags, and the line held up for most of the day, giving Bradford time to work the short passing game and put some points on the board. In the end, not much can be taken from this game. The offense and play-calling looked exactly the same, but the holes and the defenders were just far worse. If the Rams figure out how to score 30 on a good defense, then there will be reason for optimism.
2013 Week 6 vs HOU (12 / 16 / 117 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
What a difference a week makes. Somehow, Sam Bradford entered this game as the league's number 7 QB. Houston was an opponent that didn't seem to play to Bradford's strengths. But the coaching staff fed the ball to Zac Stacy, and Bradford did most of his damage on play-action. Bradford threw for 3 td's. The first TD was a play-action pass to the backup TE Harkey in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Bradford ran another play-action play on the goalline, and Kendricks bounced off a block, snuck out to the left side, and Bradford nailed him for another very easy TD. Then in the 3rd quarter, Bradford again threw a TD, hitting Brian Quick on a quick slant pass for his third TD. After that pass, which came with 7:46 to go in the third quarter, Bradford never threw another pass, due to a special teams TD and a defensive TD. The blowout and short field position led to a meager amount of yards on the day for Bradford, but he played efficient and played great on the goalline. Bradford only threw 16 passes, and although some of that was a result of being ahead by a large margin, you have to think that this is the type of run/pass ratio that Jeff Fisher wants going forward. With a real running game, Bradford looks much more comfortable. Bradford was rarely touched by Houston, and when he was rushed, he was able to get the ball out just in time. The protection was a big improvement for St. Louis, and really helped Bradford get into a rhythm. He did a great job of spreading the ball around as well, hitting 9 different receivers. Of some concern is the fact that the Rams still couldn't make anything happen downfield, which has been a problem all year. But the running game did allow Bradford to take a few shots on play-action, and hopefully he'll be able to connect on some of those throws in future weeks.
2013 Week 7 vs CAR (21 / 30 / 255 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
An intense game with tempers flaring, ejections and multitudes of penalties turned into disaster when Bradford tore his ACL with about 5 minutes to go in the game, This obviously ends his season and puts any chances the Rams had of competing for a playoff spot in serious jeopardy. Prior to the injury, Bradford was done in with dropped passes, and most notably penalties. Penalties destroyed two drives, a dropped pass destroyed a third, and a dropped touchdown ended another. The loss of Bradford puts a giant question mark on any offensive player in this system. However, I would anticipate a few players possibly benefitting from the injury. Bradford had a tendency to spread the ball around very well. It will be interesting to see if Kellen Clemens will do the same, or if he will lock onto a player or two. The loss of Bradford comes at a bad time for him. He seemed to make some improvements this year, but the offense still couldn't really get over the hump. The optimism of a week ago is now gone, and whether the Rams continue to commit to Bradford long-term, with so many young QB's coming up in the draft, is a major mystery.
2012 Week 1 vs DET (17 / 25 / 198 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford posted modest numbers against an average defense in Detroit on Sunday without the aid of a legitimate running threat. Bradford threw no interceptions and kept his team in the game at all times. Bradford was decisive in the pocket, had good protection for the most part of the game and kept WR Amendola heavily involved. He spread the ball well when he could but the Rams limited options at WR and TE could only do so much in Detroit. Bradford played with confidence and threw many strikes down the seam and over the middle of the field, targeting mostly WR Amendola who always seemed to be open. Bradford found WR Givens deep down the field on a beautiful streak pass but his WR literally dropped the ball on this and it fell incomplete. Bradford was accurate for the most part but did miss WR Amendola running down the sideline for a potential big play. His only turnover came on a blind-sided sack and strip of the ball as he got hit from behind and coughed it up. Bradford's only touchdown came late in the game as he threw a perfect over-the-shoulder fade route pattern to WR Gibson down the sideline for the score. Bradford had to carry this team on Sunday and would have had to play an almost perfect game for them to win, even though the Rams won the turnover battle also. The rest of the team must elevate and play up to Bradford's level, this loss was not his fault. The lack of playmakers elsewhere on the team was also quite evident for Bradford and St. Louis will struggle until they find some more. The Rams also stayed committed to the running game which took a bite out of QB Bradford's numbers.
2012 Week 2 vs WAS (26 / 35 / 310 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Admittedly, the former Heisman trophy winner out of Oklahoma had some tough sledding last season, throwing as many interceptions as touchdowns and suffering from a high ankle sprain for a considerable amount of the season. It should come as no surprise that a full offseason to recover has Bradford back in the saddle and poised to regain the form of his rookie season. While he was quietly efficient in Week 1 against the Lions, Bradford shined against the Redskins, hanging three hundred and ten passing yards and three touchdowns on the Washington defense for a Rams victory. St. Louis Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer developed a game plan revolving around quick, rhythmic passing to hit the holes in the Washington's zone coverage scheme. Bradford ended the day completing an efficient twenty-six of his thirty-five pass attempts in what appeared to be a ball-control passing offense. Most of his throws were of the three-step dropback variety, hitting his receivers in stride. He hit six different receivers on Sunday, though his two biggest plays came on a Danny Amendola fifty-six yard catch-and-run and a savvy touch pass to Brandon Gibson for a thirty-four yard Rams touchdown. Bradford's pass to Gibson was easily his signature play of the day. Showing great patience - and benefiting from a clean pocket - Bradford let the play develop and lofted an accurate ball to Gibson on a slant-and-go route. Gibson hauled it in to give the Rams the lead early in the third quarter. It is worth noting that Bradford missed another touchdown opportunity on another touch pass to Gibson on the Rams' first offensive possession, though Gibson was unable to get his feet down. Instant replay indicated Gibson did in fact have possession and both feet in the end zone, but Jeff Fisher decided not to challenge the call. Bradford showed patience and savvy in his other touchdown passes as well, hitting Danny Amendola between the numbers for a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and allowing tight end Matthew Mulligan to slip past the Washington defense for a one-yard touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Credit Schottenheimer for developing an ideal gameplan to take advantage of the Redskins' defensive scheme, as well as the Rams' offensive line, which dealt with a couple injuries in the game, for assisting Bradford in a nice game, but Bradford held his own in the Rams' home opener. "Poise in the pocket" is such a dreadfully overused sportswriter cliché, but Bradford had it on Sunday. His lone interception came on an end zone pass intended for Steve Smith - Redskins linebacker London Fletcher slid in front of Smith, and Bradford, who did not see Fletcher in front of Smith, tossed it into Fletcher's hands for a Rams turnover. The mistake was purely mental, as Bradford benefited from a clean pocket and, unencumbered, Bradford did not see Fletcher when he targeted Smith.
