Bradford Takes to the Air
By Joe Vastola
With three weeks of the NFL season complete, one might assume that Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers would be leading the league in pass attempts.
Each is known for playing at a fast tempo, and they are all on teams with great receiving threats. Instead, after a week three loss in Dallas, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford finds himself leading the league with 141 attempts through the air.
To demonstrate just how gaudy that number is, Russell Wilson has only attempted 73 passes for the Seahawks.
This past week, Bradford was 29-48 for 240 yards in a 24 point loss to the Cowboys.
The Rams were down 17-0 going into the half and they were only able to muster up two first downs throughout the first 30 minutes.
In Week 2, Bradford threw 55 passes as he attempted to bring the Rams back from 21 points down against the Falcons. While St. Louis has great offensive weapons in Tavon Austin, Chris Givens and Jared Cook, they will not be successful if their quarterback continues on at this pace. Moving forward, the Rams need to get Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead more carries to balance out their offensive attack. In three weeks, they have combined for a total of 36 carries. If they can get better production out of the backfield as the season progresses, defenses will have a much tougher time stopping Bradford when he does decide to go to the air.
The Rams have a lot of talent on offense but the NFC is loaded with teams that are much deeper. It will be hard for them to compete with teams like the Niners, Seahawks, Packers and Saints if they continue to have such a one sided attack.