This past offseason was not kind to Sam Bradford. The St. Louis Rams were told by their fans, at various times, to atone for giving their franchise quarterback David Carr Syndrome; to draft him a bunch of wide receivers and offensive linemen and give him one more chance; to admit to the mistake they made and start looking elsewhere; and even, in the run-up to the 2012 NFL Draft, to just give up and start over with Robert Griffin III.
Sunday, Sam Bradford beat Robert Griffin III head to head. While the Rams' young defense hounded RG3 at every opportunity, Bradford calmly picked the Redskins apart, relying heavily on an outstanding performance from Danny Amendola in the first half and then looking everywhere in the second. He finished 26-for-35 with 310 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception.
He did all that, even, while Steven Jackson sat on the bench for the entirety of the second half. The Rams aren't suddenly contenders, and Sam Bradford isn't suddenly a top-tier NFL quarterback. But on Sunday the Rams, for the first time in a while, saw for an entire game the quarterback who they drafted back in 2010.