2012 Week 3 vs CHI (18 / 35 / 152 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford had a pretty good game. For a guy who was constantly under pressure with no running game and was the object of a week and a half of frustration from the Chicago defense. The Bears didn't even need to blitz to put pressure on him, getting great play from their rotating front four. They sacked Bradford six times and intercepted him twice in the 4th quarter, including one for a TD. To his credit, Bradford maintained his poise as best as possible and looked like a better QB than Jay Cutler did on the other side of the ball. The Chicago defense was just too strong and too fast. They would frequently show blitz, then drop into coverage. While Bradford marched through his progressions, the Bears came with pressure up the gut and around the edge. It didn't help that his running backs only had 45 yards rushing the ball. They simply couldn't slow down the pass rush. Both of Bradford's interceptions came in the 4th quarter, and both were caused by the solid play of Chicago CB Tim Jennings. On the first, Bradford threw a quick slant to Danny Amendola, but Jennings got into position and blocked the ball. It skipped into the waiting hands of Major Wright who returned it 45 yards for the TD. On the final series of the game, with under two minutes to play, Bradford went deep down the sideline to Brandon Gibson but the ball was off target and Jennings was right there to make the grab. It ended any chance the Rams had of getting back in the game. It also didn't help that Brandon Gibson and Lance Kendricks both dropped passes at key points in the game. It was really a testament to how well the Chicago defense played. A couple of the sacks on Bradford were really coverage sacks, where the Chicago front four just got to him too fast. One of Israel Idonije's sacks was actually due to the guard stepping on Bradford's foot as he dropped back to pass, and he fell down for the easy sack. Bradford also had a nice 10 yard run just before the half - a scramble to avoid the sack as the pocket collapsed and Bradford was able to extend the drive that eventually led to a field goal. His best pass came at the start of the third quarter - where Danny Amendola lined up in the slot and broke straight up field. Bradford placed the ball a little high, but Amendola made a great catch in stride and turned it into a big 30 yard gain. It was the biggest offensive play of the day for the Rams.
2012 Week 4 vs SEA (16 / 30 / 221 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
The third year QB had a very up and down afternoon facing a very physical and imposing defense. He finished 16 of 30 for 221 yards with 0 TDs and 1 INT, and often looked uncomfortable in the pocket behind an extremely weak offensive line. Bradford's best throw of the day came in the first quarter on a go route to rookie WR Chris Givens for a massive 52 yard pick up. From there, things went downhill. He forced too many passes into tight windows and easily could have had 2 or 3 more interceptions on the day. Seattle's front 7 dominated the line and Bradford was clearly uncomfortable in the pocket rushing throws and missing his targets for much of the second half, while taking two sacks. One telling stat however was his ability to convert on third down. All five of the Rams 3rd down conversions were greater than 10 yards, all of which he was given ample protection to scan the field and find his targets. Sam Bradford will need better play from both his offensive line and WRs to statistically improve. His role of 'game manager' was evident here as the Rams played conservatively to control the clock and protect the lead rather than attack a strong defense.
2012 Week 5 vs ARI (7 / 21 / 141 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 0 / 0 rush)
Bradford came out of the gates firing. His first two passes were complete and all of a sudden the Rams were in the red zone. Also, his first five plays are passes, with four different targets, a rush for positive yardage, and ending in a TD to Kendricks,. Bradford showed nice mobility, good vision and instinct to move when the pocket collapsed. When scrambling, though, he also showed poise, as in the opening drive scoring play, which he threw on the run. He was making very bold throws - and was very precise, really threading the needle on a few. His interception wasn't a bad play at all; under pressure, Bradford threw to the corner of the end zone, and the defender made an incredibly athletic play. The downside here is that he without Amendola, Bradford struggled, and had to deal with several drops from other receivers On his long TD pass to Givens, he had tons of time, and threw very accurately.
2012 Week 6 vs MIA (26 / 39 / 315 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 34 / 1 rush)
The Rams offense moved the ball quite well against the Dolphins, but had few points to show for their efforts. Rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein missed three field goals on the day, two from long range, but they were made longer by Bradford taking untimely sacks. Bradford routinely got rid of the ball before the Miami pressure could get to him, but in the key moments, Bradford seemed to freeze. His primary target would be covered and Bradford failed to quickly progress to another receiver or simply throw the ball away. The offense rarely had chances in the red zone in this game. Despite 300 yards of offense in the first half, the Rams mustered just six points off of four field goal attempts. Bradford's arm talent was present numerous times this week with great power and accuracy despite tight coverage on his receivers. Those skills were on display when Bradford hit Chris Givens deep against tight double coverage. It was definitely a wow-type throw. Play-action worked well for Bradford most of the day, creating space over the middle of the field. The usually pocket-dwelling Bradford had one of his most productive rushing performances in his career. He picked up multiple first downs with his scrambles and had a touchdown sneak from the 1-yard-line for the Rams' lone score on the day. With Danny Amendola out, the lack of weapons surrounding Bradford was quite apparent in obvious passing situations. Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens were the sole playmakers in the passing game against Miami.
2012 Week 7 vs GB (21 / 34 / 255 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The former number one overall draft pick in 2010 looks like a shell of his rookie self at the controls of the Rams offense. St. Louis did a solid job of pass protection for Bradford and kept a relatively clean pocket for its quarterback. However, Bradford put on his Blaine Gabbert Halloween costume nearly two weeks early, appearing skittish for four quarters. He did complete over sixty percent of his passes for two hundred and fifty-five yards, but never really appeared comfortable against the Packers. Bradford under or overthrew his receivers on a sizable amount of his pass attempts, but often Rams receivers could corral Bradford's errant tosses into their hands. His lone touchdown pass to Austin Pettis came during the smelliest portion of garbage time - with fifteen seconds left and the Rams down by seventeen. Bradford's longest pass of the day actually came on a catch-and-run by Chris Givens rather than a deep throw. His only interception on the day came on an underthrown pass intended for Givens. Packers cornerback Casey Hayward snagged it for his league-leading fourth interception. St. Louis' passing attack is bereft of difference-makers - the Rams seem to have five of the same player starting at wide receiver. A lack of playmakers hurts Bradford's chances to increase his confidence and decision-making abilities. Given that dynamic wide receivers do not grow on trees, it would benefit St. Louis to continue using a quick, rhythmic style of passing attack to get the offense clicking while wearing away at the defense with its effective ground game. Bradford is not hampered by an injury of any sort, and St. Louis has a decent enough defense to keep the Rams in most of their games. Bradford appeared -at least against the Packers - to lack trust in himself to extend plays or allow his receivers to make them. He often looked to check down simply to keep the Rams on offense.
