Week Five Analysis:
It was a very promising start for Sam Bradford this year, averaging 297 yards per game over the first three weeks, but he looked like the bad Bradford of old last Thursday against a strong 49ers defense. This week fortunes have turned and he plays the opposite of the 49ers. Hell, the Jaguars are barely an NFL team. Jaguars are so bad, and fall behind so quickly, that their opponents just haven't been passing against them. But that might not be the formula here, as the Rams running game has been awful. Bradford should see enough reps to put up some decent numbers. They've given up seven quarterback touchdowns in just the last two weeks, and only Oakland failed to throw a touchdown against the Jaguars.
Week Three Analysis:
The Cowboys secondary has been dramatically worse this year than last. They've allowed the 9th most passing yards, and the second-most passing touchdowns. Eli Manning blew through them in the opener, and then Alex Smith put together a decent stat line, 225 yards, 57 rushing yards and two scores. Meanwhile, this week's opponent, Sam Bradford, has been dramatically better this year than last. His 651 passing yards to open the year are his two best back-to-back games ever. And, he's augmented it with five touchdowns. For the first time in his career, Bradford has three quality receiving targets. It's paying off, and he'll likely post a very good game against a secondary with question marks.
We keep making excuses for Sam Bradford. He's been hurt a lot. His receivers have been hurt a lot. His offensive line hasn't been very good. I'm sick of it. It's time for Bradford to live up to his draft position, and start producing with whatever weapons are around him. And considering the team's offseason moves, he can't complain. The Rams secured Bradford's blind side, adding fantastic tackle Jake Long. They brought in the best free agent tight end, the monstrous Jared Cook. And they drafted the first receiver of the draft, Tavon Austin. He's coming off a career high 21 touchdowns, and considering his new weapons, his stability in coaching, and tenure, he should be able to flourish, and offer sneaky sleeper status.