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Sam Bradford talks up the Rams as NFC West contenders

The Rams were the worst team in the league last year, which earned them the opportunity to select Sam Bradford with the first pick in the draft. Now Bradford thinks the Rams are heading toward the playoffs.

In an interview with Dan Patrick today, Bradford said he doesn’t see any reason the Rams can’t win the NFC West.

“Each week I feel more comfortable,” Bradford said. “I expect for this team to compete for the division.”

That might sound a little crazy when the Rams have gone 1-15, 2-14 and 3-13 the last three seasons, but it’s really not: The Rams are 2-2 and in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC West, along with the Cardinals and Seahawks.

And considering that the Rams get to play the Lions on Sunday, while the Cardinals play the Saints and the Seahawks are off, it’s entirely possible that a week from today, the Rams will be the only team in the division with a winning record.

Can they keep it up for 12 more weeks? Who knows? But Bradford is right to feel good about his team’s chances.

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28 Responses to “Sam Bradford talks up the Rams as NFC West contenders”
  1. Simon12345 says: Oct 5, 2010 10:33 AM

    You got to love his attitude and poise. I watched him vs. the Skins and his calm and poise as a rookie starting his 3rd game was impressive.
    Who knows if the Rams make the playoffs but he is definitely going to be up there with the really good QBs for years to come…

  2. Complete Fan says: Oct 5, 2010 10:33 AM

    Given that 6-10 could win that division, I see no reason they can’t contend.

  3. betheball says: Oct 5, 2010 10:40 AM

    “And considering that the Rams get to play the Lions on Sunday, while the Cardinals play the Saints and the Seahawks are off, it’s entirely possible that a week from today, the Rams will be the only team in the division with a winning record.”
    The Lions are fed up with losing and they finally have a good enough team to do something about it. Mark it down…Lions win, Saints win and the Seahawks move into first place on the strength of their bye week.

  4. MotorCityKitties says: Oct 5, 2010 10:45 AM

    The Lions have lost 3 games by a total of 10 points. The Lions were robbed week 1 and should be 1-3. The Rams are about to feel a months worth of frustration on Sunday to give the Lions their first win. Lock it in.

  5. answer3 says: Oct 5, 2010 10:57 AM

    seahawks will be in first place after having the week off.

  6. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Oct 5, 2010 10:57 AM

    First thing is, he’s a rookie so he expects to win. Most of them won the overwhelming majority of their college games. Being a little naive doesn’t hurt either.
    Second thing is, it’s the NFC West. Alabama could win that division.

  7. MyronB says: Oct 5, 2010 11:10 AM

    What a difference a good quarterback makes for a team.
    I’m laughing at all of those people that said the Rams should have taken Suh #1 in the draft. If they had done that, they might still be winless. Instead, they stand a very good chance of winning their division and going from 1 win to playoffs in a single year.
    Bravo, Rams front office.

  8. heartstl says: Oct 5, 2010 11:16 AM

    The Rams have lost 2 games by a total of 6 points and won 2 games by a total of 31 points.

  9. lars thorwald says: Oct 5, 2010 11:21 AM

    None of the teams in the NFC West are very good, and you could make a case that the Rams have the most talented QB in the division, even if he is a rookie.
    The 0-4 Niners have a chance to get back in it with a win against the Vick-less Eagles this week. Lose that game, however, and it may be tough to recover…….
    Other than Leon Washington returning kicks, the Seahawks are nothing special, and the Cardinals still have no one under center. So, yes, Mr. Bradford may have a point.

  10. shaggeez says: Oct 5, 2010 11:29 AM

    ya as weird as it sounds, they are legitimately in that division race. i think the seahawks will pull it out in the end. more than anything it goes to show how bad that division really is. if you put any of those 4 teams in any other division they’d be at the bottom. its a joke

  11. txtumbleweed says: Oct 5, 2010 11:32 AM

    The Niners should be 3-1 but fate has been against them. They out played the Saints, the Seahawks and the Falcons. They will win the division if the ball begins to bounce their way!

  12. tamer says: Oct 5, 2010 11:54 AM

    NFC West has been the laughingstock of the NFL for quite some time now. Rams, I mean the team who won 6 games in 3 seasons are playing for the division title. I think that sums it up for the NFC West.

  13. allinSTACKme says: Oct 5, 2010 12:01 PM

    txtumbleweed says:
    October 5, 2010 11:32 AM
    The Niners should be 3-1 but fate has been against them.
    ————————————————–
    BUT, they’re 0-4, and that’s the only stat that matters.

  14. slizz says: Oct 5, 2010 12:12 PM

    Rams are slowly putting the pieces together to have a Colts-type run in the NFC West.
    I’m serious too!
    They have their 2 tackles already sured up (Saffold & Smith). They have one of the better centers in the NFL (Brown).
    They have a stud runningback with 2 good years left (Jackson).
    Their defense is improving and with a solid draft and a key move in free agency…they will be there. But to have 3/5ths of your offensive line and a QB locked up long-term is damn good. Throw in a WR (Jackson maybe?) and I can see St. Louis running the NFC West just like the Colts did to the South.

