Both Sam Bradford and Aaron Rogers made their 2014 debut Saturday, and both looked like they hadn’t missed a beat from last season. However, at the end of the day, it was the Packers who got the best of the Rams, defeating them 21-7 in the Edward Jones Dome.
The Rams’ lone scoring drive came on the team’s second possession lead by Bradford who missed a good part of last season after tearing his ACL.
“It was nothing new, I’ve been here before,” Bradford said. “I think for everyone else it’s probably a bigger deal for me to get back out on the field.”
After missing a deep pass to Kenny Britt on the offenses first possession, Bradford hit Brian Quick for a 41-yard gain, and then targeted him again forcing a pass interference penalty. Bradford then completed a pass to his other big target, Kenny Britt, to put the Rams on the five yard line.
To finish off the drive, Bradford connected with tight end Lance Kendricks to cap off an eight play, 76-yard touchdown drive. The Rams quarterback finished 9/12 for 101 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams defense struggled to stop the Packers’ no-huddle offense early, submitting the game’s first 10 points, before finally getting on the board. In the second half, the Rams’ offense was ineffective and the Packers put on two scoring drives to separate themselves from the home team.
The Rams’ offensive line and secondary depth is a big concern at this point. The first team defense was also playing the much-loved “Tim Walton Soft Coverage Scheme”.
On some side notes though, Michael Sam got his first sack as a pro, but he will have to do a lot more to beat out Ethan Westbrooks who had a strong game as well. It also looks like Isaiah Pead will be lost for the season as he tore his early reports point to him tearing his ACL on the opening kickoff.
The Rams will go on the road in their final two preseason games, the next one being against Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns next Saturday at 7:00 CT.
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