After a 28-7 blowout loss for the Rams on Saturday against Minnesota you would typically think there isn’t much to be positive about, but you’d be wrong…
5. Bradford showed some smarts
He may have only completed 6 of 13 passes for 57 yards, but he faced heavy pressure for his time on the field. Sacked 4 times his body took some hits, but I think it would be hard to place the blame on King Sam for the sacks. He showed decent pocket presence throwing a couple of balls away when facing the rush, although he did have two passes batted down at the line. It was only a small sample size but for me Bradford didn’t look fazed by the speed of the game in he pros and moving forwards any extended playing time with the first team can only solidify that.
4. Selvie continues to impress
Reporters watching Bradford’s scrimmages last week were also noting the showing put on by rookie defensive-end George Selvie. The South Florida alum was credit with a couple of sacks in the practice session and found himself on he receiving end of some playing time with the firsts and seconds. He helped draw several false start penalties on the Vikings and finished with 4 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. The Rams could really do with someone locking down the opposite side to Chris Long and Selvie might be that man.
3. Cardinals offense was lame
With Kurt Warner retiring Arizona’s aerial attack has been handed over to Matt Leinart, with the wild-armed Derek Andersen being brought in for as a safety blanket. Neither looked safe on Saturday night. Andersen threw two picks on his way to a 45.3 passer rating whilst Leinart was sacked twice and fumbled a handover to Tim Hightower before skipping the post-game press conference. It all points to good things for the Rams chances in week 1.
2. Alex Smith struggled
Since April pundits have been anointing the 9ers the champions of the West. Their selections of O-Lineman Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati and Mike Singletary’s smashmouth football blueprint had’ those in the know’ raving. They forgot about Alex Smith. 3 of 9, 37 yards, an interception and passer rating of 7.4 is hopefully a sign of things to come. Until Smith shows any semblance of being a NFL-caliber signal caller, I’m not worried.
1. Not so secret weapon
I’m sure you’ve heard of Steven Jackson. You know, the guy who broke 1,000 yards for each of the last 6 years, despite nagging injuries and 8 men in the box. While we all getting excited by Sam Bradford there is no getting away from the fact we have one of the league’s premier talents at running back. Our offense will focus around his skillset and abilities will it help commit opposition defenses to slow him down, leaving lanes for Bradford’s accurate passes. If you are game-planning to stop the Rams you will be scheming against S-Jax above all else and Rams fans will be eager to see if Bradford can capitalize.