St. Louis Rams-In or Out of the Playoffs?

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Should the St Louis Rams be thought of in or out of the NFL playoffs? I think they are in. At this point, in a very week NFC South, the St. Louis Rams have to be looked at as a legitimate contender for the division title, and I can see them winning the division outright and I’ve said this for some weeks now. The difference? The $50 million dollar man, Sam Bradford.

The Rams are in first place in the NFC West with a record of 5-6, holding the tiebreaker over the Seattle Seahawks based on the head to head match-up win between the teams. This is a Rams team which between the start of the 2007 season and the conclusion of the 2009 season, went 6-42. This season the Rams are 5-6. $50 million dollars can buy you some talent.

Personally, I was not sold on the selection of Sam Bradford at the quarterback position. I thought he was one sack away from another shoulder injury and simply never playing again in the NFL. Something Detroit Lions fans need to be thinking about with Matthew Stafford. But, Bradford has been solid. Actually, more than solid. Yesterday, Bradford had his first career 300 yard passing game, and career high 3 touchdowns while winning on the road for the first time this season. Each game Bradford plays, he simply gets better. Sunday, Bradford finished the game with a 113.3 passer rating, the best in his career.

What is interesting about Bradford’s performance is the fact that he is doing all of this on the field with a very limited receiving corps. Each week, Bradford seems to find another new target to utilize. Yesterday, it was TE Billy Bajema for two scores, the first two touchdowns of his six year career in the league.

Given the weakness of the NFC West and the strength of Bradford’s play, I have to pick them to win out in this division.


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