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Sam Bradford completes six passes, takes four sacks

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford made his NFL debut on Saturday night, in the team’s preseason opener.

The best news is that no joints on his body exploded like a kernel of popcorn in a blast furnace.  Beyond that, Bradford didn’t do anything to elicit “oohs” or “boos” from the hometown fans.

Entering the game on the Rams’ first drive of the second quarter, Bradford completed six of 13 passes for 57 yards.  His second attempt  was a short ball that resulted in an 18-yard gain by receiver Laurent Robinson.

Bradford’s opening effort ultimately fizzled on a failed fourth-down try at the Minnesota 36.  The St. Louis offense then went three and out on his second drive, via three straight incomplete passes.

On the next drive, Bradford threw another incompletion on first down; he then was sacked on consecutive plays.

Though Bradford was expected to exit the game at halftime, he returned for a fourth drive to start the third quarter.  After two more completions and two more sacks (one caused him to fumble the ball out of bounds), the Rams punted and Bradford called it a night.

Meanwhile, Vikings backup Sage Rosenfels completed 23 of 34 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns, and the Vikings lead in the fourth quarter, 21-7. 

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35 Responses to “Sam Bradford completes six passes, takes four sacks”
  1. Tre-nitty says: Aug 14, 2010 10:57 PM

    Jacob Bell was out, so sacks were expected on Bradford. Which I actually like because he needs to feel the power of nfl sacks and it seems he’ll be fine. I say the rams sit him until week 8 and then slowly insert him. Go Rams regardless.

  2. Steeler79 says: Aug 14, 2010 11:14 PM

    I’m sure the fact that his shoulder didn’t explode will greatly disappoint a lot of the retarded posters here

  3. Steeler79 says: Aug 14, 2010 11:15 PM

    I’m sure the fact that his shoulder didn’t explode will greatly disappoint a lot of the retarded posters here

  4. edgy says: Aug 14, 2010 11:16 PM

    Whether you want to believe it or not, Bradford had a pretty damn good debut. Besides the fact that the OL sucked, he played without his biggest weapon, Steven Jackson, who would have made that 4th down (Which shouldn’t have come to that. They should have went for the first on second down instead of trying to fool the defense and pass). I wouldn’t be surprised to see him take over by Detroit, Tampa Bay or at worst, on week 10 against the 49ers.

  5. Santonio'sBluntWrap says: Aug 14, 2010 11:22 PM

    Seems to me the Vikings would be wise to take a much harder look at Sage before they dump his ass.

  6. Hooby says: Aug 14, 2010 11:25 PM

    youll comment on bradfords mediocre performance but youll make no note of vick scrambling for several yards and a td AND making several good passes

  7. PackFaninPackLand says: Aug 14, 2010 11:30 PM

    Florio: “The best news is that no joints on his body exploded like a kernel of popcorn in a blast furnace.”
    Okay Mike, I’ve given you some shit about all the nonsense you run about Brett Favre, but that analogy about Bradford was just beautiful. Maybe your best ever ! I mean laugh out loud funny. Props baybee !!!

  8. MrHumble says: Aug 14, 2010 11:40 PM

    Vikings front line defense played like it on the road…….GB front line defense “played like it too”while at home against the SB preseason favorites cleveland browns.

  9. theeWillZee says: Aug 14, 2010 11:42 PM

    Rosenfels > Bradford

  10. theeWillZee says: Aug 14, 2010 11:42 PM

    Rosenfels > Bradford

  11. Dial-A-Cliche says: Aug 14, 2010 11:51 PM

    Afterwards, Sage requested his number be changed. He will now wear #4

  12. robert ethen says: Aug 14, 2010 11:52 PM

    That’s what 50 million bucks gets you these days.

  13. MrSalamander says: Aug 15, 2010 12:00 AM

    Get used to it, kid. Richest poor bastard in the league!

  14. Mason222 says: Aug 15, 2010 12:04 AM

    The Juggernaut Season has Begun The Vike will rule beyong Bekif this Season !!! They will be like the 84m85,86 Super bowl Champs Combined

  15. VegasChris says: Aug 15, 2010 12:44 AM

    Joe Webb > Bradford

  16. Wukong says: Aug 15, 2010 12:45 AM

    @ Hooby
    There’s a post on Vick from yesterday, you dolt. Stop whining and go read about your dog killing hero.

  17. robert ethen says: Aug 15, 2010 12:47 AM

    Give the kid time, he is only 22 years old. Well, except for his right shoulder, which is 37.

  18. Allied Biscuit says: Aug 15, 2010 1:16 AM

    the vikes are increasing the trade value of Sage. that is, if they know Favre is coming back.

  19. smiley says: Aug 15, 2010 2:46 AM

    Why waste a post on a rookie?

  20. patpatriotagain says: Aug 15, 2010 2:52 AM

    after 1 game – clausen looks way better than bradford.

