Now there is a name you haven't heard in awhile. London Fletcher, perennial pro bowl snub might bring up some old, half-healed wounds. Memories of the Rams jettisoning defensive talent because of the 'great' drafts they had, only to see said veterans have long and fruitful careers with other teams. In many ways, this match-up is a glimpse at the Rams of old vs. the Rams of new. The Jim Haslett led defense will feature both Fletcher and O.J. Atogwe, and if you think there isn't any bad blood for either of them towards the Rams organization, think again.
Hit the jump to explore what we might see when the offense takes the field against the Redskins.
Let's first take a look at everyone's favorite ping pong champion, Sam Bradford. He's had somewhat of an off year so far, looking strictly at his stat line:
While the QB rating is understandable, given his TD/Int numbers, the biggest thing that worries me is both the yards per attempt and his completion percentage. While it's clear it isn't all his fault, as the offensive line has been horrible and the receivers have dropped about 15 passes so far this year. But clearly, Sam Bradford has not performed as he did early last year. Ultimately, the offense rests with the QB and Bradford must at some point take the next step towards becoming that 70 million dollar QB. 32nd best will not cut it against this defense
On the other side of the ball is London Fletcher. Here are his stats so far this year:
So far, he has had a good year, at least by London Fletcher standards. Couple that with the fact that he's statistically one of the best players in terms of defeats (a defeat either causes a turnover, a loss of yardage or stops a conversion on 3rd or 4th) and the Rams offensive problems just got worse.
While London Fletcher isn't the youngest player on the field, he is great at what he does. The Redskins defense is no pushover (you'll also notice DeAngelo Hall on the defeat list, whatever it's worth to you). Washington's defense is the 2nd rated defense in regards to allowing third down conversions, and have 8 sacks, 3 interceptions and 6 forced fumbles over the course of 3 games.
It's up to Sam Bradford to step up and lead the team, but it isn't going to be easy. Besides, London Fletcher can still do this (and you can be sure he'll be looking to do it against Steven Jackson):