Bradford's Offensive Line Hasn't Done Him Any Favors, Plus More NFC West News

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterSeptember 27, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 27:  Sam Acho #94 and Darnell Dockett #90 both of the Arizona Cardinals sack Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 27, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals beat the Rams 23-20.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Without a doubt, the Rams' offense last week was a thing of futility. The patchwork offensive line had a tough time protecting Sam Bradford and the corp of wide receivers struggled to get open. At least half of the Bears' sacks from Week 3 were caused by the stout coverage, or the fact Bradford held onto the ball too long.

According to the stat masters over at Pro Football Focus, No. 8 has dropped back 111 times through three games this season and has faced pressure on almost 40 percent of those drop backs. Compare that number to the Detroit Lions' offensive line who is only giving up a pressure on 14 percent of their drop backs. 

It will help being in St. Louis against Seattle in Week 4 because it always seems like the Rams play better at home. In Week 2 the Edward Jones Dome was rocking and I'm sure the players are hoping that's the case again this week. They know how hard it is to play in Seattle at the Link, so giving the Seahawks a taste of there own medicine would be all too sweet. 

Coach Fisher's defense is playing at a really high level right now. Sure, they are not where they want to be, but what team is after three weeks?

Their secondary has shown the ability to take the ball away from opposing quarterbacks. PFF has the Rams as the 12th best team at covering the pass. Cortland Finnegan is proving to be worth every penny and Janoris Jenkins is improving by the week. 

Let's hope this offensive line returns to full health before they sink St. Louis' season. 


Arizona Cardinals

Marc Sessler of speculates on whether or not Kevin Kolb will remain the Cardinals starting quarterback when John Skelton returns.

Andrew Nordmeier of Bleacher Report takes on the tough task of predicting Arizona's Week 4 statistics against the Dolphins.


San Francisco 49ers

Cam Inman of the breaks down Alex Smith and concludes that he is still not throwing deep.

Joseph Akeley of Bleacher Report goes back in time and looks at five moves the 49ers should have made this past offseason. 


Seattle Seahawks

Timothy Holland of says Russell Wilson is the fastest quarterback out of the gate. 

Darin Pike of Bleacher Report looks at Monday night's controversy and said it helped settle the referee lockout. 


St. Louis Rams

The Associated Press spotlights Rams' rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein. His perfect kicking through the first three games has garnered national attention.

Donald Wood of Bleacher Report gives us the latest on Steven Jackson's groin injury. 


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