St. Louis Rams rookie QB Sam Bradford had a rocky start to his preseason, but turned it around in the final two games and performed well enough to win the starting nod over veteran journeyman A.J. Feeley. This Sunday marks the beginning of the Sam Bradford era in St. Louis and it should result in an upset win of the St. Loius Rams defeating the Arizona Cardinals. Yes, I’ve said it, the lowly St. Louis Rams will beat the two time defending NFC West champion Arizona Cardinals.
Arizona has too much chaos surrounding them right now. Their quarterback situation is cloudy at best. Derek Anderson is a tease at quarterback. You think he is about ready to take the next step forward and then he takes three steps backwards. Max Hall is the long term solution in Arizona and he will be starting for the Cardinals at some point this season. WR Larry Fitzgerald hasn’t played this preseason and you don’t simply get your quarterback to receiver timing down by stepping on the field. Proof of that was seen last night with Brett Favre and his receivers.RB Tim Hightower will likely start over Beanie Wells. And the Arizona Cardinals defense is going to feel the losses of LB Karlos Dansby and S Antrel Rolle.
I watched the third game of the preseason with Bradford playing against the New England Patriots first team defense. Now, the Patriots squad is not an elite defense, but Bradford looked good. He was decisive with his throws and wasn’t trying to force them. It’s an offense which features WR Laurent Robinson (a player I happen to like) Danny Amendola, rookie Mardy Gilyard and recently acquired Mark Clayton. Thankfully for the Rams, they acquired the correct Clayton, Mark over Mike. Then you have the Rams workhorse Steven Jackson in the backfield.
I think this team has bought into Sam Bradford, even A.J. Feeley says he is ready to go. So let the Sam Bradford era begin this Sunday. While they need not be printing playoff tickets in St. Louis this year, this is an improved team over the one which took the field in 2009 and they will surprise a few clubs along the way. Final score Rams 24 Cardinals 16.