The Cardinals vs. Rams game on Sunday may be far more interesting than their rematch. The first Cardinals vs. Rams game in the 2010 season will have Sam Bradford as the starting quarterback for the St. Louis Rams. They just took him as the No. 1 overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, and now Bradford is getting thrown right into the fire. The Rams are facing a declining Arizona Cardinals team to start out the 2010 NFL season though, and it could be one of the main reasons why the Rams coaching staff was willing to give Bradford a shot in week 1. The other season is the ailing A.J. Feeley.
These aren’t the same Arizona Cardinals that went 10-6 last season and won the NFC West. The loss of quarterback Kurt Warner to retirement will hurt, and they come into this season much weaker at the wide receiver position as well. Derek Anderson will be asked to pick up the slack on offense as the new starting quarterback, but this team has a long ways to go in order to prove that they can contend in the NFC West again. With the expected rise of the San Francisco 49ers this season, it could quickly turn into a rebuilding year for Arizona if they don’t come out of the gate strong.
On the other side of the ball we have the St. Louis Rams, who finished the 2009 regular season with a 1-15 record that was good enough to get them the first selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. They were outscored 436-175 last year, and there wasn’t much positive that anyone could say about this team. The huge bright spot was running back Steven Jackson, who went for 1,416 rushing yards on just 324 carries. His problem was that he couldn’t get into the end zone enough, finishing the season with just four touchdowns. Now he will be asked to help spread the ball and give Bradford a nice target on sweep plays.
A lot of NFL fans will get to see the Cardinals vs. Rams game on Fox this Sunday, September 12, with kickoff scheduled for 1:15 p.m. PST (4:15 p.m. EST). It will be a great first look at Sam Bradford, and it will show the rest of the NFL if this rookie quarterback is ready for the speed of the professional game. It’s unclear how long Bradford will have the starting job this season, but it may be dependent on how he performs during the first few weeks of the season. Bradford should eventually be a reliable quarterback in the NFL, but Rams fans have suffered long enough, and they want him to be great right now.