Special Contribution by NFL Gridiron Gab Featured Author Adrian Mojia
The bottom line here is that Bradford was rusty and failed to take advantage early on. He had numerous open receivers on plays which would have gone for easy scores but overthrew his receivers on multiple occasions. It was to be expected, and the Cards were able to squeak this one out because of it.
Steven Jackson was asked to carry the load, finishing with 130 yards but failing to get into the end zone. Although the numbers are good, Jackson was actually contained most of the game. The Cards played a bend but not break defense with him and Jackson did carry the ball 29 times.
Watching the game, you never had the sense he was posting the yardage he would wind up with. For me, this is the beginning of a preparation for next season with the Rams. Bradford is back, Clayton should be activated this week and Lloyd will have a chance to mesh with Bradford further. The Rams will have plenty of opportunities to play spoiler and if they can address the defensive issues in the offseason, they could make a serious playoff run next season.