Originally written on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 11/19/14

It wasn’t but a week ago that I went all in and played nice with Sam Bradford, and then he comes out and drops this game on me? Really Sam, I need to continue to call you out week after week?

On the other side you have my Super Bowl winners who look like, well they are good enough to beat teams like the Rams.

This game wasn’t pretty in any way shape or form, but it got the results that I expected.

On to The Good, The Bad, The Ugly St. Louis Rams v Chicago Bears.

Bears 23
Rams 6

The Good

The Bears defense was back.

Six sacks and nine quarterback hits in one game?  Who do these Bears think they are?  The Cardinals?

The Bears were everywhere, wreaking havoc throughout the game and holding the Rams to 160 TOTAL yards on offense, also picking off young Sam Bradford two times, including a 45 yard INT return for a touchdown by Major Wright that really put Chicago in the driver’s seat for the remainder of the game.

There is a lot to be said for a stellar defense that keeps your offense in a ball game, especially when they are sputtering along like the Bears offense has as of late.

The Bad

We will get this going… right?

The Bears offense was supposed to be on track this season, and while it is still very early, it doesn’t matter, the question has to be asked: Is Jay Cutler good enough?

No one I read has been as high on the Bears, yeah I picked them as the Super Bowl champs and also picked Cutler as my MVP, but he has been anything but valuable.

While Cutler hasn’t hit his marks like I had hoped, it isn’t all on Cutler.

Brandon Marshall has been adequate as a number one receiver, but isn’t giving the Bears the big plays that they had hoped, and Alshon Jeffery has put up ok numbers as a rookie wideout, but he has struggled, at least in the 2 games I have had him in, to get separation and get open.

Add in the injury to Forte in this game, and maybe it’s just a bump in the road, but things need to get clicking so I don’t seem like such a moron by backing these guys.

The Ugly

It’s not all on me.

Again, I am easily one of the harshest critics of Sam Bradford, and he was without a doubt abysmal on this Sunday statistically, but those stats don’t tell the whole story.

It starts simply with the fact that he has zero, I repeat, zero protection from the offensive line.

Bradford was under duress for the majority of the day, and he can’t make plays when he is running for his life.

The other reason he can’t make plays is because he has no playmakers surrounding him.

The Rams weren’t going all in this season and with they passed on more refined and NFL ready players in order to stockpile guys with higher upside talent that may not make much of an impact this season.

With Brian Quick having no impact thus far, Isaiah Pead doing nothing and Chris Givens having two whole catches on the season it wasn’t as though the Rams went out and signed a ton of talent to surround him with.

The Rams have given Bradford the short end of the stick when it comes to surrounding him with talent, and it has shown with inconsistency and even more, some just downright horrid starts.

He has to get better, but he needs his surrounding players to help out if he is ever going to be the franchise saver that the Rams need him to be.

 


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