Football betting facts of life are that a rookie quarterback is more likely than not to struggle and that was certainly the case in the Rams football gambling preseason opener.
St. Louis was crushed by the Minnesota Vikings 7-28 as a 2.5-point home favorite and Sam Bradford got a rude welcome to the NFL as the 2010 number one overall draft pick was reminded about how difficult it will be to play quarterback as a rookie in the pros.
Bradford had an obvious case of the jitters right from the start as he bobbled a snap and botched a pitch in his first series before settling down somewhat to hit on 4 of his first 5 passes. Bradford later struggled with the rough treatment of the Vikings defense.
“It was fun to get out there, get it a couple of times, get hit, get knocked down, get back up,” said Bradford. “Just getting into the flow of a football game was fun.”
Overall Bradford finished the game 6-13 passing for 57 yards as he was sacked 4 times. Bradford’s right shoulder that was injured and surgically repaired last year was tested and came out fine.
“I took a couple, landed on the shoulder,” Bradford said. “It’s not sore at all. We’ll see tomorrow how it feels, but right now it feels great.”
Overall it was a sorry debut, even for a preseason game with the football odds, for the Rams as they were outgained 150-414 and looked every bit the team that went 1-15 straight up last year.
Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo remains calm about the Rams long term prospects with the NFL lines for 2010 and was analytical about the game.
“In the first quarter we did a decent job,” said Spagnuolo. “After that I think it’s obvious we’ve got a lot of things to work on, both sides of the ball. We’ve got plenty of time, nobody’s panicking.”
The Rams next football betting matchup is August 21 at Cleveland before they travel to New England on August 26. The preseason finale is September 2 at home against Baltimore.
The Rams were still trying to close a deal on free agent running back Brian Westbrook, who was also talking to Dallas and Washington.