With two minutes left in the second quarter Sam Bradford’s line is that of the consummate dinker and dunker: It’s taken him 22 attempts to get to 102 passing yards and his first touchdown of the afternoon, a two-yard jot to Danny Amendola, but he’s completed 18 of those passes. His passer rating stands at 101.1 through the first half.
Starting at the Rams’ 45 he began a seven minute touchdown drive that involves six completions, including a game-high 16-yard connection with Laurent Robinson, who leads the team with four receptions through the first quarter. Steven Jackson’s been relatively ineffective—he has 11 carries for 34 yards—and the Rams have responded by riding Sam Bradford’s newfound accuracy, even if it means 4.5 yards per attempt.
The Panthers’ offense remains stagnant, but it’s not all their fault—thanks to the Rams’ slow-and-steady offense they’ll have just eight minutes with the football in this first half. Matt Moore had just five pass attempts before the two-minute warning, and Jonathan Stewart just four carries (for one yard.)