The St. Louis Rams’ number one draft pick, Sam Bradford, said after the game once he got that first snap out of the way, he was comfortable and ready to play, but he looked nervous until his 18-yard completion on his third play from scrimmage. From then on, things went mostly downhill for the new face of the franchise and the Rams as they lost 28-7 to the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night at the dome in St. Louis.
Sage Rosenfels was 23 of 34 for 310 yards and three touchdowns as he torched the Rams secondary for scores on 71, 65, and 14 yards. Vikings tight end Garrett Mills had four catches for 106 yards. He burned the Rams on the 65 yard score by catching a pass wide open down the seam.
Minnesota outgained the Rams 414 to 150. More on Bradford who was really the main draw this night. After he short armed a pitch to his running back on his first play, he bobbled the snap on his second play. Faced with a third and 8, Bradford was out of his usual shotgun (something he was used to at Oklahoma) and fired a pass over a linebacker to Laurent Robinson for a gain of 18. The Rams would eventually punt, but Bradford led the Rams on a 10 play drive, picking up two first downs and going 4 for 6. The Rams were stopped on third and fourth and one stalling the drive.
Bradford’s next two drives were three and outs as he was sacked on consecutive plays on his third drive. He finished the first half 4 of 10, and misfired on five straight passes.
Bradford finished the night 6 of 13 for 57 yards with three sacks and two hurries. His shoulder took a couple of shots, but after the game he said he felt fine and it was nice to get back out onto the field.