NFL Predictions Week 2: Sam Bradford Will Bounce Back Against New York Giants

Brian TaylorCorrespondent IIISeptember 15, 2011

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 11: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams throws against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Edward Jones Dome on September 11, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has been hyped up just about as much as any NFL player this offseason.

Against the Eagles in Week 1, he failed to live up to the hype.

Rams fans can't put the blame solely on Bradford, though. He did just about everything he could, even with poor play from receivers and a non-stop pass rush.

What Bradford did that should stand out is that he didn't make mistakes.

Aside from the fumble for a touchdown, he didn't throw any interceptions or force the ball where it shouldn't be.

Against the Philadelphia secondary that boasts three Pro Bowl cornerbacks, that's pretty impressive.

Because of that, even in this time of despair for the Rams, I believe Sam Bradford will bounce back for a monster game against the New York Giants.

All of the fantasy football "experts" are talking about how big of a game Cadillac Williams will have.

While I think he will perform well, I can see Bradford throwing for over 300 yards and a couple of touchdowns against a banged up Giants secondary.

New York is missing both Terrell Thomas and Prince Amukamara, who went down for the season during the preseason.

Their loss proved to be huge last week when Rex Grossman came out of nowhere to post 305 yards and two touchdowns.

The Rams' biggest weakness is at wide receiver.

You can argue the same thing about the Washington Redskins. Grossman was throwing to Santana Moss and a bunch of fill-in guys.

Sam Bradford doesn't have great targets either, but Brandon Gibson, in particular, has shown flashes of brilliance.

If Gibson shows up to play, both he and Bradford can expect big games.

Lance Kendricks will be the other beneficiary of the weak Giants secondary. I know that Kendricks was a ghost last week against the Eagles, but this is the perfect chance for redemption.

Fred Davis of the Redskins is an athletic tight end much like Kendricks, and he torched New York for over 100 yards receiving.

Maybe this is a stretch, but it appears there has been some magic working for the quarterbacks playing in primetime.

Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and Chad Henne all threw for at least 400 yards. Kyle Orton and Aaron Rodgers threw for over 300. That's five out of the six quarterbacks playing in primetime going for over 300 yards.

Coincidence? Probably, but maybe the magic will carry over into Week 2.

Before you begin to write off the Rams for the season, put some faith in Sam Bradford.

He's a tough kid who battled through a lot of adversity one season ago. Bradford will be the key to the Rams if they want to beat the Giants.

Expect him to bounce back and possibly stun the New York Giants on national television