2012 Week 8 vs NE (22 / 30 / 205 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Bradford played about as well as the Rams could have asked for during the first 2 ½ quarters and his team still had no chance to compete. On the first drive, Bradford was 3/3 including a perfectly thrown bomb to Chris Givens for a 50 yard touchdown pass. Other than the deep pass to Pettis, nearly all of Bradford's passes early were of the short variety with led to him completing 15 of his 16 attempts in the first half. His timing and ball placement was impeccable in the half and his line for the most part provided good protection. Only the Rams could stop the Rams in the first half and they did so with a fumble and botched snap on a field goal. Things got a little bit more difficult on Bradford in the second half as the Patriots turned up the pressure and focused heavily on stopping the short routes. On the Rams final drive of the third quarter Bradford finally started getting receivers open downfield, or at least one. He connected on passes of 16 and 22 yards to Brandon Gibson but the drive ended with another sack. Bradford played just one more drive, which ended with his only interception. He was crushed between two defenders on the throw which led to the pass being well short and easily intercepted.
2012 Week 10 vs SF (26 / 39 / 275 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Bradford had a strong game, especially in regards to his decision making. When he had time, Bradford went threw his reads and threw to the open man, whether they were running short or medium routes. The first touchdown is a perfect example: when given time Bradford saw Quick wide open on the sideline and delivered an accurate pass, allowing his receiver to catch the ball in stride and make a play for the touchdown. When Bradford was pressured, he often threw to his safety valve or short option and let his skill players do the rest. His second touchdown was a short route under heavy pressure, with Patrick Willis shooting through the A gap, about to hit Bradford. A much-needed Jackson chip gave Bradford enough time to throw an extremely accurate pass to Pettis just as the receiver cut in to the middle of the end zone. The accuracy to make all the short and medium throws was consistent throughout, but on the one deep throw he made to Amendola in regulation, Bradford badly under threw his receiver. He made up for it on the first play of overtime, launching a perfect deep ball that allowed Amendola to run underneath to make the catch and gain 80 yards. Unfortunately for Bradford, the play was nullified by an illegal formation penalty, but the accuracy was there, as well as Bradford's apparent mind meld with Amendola. The timing of the quarterback and receiver was so well synced that when Amendola sat out for most of the 2nd quarter to check an injury, the offense sputtered. But when Amendola was playing, Bradford elevated his game and was willing to thread the tightest needles to get the ball to his favorite receiver, throws that Bradford wasn't willing to venture with any of the others.
2012 Week 11 vs NYJ (23 / 44 / 170 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
After putting together four consecutive solid outings, Bradford crashed back to Earth in a big way on Sunday. Despite completing two touchdown passes, Bradford had trouble throwing the ball downfield for almost the entire day. He hooked with Austin Pettis on a 36-yard strike down the seam on the first possession of the game, the Rams' best drive, but it was all downhill after that. He checked down repeatedly throughout the afternoon and even some of those were off target, as was the case with his interception, a telegraphed pass to his tight end that Erik Smith could easily make a play on. His first touchdown couldn't have been easier, as he had both Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola open in the endzone, next to each other. His second touchdown was a good touch pass to the corner to Gibson, but it came in garbage time, as the Rams were in full comeback mode. After showing great promise with his accuracy and arm over the past month, hopefully this was just a case of being out of sync and unable to get in a rhythm. With tough matchups with the Niners, Seahawks, and Cardinals still to go this season, Bradford will have to put this performance in his rearview mirror quickly.
2012 Week 12 vs ARI (8 / 17 / 205 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford completed eight passes, but those completions proved to be big plays. During the first half, Bradford wasn't helped by his receiving corps inability to gain separation and his offensive line who were consistently allowing the Cardinals to get pressure on the pocket. Bradford survived the first half, with just one big mistake. He threw an interception to Patrick Peterson over the middle in the endzone. Bradford needed to understand the situation better and take more care of the football. He cost his team points by trying to fit the ball into too tight of a window. From then on however, Bradford just put points on the board. A big reception to Danny Amendola had been the highlight of the day, but Amendola was very limited so Bradford instead looked to Chris Givens as his go-to receiver. Givens repeatedly made big plays, but his biggest came off a perfect throw from Bradford under pressure. Bradford instantly recognized the single coverage against Givens down the left sideline, and even though he couldn't fully step into the throw, he hit Givens in stride over a defender in tight coverage for the touchdown. Bradford's other touchdown was much easier as a play-action fake created plenty of space for Lance Kendricks across the field. Bradford hit him in stride before Kendricks beat a safety with a stiff arm to get into the endzone. Bradford didn't have to carry his offense on the day, as two big touchdowns from Janoris Jenkins on defense and the strong running of Steven Jackson made it easy on the quarterback. He did however make the plays that ultimately decided the difference in the football game.
2012 Week 13 vs SF (26 / 39 / 221 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 31 / 0 rush)
There were a number of factors that held Bradford's game back: his receivers' inability to gain separation, a running game that was mostly ineffective, and a healthy amount of pass rush from San Francisco. Nevertheless, Bradford was able to find success on short, quick throws to his receivers. His most consistent target was Chris Givens, and Bradford threw to the rookie in almost every situation, including the rare deep ball. Though Bradford's deep throws were accurate, the coverage was often too tight and Givens was unable to get behind. Bradford had much more success on quick slants, delivering accurate throws on time. Often his receivers were unable to gain separation, which made the absence of Danny Amendola even more glaring. This forced Bradford to rely more on dump off passes than any medium or long routes. Bradford's best throw, and most difficult, came on a 4th down in the red zone. With Isaiah Pead underneath to pull coverage, Pettis broke to the corner of the end zone where Bradford threw a perfect ball in to Pettis' hands. However, San Francisco was in tight enough coverage that even though Bradford's pass was right on, Chris Culliver was able to tear the ball from Pettis' hands for an incompletion. Bradford also had a good throw on St. Louis' two point conversion. With the offense backed up to the 7 yard line after a false start penalty, Bradford threw an accurate ball underneath to Lance Kendricks, and the tight end caught the pass in stride and dove across the goal line to convert. Bradford also showed a good amount of speed and awareness on the final drive, scrambling through the space in the middle on two back-to-back plays for long gains to get St. Louis in position to tie the game.
