The St. Louis Rams scored a big victory over the Washington Redskins as a 3.5-point home underdog Sunday and now travel to Chicago to take on the Bears in a battle of .500 teams.
St. Louis showed good resolve in bouncing back against the ‘Skins from a heart-wrenching, last-second loss to the Detroit Lions in Week One. Highlights included quarterback Sam Bradford finding a new favorite target and a Rams’ defense that did just enough to hold on to a 31-28 win.
Wide receiver Danny Amendola missed almost all of last year because of a dislocated elbow. On Sunday, he hauled in 15 passes for 160 yards to pace the Rams. Running back Steven Jackson started but missed the majority of the game because of what head coach Jeff Fisher called a strained groin. Backup Daryl Richardson filled in nicely with 83 yards on 16 carries. Bradford played well to finsh the day 26 of 35 for 310 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.
With the well-respected Fisher now at the helm in St. Louis, the Rams are showing the looks of a potential “surprise” team this NFL season. They were 2-14 a year ago, but the fact is there have been at least one team go from being a last-place team to a division winner in each of the last eight NFL seasons. Its not to say the Rams will challenge the 49ers for division supremacy this year, but for bettors this is the exact type of team that can prove profitable if identified early enough in the NFL schedule.
St. Louis catches a team this week in the Bears that looked in complete disarray during their nationally-televised loss to the Green Bay Packers Thursday night. Quarterback Jay Cutler was borderline out-of-control berating teammates—despite throwing four interceptions himself in the game—and these things usually become either a spark to a team or proves to be its undoing. Coach Lovie Smith will have to handle the fallout of Thursday night delicately with his players this week.