Breaking Down the Week 2 Game Tape of Sam Bradford's Touchdowns

Steven Gerwel@Steve_GerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 19, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the Washington Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

The St. Louis Rams evened out their record at 1-1 with an impressive 31-28 win over the Washington Redskins last Sunday, and quarterback Sam Bradford played a major role in that victory. 

Bradford completed 74.0 percent of his passes for 310 and three touchdowns. It was his fourth 300-yard game since entering the NFL in 2010 and just the second three-touchdown game of his career.

Bradford is also currently third in the NFL in quarterback rating (112.4), behind only Alex Smith (115.9) and Matt Ryan (117.6).  

Statistically, the Washington game was the best of his career.

The Redskins had no answer for Bradford's arm, which is why he was responsible for all three Rams touchdowns. 

Read on, as this piece will use screenshots in order to give you a closer look at all three of Bradford's touchdowns from Sunday. 

Touchdown No. 1 (Danny Amendola, Second Quarter)

As you can see in this photo, the Rams are in a goal-line formation with the slot receiver and tight end crunched in, one running back and two receivers out wide. 

The Redskins naturally have nine men in the box, including the safety up top. The safety isn't exactly in for run support, as he's more interested in the receiver out wide. 

After the ball is snapped, the top safety begins to inch over toward the receiver out wide. 

Running back Daryl Richardson is coming up the left tackle's rear, and you can clearly see that both inside linebackers are zeroing in on him closely. 

Meanwhile, there are two defensive backs at the line of scrimmage. Tight end Lance Kendricks cuts to the left in hopes of taking one of the backs with him.

In the third image, the receiver out wide has a corner tight on his back, and the safety is in a good position to make a play. 

Meanwhile, you can see that Kendricks is successful in taking away one of the defensive backs. Although, one of the inside linebackers loses interest in the running back and narrows in on Danny Amendola. 

Despite being double-covered, Amendola plants his foot and turns back toward the quarterback, leaving both defenders behind him. 

Since the defenders are at his back rather than in front of him, Bradford is able to fire it in there for six points.

Touchdown No. 2 (Brandon Gibson, Third Quarter)

The Rams are in Redskins territory looking for their first lead of the game. They have a three-receiver set featuring Danny Amendola and Lance Kendricks, with Brandon Gibson out wide. 

Amendola is motioned over, leaving two receivers on the left side.

As a result, the Redskins stack three defensive backs on the left side while keeping two backs over Gibson out wide. 

The ball is snapped, and neither of the two linebackers drop back into coverage. 

The right-side safety begins the shift over to the left side in order to help out (can't be seen in the photo), which makes sense considering Amendola was on fire. The only problem is that Gibson now has just one defensive back covering him. 

The rest is pretty simple—Gibson made the cornerback eat his dust, and the safety was too slow to help out. 

A well-thrown ball from Sam Bradford and a nice catch by Gibson gives the Rams six points and their first lead of the game. 

Touchdown No. 3 (Matthew Mulligan, Fourth Quarter)

It's the beginning of the final quarter, and the Redskins took the lead on the previous drive with a touchdown. 

The Rams are looking to answer back with a touchdown of their own, and thanks to an 18-yard catch by Daryl Richardson on the previous play, St. Louis is knocking at the door on the goal line. 

The Rams offense is in a gutsy goal-line package with two running backs and two tight ends, as well as No. 82 Matthew Mulligan playing the wing. 

The Redskins have all 11 defenders in the box, including a defensive back on each end ready to split out into coverage. 

The ball is snapped, and Sam Bradford drops back to fake the hand off. The entire Washington defense is watching the run. 

The play-action is successfully sold. 

Bradford is on the move and begins to scan the field. The entire Redskins defense is still focused on Bradford and the backfield. 

As a traditional blocking tight end, Mulligan makes a move past the linebacker. Mulligan is hardly considered a threat, so the the two inside backers pay literally no attention to him whatsoever. 

In the red circle, you see Mulligan, who managed to get behind the entire Washington defense without attracting any attention. 

In the blue circle, you see the only Redskins defender with his eyes on Mulligan. And at that point, the defender is so far away, he might as well be in another country. 

With a defender closing in, Bradford hits Mulligan at the top of the end zone, and the Rams score their final touchdown of the game. 


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