2012 Week 14 vs BUF (19 / 39 / 209 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
Like three previous QBs to face the revitalized Bills' defense, Bradford really struggled outside of two lengthy drives. Pressure and poor throws abound, Bradford had four three and outs in the Rams' first five drives (with a four and out on the other), including an abysmal 2/7 throwing the ball (for nine yards). Bradford finally found some rhythm on the sixth drive, kicked off by a nice catch from Chris Givens. Clearly some issues with chemistry early, Givens was running an out when Bradford's throw suggested he expected Givens to sit. The throw was well behind the WR, but he made a tremendous adjustment on the pass picking up 13 yards. Like the Rams' DBs, Bradford and Brandon Gibson took advantage of some sagging coverage on the following play, picking up 11 yards on the quick shot. After a short hit to Austin Pettis on a five-yard curl, Bradford made his lone mistake of the day. Trying to hit Lance Kendricks on the out, S Bryan Scott deflected the pass and Stephon Gilmore was able to snatch the pass out of the air. Gilmore returned the INT for a TD, but the Rams were saved by a phantom holding call on the return. Given the penalty break, Bradford continued his rhythm from the prior drive on the Rams' opening drive of the 2nd half. After Bradford opened with a quick hit to Pettis for four yards, he hit Brian Quick on a short crosser for six yards four plays later. Three plays later Bradford went back to Gibson on back-to-back throws, picking up 22 and 16 yards, with a pretty back shoulder throw on the latter play. Bradford threw a quick screen to Givens on the next play, just missing a TD as Givens was shoved out at the one-yard line after picking up eight yards on the play. The drive put the Rams ahead for the first time despite being outplayed severely in the 1st half. Bradford and the offense went back to struggling as the defense promptly relinquished the lead to Buffalo. Bradford opened the next drive with a 12-yard out to Kendricks and followed the completion up with an 11-yard scramble on 3rd and nine to extend the drive. The drive fizzled, however, and the Rams were forced to punt. Bradford's long came on the following drive, a 24-yard pass to Gibson after a nice double move. However, Bradford underthrew the very open Gibson and missed what could have been a much bigger play. Four plays later, St. Louis was forced to punt. The following drive was even worse, as Bradford missed on back-to-back throws and the offense went three and out. Taking over at their own 15 with just under five minutes to work with, Bradford put together another TD-scoring drive, killing nearly all five minutes in the process. After two incompletions on his first two throws, Bradford connected with Kendricks down the seam for 22 yards. Two plays later, Bradford and Jackson connected on a short crosser for nine yards. George Wilson just missed an INT on Bradford's next throw to Givens, forcing a 4th down play for the offense. Bradford went to Pettis on a quick slant and the WR made a great adjustment on the poor throw, which was behind him, reaching back for the nine-yard catch. With newfound life, Bradford nearly threw another INT to Wilson two throws later, but dodged another bullet as the pass fell incomplete. Facing a 3rd and 10, Bradford and Gibson connected for 15 yards. The coverage was there, but the throw made it through and Gibson showed nice concentration to complete the catch. After Bradford's next throw was batted down at the line of scrimmage, Bradford completed his best throw of the day. Gibson ran a post and Bradford perfectly touched the throw over the coverage, into Gibson's waiting arms in the back of the end zone. Bradford's performance was ugly, and like Fitzpatrick was battered by the defense, but when the game was on the line, he and his receivers delivered.
2012 Week 15 vs MIN (35 / 55 / 377 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Bradford made some nice throws when given time early on, but he was under pressure on many occasions before throwing a touchdown pass to Brian Quick. Not only did Bradford throw a beautiful pass to Quick for the touchdown, but he made the call from under center to switch plays to take advantage of the Vikings' defensive formation. It was a kill rather than an audible. On the very next drive however, Bradford fumbled a quarterback-center exchange and allowed the defense to come up with the recovery deep in Rams' territory. The Vikings only scored a field goal after that turnover, but a touchdown off a Bradford turnover soon followed. The Vikings sent a disguised blitz attacking the left of the Rams' offense, which meant Everson Griffin dropped into coverage on the opposite side of the field. Bradford threw the ball straight to Griffin as he tried to hit a slant over the middle. Pressure was closing in on Bradford which forced him to make a quick decision and rarely did that pressure ever let up, as he was immediately sacked on the very next play also. Even with max protection two plays later, Bradford was again sacked. Even though the Vikings weren't consistently sacking Bradford, the pressure destroyed their offensive efficiency in the first half. Bradford led a good drive down the field during the two minutes before the half, but missed Chris Givens wide open down the right sideline for what would have been an easy touchdown. To be fair to Bradford, he initially stepped up in the pocket to avoid pressure but couldn't step into the throw as a defender was in his face when he let the ball go. Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Amendola in the fourth quarter after he rolled out of the pocket and threw an outstanding pass across his body to the back of the endzone.
2012 Week 16 vs TB (13 / 27 / 196 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
There were some good moments and some bad moments for Bradford, as the offense took advantage of good field position from turnovers, but was largely held in check by a physical Tampa Bay defense. At the beginning of the 2nd quarter, Bradford ran play-action and threw deep right to Danny Amendola, but instead of going over the one-on-one coverage, Bradford threw to the inside. The corner had inside position on Amendola and was able to make the interception easily. Bradford was able to make some nice medium length throws in the first half, such as a corner route to Gibson to the left. The receiver was tightly covered, but Bradford was able to put the ball on the outside shoulder for a long gain. On another play, Bradford threw a great ball while heavily pressured to Gibson on a medium post route, hitting the receiver in stride. But Bradford struggled in the short passing game as Tampa Bay played tight coverage and the receivers were unable to separate. There was also a bad decision in the 1st half to throw to a double covered seam, but the two undercutting defenders were unable to make the interception. However, Tampa Bay turnovers allowed St. Louis to jump to an early lead, and the first play of the 2nd half widened the margin enough for St. Louis to lean more on the run. On that play, Bradford ran a play-action that pulled the linebackers in. With Kendricks running in to the seam, Bradford threw a great ball down the middle to his tight end. Both safeties were split to the side and Kendricks was able to sprint downfield for an 80 yard touchdown. Soon after, Josh Freeman threw another interception that set St. Louis up with a short field, and Bradford was able to throw his second touchdown of the day. From the 5 yard line, Bradford ran a play-action that opened the seam over the middle, and Austin Pettis was able to cut through. The timing was perfect as Bradford delivered the ball to Pettis in stride.