  21. trademcscab says: Aug 15, 2010 5:04 AM

    @ hooby…..obviously you watched the eagles jags then…..what did u forget about the fumble and interception vick had???he turned it over twice in a quarter in a half in preseason against the jags non the less……..CMONNNN MANNNN dont be dumb

  22. anton_chigur says: Aug 15, 2010 6:01 AM

    Have you considered that people who, like you, ride the short bus to school should NOT be posting without the benefit of spell check?

  23. bbq says: Aug 15, 2010 6:17 AM

    Tre-nitty said:
    “I say the rams sit him until week 8 and then slowly insert him.”
    I just don’t feel like that’s quite the approach a team called the “Rams” would take.

  24. Drat says: Aug 15, 2010 6:54 AM

    Tre-nitty is amirably loyal to the Rams, but a perfect example of the blindness of Rams fans. Sam got sacked because Bell wasn’t playing? Puhleez.

  25. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Aug 15, 2010 6:57 AM

    How did Favre do in the game?

  26. robmart0906 says: Aug 15, 2010 7:42 AM

    ok, the no-joints-exploding made my laugh

  27. CookieFlash says: Aug 15, 2010 9:23 AM

    He got a million dollars per sack he’ll take this season. I expect him to make good on that contract.

  28. GRpatriot says: Aug 15, 2010 9:25 AM

    50 million dollar contract! I guess 40 million is a pre-settlement for pain and sufferring, hey Florio?
    Why don’t lower tier Teams take care of their lines first? Why bring in a talented QB and watch him get brutalized?
    Seems like a fauxpas?

  29. Tre-nitty says: Aug 15, 2010 9:44 AM

    @drat what I meant is, that bell wouldve helped to slow down the pass rush. Also sj39 wasn’t playing to help pick up blocks, I men Darby and Chris O. Are backups for a reason. Bradford will be fine but he does need weapons(talking to you dummy devaney)

  30. Tinbender says: Aug 15, 2010 11:28 AM

    @GRpatriot, couldn’t agree more. The Rams would have better luck with their $50 mil going to Las Vegas. They could have built up the O line this year and got a quarterback next year. Now they will still suck this year, and in the end still have no O line and a beat to crap quarterback (see David Carr).

  31. CJ says: Aug 15, 2010 11:37 AM

    What’s with all the Bradford bashing? Considering the circumstances, I thought he looked pretty good. He had good zip on the ball and, more importantly, made smart and mature decisions.
    He threw the ball away instead of forcing passes or taking sacks and didn’t really make any bad decisions. The only reason he didn’t put up better numbers was that he was running for his life most of the night.
    I don’t understand how anyone can say Clausen “looked way better” than Bradford. Bradford’s innate abilities far exceed Clausen’s, it’s just that douche Clausen is in a much better situation.

  32. Norseman says: Aug 15, 2010 12:04 PM

    I thought Webb looked pretty good for the time he was in and the guys he was playing with and against. Sort of reminded me of Randall Cunningham a bit; tall, strong arm, good runner. I definitely want t0 see this guy play a lot more. I think it would make more sense for the Vikings to trade Rosenfels and develop Webb. Sage has been in the NFL, what, about 9-10 years already?

  33. edgy says: Aug 15, 2010 12:39 PM

    A few words for some of the more ignorant:
    1. The Rams were one of the worst defenses last year and they’re on their way to being one of the worst this year. Sage might as well have been throwing against a practice squad team and he had his best success after he was handed a gift and the second and third team defenses started to show up.
    2. Two of Sam’s passes were batted down NOT because he wasn’t making the adjustment but because the defenders had gotten deep into the backfield. Peyton Manning would have had them thrown back into his face.
    3. Clausen had a little luck against the Ravens. His second completion was a ball that hit the defender and popped up into the air and the receiver caught it. 6 of his 8 completions went for 36 yards while 44 of his 80 yards came from 2 completions (25 of them on the aforementioned pop up).
    If you thought Clausen was better than Bradford then you don’t know anything. Sam could have easily forced passes like Clausen and had one bite him in the ass like Jimmy did but he didn’t. He NEVER came close to throwing an interception while Clausen had one and should have had another. Clausen didn’t have as big a problem with the OL but he was sacked twice. Oh and Sam’s shoulders held up quite nice, thank you, after 4 sacks.

  34. Gravy Makes Sconnies Fat says: Aug 15, 2010 12:41 PM

    webb’s got all the tools but he’s even less nfl ready than tj was when he came in. i’d rather see him on the practice squad cause no way he could play in a reg. season game this year. personally i’d like to hang on to sage.

  35. sand0 says: Aug 16, 2010 7:26 AM

    Bradford looked fine I thought for a rookie. The Vikes D line just obliterated their o line and there was no time for him to throw. His accuracy is very good.

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