Posted: 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
By Michael Gallagher
Care to guess with quarterback leads the NFL in pass attempts? Well, since this is about Sam Bradford, he's probably the logically guess, and that's exactly the case. The former first overall pick has been slinging it all over the field with 48 attempts last week and 55 in Week 2.
His stats haven't quite matched the attempts with just a 6.3 yards per attempt while ranking ninth in passing yards at 891. The Rams don't have much of a ground game and they rank 29th as a team, which explains the amount on Bradford's plate this year.
Even with the 49ers banged up on defense, he's got a very unfriendly matchup. San Francisco has gone up against three formidable offense so far this season in the Packers, Colts and Seahawks, yet the team has still allowed the eighth fewest passing yards in the league.
The Rams have a bunch of young receivers, which could explain Bradford's low YPA. Chris Givens is still fifth in the league in yards per catch and the Rams will need to use him to stretch the field to open up the field. Tavon Austin and Jared Cook will be running more intermediate routes in case Bradford can't get time.
Fantasy impact: Bradford owners are probably pleased with his production to date, but this is not one of the times he should be counted on. He's not a top-15 option this time around, even though Aldon Smith won't be chasing after him and Patrick Willis is banged up.