In his last three weeks, Sam Bradford, the St. Louis Rams' erstwhile franchise savior, has, in order: Gained 152 yards in 35 attempts; completed just over half of his passes; and completed exactly a third of his passes. It's been a rough ride down since his outstanding duel against Robert Griffin III back in Week 2, and what's so baffling about it is that Bradford rarely looks all bad. Against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, Bradford completed three of his first four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown—it was a ruthless, remarkably quick drive, the kind of thing you'd expect from Peyton Manning.
Then he fell apart. Eventually he was 6-for-20 for 90 yards, a touchdown, and an interception, which is the kind of thing that gets you Jimmy Clausen'd if you do it too many times.
Then he completed a beautiful, third-and-long 51-yard touchdown pass to Chris Givens, putting the game out of reach and securing the Rams' third victory in five games. Some dropped passes make Bradford's line on Thursday a little less gory than it first appears, but not a lot less gory.
That's the kind of thing the Rams have had to deal with this year, and it's not going to get any easier with Danny Amendola sidelined at least a month, either. Chris Givens's 50-yard receptions in each of the last two weeks are a harbinger of good things, but they aren't something to count on yet. Meanwhile, veteran Steve Smith and rookie Brian Quick, each expected to contribute, have failed to even consistently make the active roster.
The Rams need Sam Bradford to contribute; Steven Jackson just can't carry this offense alone anymore. But with Amendola injured, he'll need more help than he's gotten from the rest of the wide receiving corps.