2012 Week 17 vs SEA (25 / 42 / 252 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Facing one of the league's best defenses in arguably the league's most imposing venue, Bradford and the St. Louis Rams gave Seattle everything it could handle on Sunday. A struggle early, Bradford and the offense only mustered one first down in their first three drives and were pinned deep in their own territory. However, with a little better field position, Bradford settled down on the Rams' 4th drive. After opening with a short toss to TE Lance Kendricks on a crosser for eight yards, Bradford went to Steven Jackson on short dump for five yards. Facing a 3rd and five two plays later, Bradford delivered a perfect slant to Chris Givens who made the first guy miss and turned the short throw into a 37-yard gain that went deep into Seattle territory. Bradford went to Austin Pettis over the middle two plays later and despite the pass being tipped at the line of scrimmage, Pettis was able to make the two-yard TD grab. A bad drop from Pettis spoiled the next drive, forcing another three and out, but Bradford's confidence did not waver at all. Short on time, Bradford quickly moved the offense down the field with short throws to Jackson and Danny Amendola before hitting Brandon Gibson for 21 yards on a deep post to get into FG range just before half. Bradford's solid play continued in the 2nd half, as he worked the offense down the field again on the Rams' opening drive. After two short hits to Jackson and Daryl Richardson, Bradford threw an eight-yard dart to Pettis on 3rd and seven. The very next play, Bradford play faked and booted right, hitting Givens again deep down the field for 17 yards. Amendola picked up five on Z-route before the drive stalled with an incompletion to Gibson, but the Rams were able to extend their lead with a FG. Now trailing, and fighting a revitalized crowd, Bradford and the offense continued to find plays. Back to back 12-yard completions to Gibson had the Rams into the red zone, with a 10-yard completion to Kendricks two plays later giving St. Louis 1st and goal from the Seattle five-yard line. Bradford threw long to Amendola in the end zone two plays later before a bad delay of game penalty on 3rd down put the offense in an even longer 3rd and goal. The drive stalled, but the Rams were able to tie the game at 13. With the game still tied and an opportunity to take the lead, penalties again hurt Bradford and the Rams' offense. After opening the drive with a 15-yard pass to Pettis, Bradford nearly had a costly fumble. Dropping back to throw on 2nd down, Bradford was hit just as he released the ball. Initially ruled a fumble (which Seattle had returned for a TD), the play was overturned and a holding penalty was assessed. After an ugly attempt on a quick screen to Givens bounced incomplete, Bradford was forced to dump it off to Jackson for 12 yards on 3rd and 18. Now trailing by seven, Bradford's final drive again started strong. A 25-yard pass interference penalty and a 15-yard completion to Kendricks on the drive's first two plays had the Rams into Seattle territory. Two incompletions and short toss to Jackson later had Bradford facing a 4th and five. Not known for his feet, Bradford escaped the pocket and was able to pick up the 1st down with a six-yard scramble. Bradford couldn't connect on his next three throws and tried to hit Pettis in the end zone on 4th down. CB Richard Sherman undercut the route perfectly, picking the pass off in the end zone to end the Rams' comeback bid. Despite the disappointment, Bradford played well, with his lone turnover coming on the final INT. Bradford connected with eight different receivers and was not sacked, despite throwing the ball 42 times.
2011 Week 1 vs PHI (17 / 30 / 188 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -15 / 0 rush)
It was a rough start to the season for Bradford. An early lead based on a successful ground game meant that the passing game was barely used in the first quarter, and Bradford never really established a rhythm. To make matters worse, he dug himself a hole by coughing up an early fumble for a defensive score. He dealt with steady pressure all day, which really disrupted his game. In the rare case that Bradford did have time to let the play develop he was more poised and accurate with his throws; but most of the time he was forced to get rid of the ball quickly and in those instances his throws were off far too often. The turning point was a sure TD that was dropped by TE Lance Kendricks, followed by another red zone drop by Gibson - and the Rams settled for a field goal. Soon after, an attempt at a play action reverse didn't fool the secondary (though the play did end in a defensive pass interference call). After that, Bradford took what he could get, which was generally not much at all. The only receiver he found with any regularity was Amendola, but they were unable to hook up on any big plays. Bradford hurt his throwing hand late in the game and was replaced by AJ Feeley.
2011 Week 2 vs NYG (22 / 46 / 331 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford had a very productive game passing against an injury riddled NYG defense and really was unlucky not to get more out of this game. Bradford was able to dissect the Giants secondary almost every time he dropped back in the first half. Bradford used play action very well to buy him time and was able to find Sims Walker over the middle for big first downs. He also found Gibson on comeback and curl patterns and was really explosive throwing downfield. Bradford also threw a perfect fade route to his big WR Alexander who was simply unlucky not to score. Bradford's faults in the game by far was not scoring touchdowns and coming away with only field goals which really cost the Rams the game. Drives would bog down completely in the redzone as the Giants turned it up defensively near the goal line. Between the two 20 yard markers, Bradford had his way with the Giants but tipped passes, a pass rush and penalties from his team made it almost impossible to score touchdowns in the redzone. Bradford looked very poised and knew where to he wanted to go with the football. Bradford picked on CB Ross with great success and was patient in the pocket at the right times. He was almost picked off by CB Ross late in the game as the CB jumped the route. Bradford also made a costly mistake that will not punish fantasy owners as a pass in the flat was ruled a fumble and NYG scored on the play.
2011 Week 3 vs BAL (16 / 32 / 166 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)
Bradford got in a huge hole early. A couple 3 and outs, and he found himself down 21-0. Early on, penalties, tipped passes at the line, and intense pressure from the Ravens just gave Bradford no room to do anything. The entire offense layed a goose-egg in the first half, as the Ravens were all over him. He was intercepted once, but on the play Danario Alexander just fell down making a cut and gave the defender an easy pick, so that one wasn't really Bradford's fault. Bradford also had a beautiful 34 yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson in the third quarter. He rolled out to the right and threw a lob right over the defenders hands in perfect position for a TD. Bradford threw a couple really solid passes that were dropped and that could have been caught if he had great receivers, but the lack of a solid receiving corp and an Oline that isn't giving him much time is really keeping Bradford from having much success this year. Bradford is going to be elite, that's easy to see. He doesn't make many mistakes, throws a beautiful ball, and seems to make good decisions. But when you are harassed the entire game, are running for your life, and have receivers that can't seem to catch a cold, there are going to be limits to how well you can play.
2011 Week 4 vs WAS (20 / 43 / 164 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ouch, what can I say? This receiver core is straight up an embarrassment; Bradford and the Rams could've walked away from this game with a victory. Today was marred with terrible execution from the offensive line all the way down to receivers even being able to run a simple out route. Bradford was sacked 7 times and had defenders as close to him as his own blood on his pants. All owners had to be holding their breath when they saw the trainers working on his hand. Bradford had 3 touchdowns bounce off the hands of his receivers and tight ends. Sims-Walker missed a 45-yard touchdown that Bradford threw with near perfect touch. The two other mistakes came from the Lance Kendricks both up the seam and plays that need to made for success. It seemed as if Bradford has no confidence in any receiver nor does there seem to be any identity to this offense. The lone touchdown was soft toss to Steven Jackson on a wheel route for a 15-yard touchdown. There is plenty of opportunity here for the receivers and for the quarterback but execution needs to be the main focus.
