NFL Preseason, Minnesota Vikings At St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford Sacked Four Times In Debut

Sam Bradford proves that he can't help an O-line that doesn't help itself.

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NFL Preseason: Vikings Punish Rams 28-7; Sam Bradford Sacked Four Times In Debut

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Sage Rosenfels threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 28-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams in each team’s first preseason game.

Rosenfels relieved starter Tarvaris Jackson early in the game and completed 23-of-34 attempts, including touchdown passes of 65 and 71 yards to Garrett Mills and Marko Mitchell, respectively. The Vikings, currently playing without last year’s starting quarterback, Brett Favre, are looking to build on a season that saw them lose in overtime in the NFC Championship to New Orleans.

Rookie Toby Gerhart led the team in rushing with 24 yards on eight carries, and Mills ended with four catches for 106 yards.

Top overall pick Sam Bradford made his Rams debut and completed 6-of-13 passes for 57 yards. Bradford was given one of the richest contracts in league history as a rookie, and it will be up to him to lead the Rams to an improvement on last year’s 2-14 mark.

“It was exciting,” Bradford said. “Obviously, it’s the first time I’ve been in a game situation for a long time. It was fun to get out there, get hit a couple times, get knocked down, get back up. You know, just getting back into the flow of a football game was fun.”

Danny Amendola accounted for St. Louis’ lone offense with a 93-yard punt return for a TD in the opening quarter.

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NFL Preseason, Vikings At St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford Sacked Twice In Final Series Of First Half

The first half of Rams quarterback Sam Bradford’s NFL career ended with two consecutive sacks in Saturday’s preseason contest with the Minnesota Vikings. As the two-minute warning sounded, Bradford, who finished the half 4-10 with 39 passing yards, was sacked on second and third down by Vikings DE Jayme Mitchell.

The half ended with the Rams down 14-7. The Rams struck in the first quarter, when Danny Amendola returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown. First-string quarterback A.J. Feeley finished the half 3-6.

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NFL Preseason: Rams' Sam Bradford Not Afraid Of Shoulder

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford isn’t afraid of getting hit for the first time since shoulder injuries cut his illustrious college career short. The Post-Dispatch reports:

There was edginess to his answer Thursday on the subject during his last media session before the Minnesota game.

“It’s not a big deal to me,” Bradford said. “I mean, I don’t really know why people keep bringing it up. You know, it’s part of the game. I’ve taken hits all my life. It’ll be just another hit when I get hit on Saturday.”

Of course, ideally, they just don’t hit him very hard. Sam Bradford’s shoulder isn’t just a referendum on the quarterback’s health, it’s a referendum on the Rams’ young, untested offensive line. They’d better not give him the Marc Bulger treatment.

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