  15. Tinbender says: Oct 5, 2010 12:13 PM

    Bradford is already one of the two better quarterbacks in NFC west, better than anyone the 49’ers or Cardinals have. In two years he may well be one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL, barring injuries.

  16. mwcarolina says: Oct 5, 2010 12:38 PM

    funny enough, Bradford is right, this division is not that good, the Rams have just as much a chance as anyone in the West to win it.

  17. BrooklynNiner19 says: Oct 5, 2010 12:45 PM

    Niners will be 1-4, one game behind Sea. And Rams after Rams get tourched Sunday

  18. Hawkfan50 says: Oct 5, 2010 1:08 PM

    It’s anyone’s division to win , with the exception of the 9’ers . They’d have to go 8-4 the rest of the way after an 0-4 start just to get to 8-8 . Not very likely …
    Bradford looks very good so far . The Rams have themselves a good young quarterback .

  19. wrath4771 says: Oct 5, 2010 1:09 PM

    The Lions are no longer a gimme win, but you have to love the attitude of Bradford. He has to have that kind of attitude and expectation if he is going to lead this team. Good for him.

  20. tamer says: Oct 5, 2010 1:40 PM

    If Lions were in this division, they would easily win it with the way they are playing.

  21. thejabronisayz says: Oct 5, 2010 1:43 PM

    @ DC_Bengals_Fan
    “Second thing is, it’s the NFC West. Alabama could win that division.”
    ——————————–
    No college team, even Alabama, would come remotely close to COMPETING with an NFL team, let alone winning a division. The Bills would destroy Alabama.

  22. awhart says: Oct 5, 2010 2:00 PM

    I’m so glad to see my beloved Rams winning again. I was a huge supporter of Suh over Bradford with the first pick so I’m pleasantly surprised to have been proven wrong thus far. It’s almost surreal to see our offense moving the ball with consistency after watching them over the past few years. Now if we can only get a few decent receivers Bradford will really develop into something special.
    The Lions are definitely going to be hungry and they played us tough last year so 0 – 4 doesn’t mean much at this point. Our defense, however, has been amazing so far this year so I’m expecting a W (I barely remember what it’s like to expect a win at this point lol) this week. Go Rams GO!!!

  23. DH says: Oct 5, 2010 2:03 PM

    The rams beat the Redskins, the seahawks beat the Chargers both decent teams. why does everyone hate on the NFC west. The Rams had so many top 5 draft picks in a row they should begin to contend otherwise their coach would be out of a job. Bradford is talented, but what will happen if he gets his collar bone crushed by a boy named suh? Seahawks will get it together as their O-Line returns to full strenght and they face the rams at home next time. Niners fans are all about if this and if that, maybe if alex smith stops throwing 3 picks a game they would be this. LOL

  24. edgy1957 says: Oct 5, 2010 5:00 PM

    Where are the haters who were so loud this summer about what a brittle bust that Bradford was going to be? He’s a hell of a lot better than you “experts” ever thought he was and he’s certainly held up better than you “experts” had predicted. You know that bitter taste that you have now – it’s called CROW (YUM!).

  25. ShaKey says: Oct 5, 2010 5:22 PM

    thejabronisayz says:
    October 5, 2010 1:43 PM
    No college team, even Alabama, would come remotely close to COMPETING with an NFL team…

    Actually, they used to have college all-stars play the NFL/Superbowl champions in preseason until the late 70’s. The College All-Stars record is 9-31-2.
    I wish they would bring this game and the Playoff Bowl back.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_All-Star_Game

  26. ppdoc13 says: Oct 5, 2010 5:37 PM

    we are talking about the NFC west which is without question the worst division in football. Someone has to win the division.
    My only concern for Bradford is his long term durability. The kid has a good arm, is accurate as hell, and looks like a good leader. But having already had two major should injuries on his throwing side is not a harbinger for a long career in the NFL. I will never forget what happened to Bert Jones who was my QB hero as a teenager. He went essentially from the NFL POY to out of business in less than 2 years from a rotator cuff injury to his throwing shoulder. And that dude had a freaking howitzer for an arm.

  27. edgy1957 says: Oct 5, 2010 6:57 PM

    ppdoc13 says:
    My only concern for Bradford is his long term durability. The kid has a good arm, is accurate as
    ************************
    Again – ONE – NOT TWO injuries. He chose to try to do it without surgery and he aggravated the same injury. He had the same surgery as Drew Brees and I don’t hear ANYONE questioning Drew’s durability. If he had chosen to have the surgery and given up on the season, there were be NO question about his durability.

  28. comment_submission_error says: Oct 5, 2010 9:02 PM

    When you’re 2-2 and the team that was supposed to own your division is 0-4, and you’ve been cherry-picking the draft board for several years, there might be reason for subdued optimism. Still, Bradford should keep it to himself for now. He did get beat by the Raiders.

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