2011 Week 6 vs GB (28 / 44 / 321 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Bradford's numbers don't look half bad when you look at them, but his inability to make the big play is starting to become a concern. Danario Alexander had some nice catches, Lance Kendricks showed ability, Steven Jackson ran very hard and tough, and Salas took a page right out of the Wes Welker playbook. With all these weapons, Bradford was unable to get the ball into the endzone. It's not all his fault though. Early in the game, a holding penalty set the Rams back, and then a nice pass over the middle was dropped by Alexander. On his third drive, he had two throws that were almost intercepted, and then a slip by Alexander ended the possession on fourth down. Bradford did look really good in the 2 minute drill at the end of the half, moving the ball quickly down the field, and getting the Rams into field goal range for their only points of the contest. Bradford did have an excellent third quarter drive going, in which he led the Rams down into the redzone. Down 24-3, a TD might have made it a game. But Bradford badly underthrew Alexander in the corner of the endzone, throwing it very short and right to Sam Shields. It was a very poorly thrown ball, and virtually ended the game. Bradford does an excellent job of getting the ball out of his hands quickly and completing a high percentage of passes. But on a number of occasions, those quick throws were for such short yardage that drives stalled. Bradford has a rocket arm, and at times, he really needs to look over the field and take a few more chances. Throwing the easy checkdown completion may keep his team out of trouble, but it's not getting his team into the endzone either. On the bright side, the Packers are probably the best team in the league though, and some of Bradford's weapons did show sparks of life. Bradford did suffer a high ankle sprain in the game, so his week 7 status is far from certain. Note: it appears that St. Louis traded for Brandon Lloyd. This is the perfect addition to this offense. Much of the reason Bradford may be throwing to the open receiver quickly, is that none of his other receivers can get open downfield, though it's hard to tell from the TV feed. Lloyd gives Bradford a true deep threat, and could significantly open up the passing game. Could this be the move that allows Bradford to really take it to the next level?
2011 Week 9 vs ARI (23 / 36 / 255 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Clearly still hampered by his ankle sprain, Bradford had an ok, but not great day. Quite often his accuracy wasn't there, especially on longer plays where he overthrew his receivers on most of his chances. He also seemed to hesitate when looking towards more tightly recovered receivers, which on occasion caused him to hang onto the ball too long. Bradford dumped the ball of a lot, and coupled with his early inaccuracy it seems as though he is probably getting back into the swing of things after missing time. It didn't help that he lost another wide receiver in Greg Salas, but Bradford should be fine in a game or so.
2011 Week 10 vs CLE (15 / 25 / 155 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford was not quite himself returning from an ankle injury, but did just enough to win and showed flashes of what could be with new target Brandon Lloyd. On his first throw of the day, Bradford found Miller wide open for a 20 yard gain. Wide open targets are not something Bradford would grow accustomed to seeing. In what would become a theme, Bradford threw too low on a crossing pattern for Gibson and was fortunate not to have the ball picked off after it was tipped by a LB underneath the route. The first drive ended after a dropped pass Lloyd after Bradford made a good throw under tight coverage. Bradford was again fortunate to avoid an INT on the second drive, this time with a DB flat out dropping the pick. He connected with Lloyd 3 times on the second drive. The first was a deep out, and Lloyd made an incredible one handed catch. The second was a short slant that showed good timing between the two. The third was a strong throw from Bradford on a 7 yard out in the end zone for the Rams sole TD of the day. Bradford's lone interception came on the third drive, another ball thrown too low, batted into the air and then intercepted. The rest of the game was the Steven Jackson show with Bradford throwing sparingly. Defenders continued to get their hands on balls, as Bradford seems to be just a little low or late with several throws. He also was forced to leave the game after reaggravating his ankle but came right back in after just one play.
2011 Week 11 vs SEA (20 / 40 / 181 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Bradford started the game with a 5 wide set and good pass blocking. He almost threw an interception on his first pass (to keep pace with Tarvaris Jackson, perhaps?) but then got rolling with a few short completions. On the second drive, he continued to have lots of time in the pocket and made an easy 30 yard completion to Brandon Lloyd who was wide open in the end zone. After that, the bumpy downhill ride began. The Seahawks upped the pass rush pressure and it resulted in five sacks and two fumbles. The fumbles were not careless, but rather the result of Bradford being hit hard while scrambling. He was blind-sided more than once, no small thing as his regular left tackle recently was pronounced out for the season. Bradford's interception was the result of a ball tipped at the line. Bradford showed a good rapport with Lloyd, but with everyone else, he seemed a little off.
2011 Week 12 vs ARI (17 / 31 / 203 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Bradford had a rough start, playing behind a suspect line and losing a fumble after being blind-sided, in what is becoming familiar territory for the Rams this year. Bradford finally started to get the passing game clicking in the two minute drill at the end of the half. He started making quicker decisions and attacked the defense a bit more, which carried over into his second half play. The key was that he didn't have much time in the pocket, so he got rid of the ball quickly but accurately, finding the open man and spreading the targets around. It wasn't exactly shades of Kurt Warner, but he was on target often enough to give his team a little momentum. His touchdown throw to Brandon Lloyd in the final frame was perfectly thrown, falling to him over the shoulder on a corner route. Lloyd was clearly his favourite receiver, and it's worth noting that near the end of the game, he began to have some success throwing to TE Lance Kendricks.
2011 Week 14 vs SEA (12 / 29 / 193 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford received a pain killing injection on his ankle before the game, visibly in pain Bradford was unable to step into his throws drastically affecting his accuracy and velocity of his passes. The lack of time on the practice affected the timing and rhythm with his receivers causing errant throws; Bradford could've easily thrown five interceptions on the night. The injured quarterback had plenty of opportunities inside the 10-yard line only to have throws miss his perceived targets. Other than Brandon Lloyd and Steven Jackson no one on the offensive side of the ball really showed up. The offensive line failed all game to establish a solid pocket for the young signal caller to set up and confidently go through his progressions.
