NFL odds opened with the Rams as 8 point dogs at New England but Bradford sparked a thrilling 36-35 win over the Patriots and the NFL betting odds.
Bradford was the number one overall pick in the 2010 draft and was 15-22 for 189 yards in his start at New England with completions on his first six attempts.
“It was a blast out there tonight,” said the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Oklahoma. “I had fun. I was used to doing what I was doing - moving the offense up and down the field.”
“Sam Bradford was leading the charge,” said running back Steven Jackson.
While Bradford had his best performance so far in preseason Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo was non-committal about an opening day start against the Arizona Cardinals on September 12.
“We’ve got to look at the film,” said Spagnuolo. “I want to see how he handled things when there was pressure. We know he’s a smart guy. We know he’s talented.”
The win at New England was the second straight in preseason play for the Rams with the NFL betting lines.
Spagnuolo was impressed with the $50 million rookie’s arm at New England.
“It was the velocity that got there,” said the coach. “It was the fact that he beat some guys that were in real close coverage and that’s a sign of a good quarterback. He was excellent.”
The Rams impressed everyone that is handicapping the NFL lines as they outgained New England 462-288 in yards and had a time of possession of 43:46.
There was one element of the win for Bradford and the Rams that was bad as top wide receiver Donnie Avery suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the entire season. Possible replacements include Danny Amendola, Keenan Burton, and rookie Mardy Gilyard.
General manager Billy Devaney simply said that “I just want the receivers-if they play to their ability, we’ll be ok.”
Bradford will start in the preseason finale with the NFL odds Thursday night with the Baltimore Ravens.
AJ Feeley was slated to be the Rams starting quarterback but is questionable to even suit up against the Ravens due to a sore thumb.