2010 Week 1 vs ARI (32 / 55 / 253 / 1 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Bradford maybe actually be worth some of the $50 million dollars he received prior to even playing this game. His first test as an NFL quarterback and he passed every task set by the Cardinals defenses. Bradford did not look like a rookie for most of the game, reading defences, putting the ball where it needed to go and not being afraid to challenge the secondary. He even recovered a fumble for his team. He looked very calm and collected under center and at times, like a five year pro. Nothing overwhelmed him mentally. The Rams clearly trusted their Quarterback, as they put the ball in his hands on a fourth and goal at the two yard line and put the ball in the air as often as they did. His arm looked very strong, being able to throw passes from sideline to sideline with velocity. Showed superb touch and accuracy on a deep pass to Clayton for 39 yards. He was intercepted three times, but can be accumulated to rookie mistakes(one ball behind the receiver, one where he had to force the ball in a fourth down situation). Bradford looks like the real deal, but in St. Louis will find it hard to produce. He was often pressured instantly and forced to check down straight away or take a sack. When given him however, Bradford thrived. A low #2 QB match up play.
2010 Week 2 vs OAK (14 / 25 / 167 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Bradford is a rookie QB in his second NFL start. At times in this game, that was obvious. At others, however, he looked to play beyond his years. That inconsistency, of course, confirms that he's still a young NFL QB. The Rams gameplan in this one was much more young-QB-friendly than the "bombs-away" approach of last week in which they threw 55 passes and only ran the ball 24 times. As common-sense as it sounds, the Rams decided that using their best player was their best option. Because of this, Bradford had little to do in the Rams' first two drives - the second of which ended with a scoring chance that was lost when Josh Brown's field goal sailed wide right. Bradford managed the game well in the early going and got the Rams a lead after the Raiders were kind enough to miss a field goal of their own on the ensuing drive after Brown's miss. Starting at his own 36, Bradford led a drive that ended with a nice touchdown pass to Mark Clayton. The highlight of the drive was a short pass to Jackson that was turned into a 24-yard gain. The TD pass was set up by play-action, a fake which Bradford carried out quite nicely. The Raiders linebackers leaned forward enough that Clayton was able to sneak into the back of the endzone in the middle of the field and catch a nice delivery from Bradford. The interception that Bradford threw was a good read on his part, he did a nice job of looking off double coverage, but he underthrew the jump ball intended for Laurent Robinson. Everything but the throw itself looked to be well-executed, and on a day where there was some putrid QB play around the league, Bradford showed that at least his decision-making isn't an Achilles heel. In a no-huddle, quick-execution situation, Bradford looked good. He led a 59-yard TD drive during which only 41 seconds elapsed. This TD throw was fit into a tight spot so nicely that the official actually ruled it incomplete, thinking that Clayton did not get two feet inbounds. The call was, however, overturned. The TD gave the Rams a chance to crawl all the way back, but the defense could not stop the Raiders from running out the clock. All in all, Bradford had his moments - both good and bad. The Raiders really dominated the clock in the second half, which limited St. Louis' chances to produce offensively. Based on what he has been able to do with the mediocre talent around him, Bradford could end up being a very good NFL quarterback with a ceiling higher than that if he were to be surrounded by the proper tools.
2010 Week 3 vs WAS (23 / 37 / 235 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Overall Bradford played a solid game. He certainly looks like a player that has the tools to be a starting caliber NFL quarterback that should get better with time, but he had a handful of throws where he just completely missed his receiver. He made a great play on his touchdown pass to Daniel Fells. On 2nd down from the 3 yard line, the Rams ran play action bootleg. Clayton was the #1 option but was knocked down as he came across the formation. It looked like Bradford was going to throw it away or run out of bounds for no gain, but he held onto it long enough to find Fells in the back corner of the end zone for the touchdown. The Rams jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and had a golden opportunity to make it more after they blocked a Redskins punt at the 26 yard line. Instead, Bradford immediately threw an interception on a ball which the receiver never looked for. He didn't target Clayton very much, but when he threw his way he drilled a couple right into his Clayton's chest. The Rams offense stayed pretty balanced after the injury to Steven Jackson.
2010 Week 4 vs SEA (23 / 41 / 289 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Another command performance for the rookie, as he made tough throws to help stake the Rams to a lead and to help them ice the game in the fourth quarter. Bradford executes his rollouts, throws on the move with accuracy, steps up in the pocket instinctively, and surveys the field instantly like a grizzled veteran. His calm is transmitting to the entire team, and he is inspiring his receivers to make strong bids for balls in tight windows. Bradford was off on a few timing throws, but his touch on short passes and zing on longer balls is impressive. He threw a perfect ball to Brandon Gibson for the first TD of the game, and his easy-to-catch-and-go screen passes created the other. The Rams have the best QB in their division, and he might soon be one of the best in the league.
2010 Week 5 vs DET (23 / 45 / 215 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford started well in this game, but gradually started to succumb to some mistakes as a result of the game situation. He demonstrates great confidence in his ability and is not afraid to make throws downfield when he identifies favourable matchups, as he did on the pass that resulted in Mark Clayton's injury. He is particularly effective when rolling out of the pocket, and his ability to throw on the run is terrific. He made a poor throw late in the game which resulted in a pick six. Bradford just didn't see the nickel CB sitting on a Danny Amendola hitch route and made a lazy pass. Overall, Bradford's day was solid, but it is hard for any quarterback, let alone a rookie, to play from that far behind.
2010 Week 6 vs SD (18 / 31 / 198 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 8 / 0 rush)
Bradford is a rookie in name only. He carried himself with the poise of a seasoned veteran for pretty much the entire afternoon. Bradford handled not one but two terrible snaps that went over his head. Rather than panic, he calmly picked up the ball and threw it away. He also did a nice job early on of checking down and not forcing anything in traffic. But when the time came for him to make plays, he did. He found Danario Alexander down the seam with a wonderful pass just beyond the reach of the DB for a touchdown, and later stood in against all kinds of pressure to find WR Mardy Gilyard for 21 yards on third and 17. He came close to a second touchdown pass on a quick strike to Danny Amendola, but the tackle was made at the two yard line. That pass came one play after Bradford was absolutely drilled while scrambling. In the second half, Bradford faced a lot more pressure and the Chargers did a much better job in coverage downfield. Bradford's stats took a significant hit after halftime, but the job he did in the first half likely softened up the defense enough so that RB Steven Jackson did a lot of damage late in the contest in running out the clock. Bradford's two big mistakes were both nearly intercepted. He locked in on his man and was almost picked by LB Stephen Cooper and later threw a ball right to the chest of DB Eric Weddle that was dropped.
2010 Week 7 vs TB (13 / 26 / 126 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Bradford had a bit of a choppy performance and he appears to be missing Mark Clayton. Speedy deep threat Danario Alexander was used sparingly, so Bradford never hit that downfield pass to loosen up the defense. The coverage was tight on most passes longer than five yards, so most of Bradford's good work came on passes to the backs and quick tosses to the wide receivers. Bradford stuck with a play that he blew with a high pass earlier in the game for his one TD pass to Michael Hoomanawanui, seeing "Uhoh" get blown up in his route but recovering and getting open again for the short TD. Bradford also found Danny Amendola on a well-conceived play for an easy short TD in the first half. Bradford did have an early fumble near his own goal line and came out off in timing and accuracy in the second half. He was never able to sustain the long drive needed to protect the 14-point lead the Bucs spotted the Rams. Bradford wasn't overwhelmed or flustered, but he also never got in a groove against this weak secondary and pass rush. He's only a desperation play at QB until he gets something good going with his wideouts.
2010 Week 8 vs CAR (25 / 32 / 191 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 2 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford has the poise and decision making skills of a ten year veteran trapped inside the body of a rookie, and that has boded very well for him so far in his NFL career. The Rams offense stayed conservative in this game, and was not able to break off any big plays for a while. Bradford continued to make good decisions and zip passes to his depleted receiving corps. Bradford's most impressive pass was a third down completion to Brandon Gibson for 16 yards which could not have been positioned more perfectly. Bradford's touchdown pass to Amendola was a thing of beauty as he timed it up wonderfully on the rollout to the right. Bradford threw a second touchdown pass to Daniel Fells on another roll to the right. Bradford hit the tight end in stride for 23 yards as he ran up the seam. Bradford's display was smart, tough and workmanlike.
2010 Week 10 vs SF (30 / 42 / 251 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford continues to play with poise that is rare for a rookie quarterback. The Rams trust him with this offense completely, and they play to his considerable skill set as a passer. Bradford excelled against the 49ers with his accuracy, finding receivers in stride with regularity. He used the hard count really well early to get the Niners aggressive defensive front to jump offsides, and then used the free play to his advantage. Late in the game, Bradford showed his gritty nature by escaping a sure sack and then running for a key first down on the game tying possession. Bradford demonstrated a great deal of touch on a brilliant pass to Steven Jackson. Jackson was covered like a blanket, but Bradford's ball placement - on Jackson's back shoulder - meant it could not be defended. Bradford's accuracy let him down on one occasion when he overthrew Brandon Gibson deep. His overall game has come on leaps and bounds since Week 1.
2010 Week 11 vs ATL (27 / 42 / 233 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 17 / 0 rush)
Bradford has respectable numbers as he continued his impressive rookie campaign by leading the Rams to two touchdowns against a very good Falcons defense. But it was the interception he threw right into the arms of a waiting William Moore that will keep Bradford from sleeping all week. Bradford has just broken the rookie record for most passes in a row without an interception, and then he threw this back-breaking INT right at the goalline. It's hard to lay too much blame on Bradford though, as it's amazing what he's doing with a cast of misfits at the WR position.
2010 Week 12 vs DEN (22 / 37 / 308 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Bradford had a nice day throwing the ball against a porous Denver secondary. It seemed like every time he dropped back, he found someone and did not have to go through his reads much. He is a very mobile quarterback and very often moved outside the pocket to buy him some time to make a throw. On one touchdown pass, Bradford rolled out and bought a lot of time for his TE to uncover and throw an easy TD. Bradford spread the ball very well and never gave the defense a chance to key on one player with no player having more than 4 catches. Bradford displayed again his above average accuracy on many throws, including a deep sideline pass to Alexander to set up a touchdown. He also was able to execute play action effectively and found Bajema wide open for another easy score. Bradford played well, was accurate and confident with the luxury of an offensive line that handled any Denver rush. He also got his wide receivers heavily involved and did not rely on tight ends and running backs like some rookie QB's tend to do.
2010 Week 13 vs ARI (18 / 29 / 187 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford looked like his usual assured, accurate self as he played more of a caretaker role for the Rams offense on Sunday. Bradford completed good timing routes to Brandon Gibson, who was his most trusted target. Most of his completions were short, high percentage passes and Bradford executed them to perfection. Bradford did throw an interception on a high pass after he saw blitz pressure right up the middle, but that was the only blemish in an otherwise good day for the rookie.
2010 Week 14 vs NO (18 / 32 / 231 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 5 / 1 rush)
Bradford made it two straight weeks in a row playing like a rookie on Sunday, throwing two interceptions (both of them in goal-line situations, coincidentally) and a 56.2% completion percentage. The fact that he managed to punch in a rushing touchdown made sure his day wasn't a complete fantasy disaster, but he was just unable to deal with the consistent barrage of blitzes executed by the Saints all game long. All of the doom-and-gloom that you may be hearing is being blown out of proportion as game's such as these are all-but-expected from rookie quarterbacks -- and usually far more than the handful of poor performances that Bradford has had. While he may be an iffy fantasy QB for the remainder of the season, his overall stock is still incredibly high and he definitely still has what it takes to be the Rams franchise quarterback for a very long time.
2010 Week 15 vs KC (21 / 43 / 181 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Bradford has been looking like a rookie for the last few weeks, and this game was no different. He moved the Rams down the field efficiently during the first drive, but it stalled out because of false start penalty and the team had to settle for a field goal. Bradford had trouble mustering as much offense for the next three quarters as he did on that first drive. His accuracy off at time, and the Chiefs just played good run defense and covered the Rams receivers tightly. The team did have a nice desperation drive in the late fourth quarter to pull within a TD, mostly on the back of Danny Amendola, but Bradford's day ended with a pair of interceptions and handful of sacks as the Chiefs would not let up in the final minutes. He is barely rosterable right now even though Bradford can still guide the Rams to the playoffs with wins in the last two games.
2010 Week 16 vs SF (28 / 37 / 292 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Sam Bradford continued his solid rookie season with another fine display at home on Sunday against the Niners. Bradford and the Rams' gameplan was mainly to keep passes short to intermediate and use the possession qualities of their receiving corps to its fullest. Bradford delivered on time on a plethora of routes, although he executed shallow crossing routes quite well. He delivered a wonderful 41 yard strike to Brandon Gibson running a deep in cut, hitting the receiver in the numbers and allowing him to run onto the pass. Bradford did not force any passes down the field and was smart with the football. On his touchdown pass to Laurent Robinson, Bradford rolled right and made a great throw back across his body to Robinson in the end zone, a display of great arm strength and mobility.
2010 Week 17 vs SEA (19 / 36 / 155 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Rams game plan was very conservative from the start and because of that Bradford was limited in what he was able to do during this semi-playoff game. He was relegated to short passes for the most part and when he did try to go down field with anything his receivers let him down time and time again with consistent drops and poor ball paths. Late in the contest with the game still within reach Bradford tried to force the ball into a tight spot and threw a crucial interception. The play essentially ended the Rams season and Bradford's very impressive rookie season.