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Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals film preview: Sam Bradford is back!

The Rams’ former first-round pick is back and with him is a very boring and predictable Cardinal offense.

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Sam Bradford is the best at what he does, which is making bank while making no positive impact on a team whatsoever.

Oh hell yeah, brother.

He hasn’t been in a Rams uniform in four years and nothing’s changed since then. If anything he’s gotten worse, especially when running the Arizona Cardinals offense which is the best example of a bad offense.

Against the Washington Redskins, the Cardinals had nine offensive drives. Only four drives had more than five plays. Only two drives produced more than 40 yards of offense. It felt like Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike McMcoy accidentally brought his preseason play sheet to the game last Sunday.

Sam Bradford’s excellence

Little has changed about our once charming boy. He doesn’t respond well to pressure, he can’t really act on his feet and it seems like he doesn’t see the whole field and the options available to him in the moment—which is music to Ndamukong Suh’s ears. He cannot wait to see his old draft mate.

An obvious third-down passing play (Cardinals were 1-of-8 on third-down) and Bradford stares down his receiver. The defensive back picks up on it almost immediately.

WR Larry Fitzgerald is an obvious favorite for Bradford—he led the team with seven receptions for 76 yards. But more so than Fitzgerald, Bradford’s favorite target was the receiver closest to him.

The Cardinals had a third-and-five situation. Bradford has two receivers running across the middle from left to right. Fitzgerald has tight man-coverage, but he’s ahead of his defender. A ball thrown slightly ahead of Fitzgerald could lead to a tight completion and a first down.

Instead, Bradford hits WR Christian Kirk, who is in front of his defender but a yard short of the first down. The drive ends and the Cardinals punt.

McCoy playcalling

Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips could leave his defense in nickel and just sit in zone-coverage all day. It wouldn’t matter the down-and-distance. The Cardinals offense is that boring and predictable.

Bradford didn’t go long very often. His only big completion of the game came on the first play of the second half (to Fitzgerald). After that, it was back to the same routine for the offense.

This bunch formation has been a frequent card played by McCoy both in the preseason and in Week One of the regular season.

Washington’s pass-defense only allowed 153 passing yards. The Cardinals put together one scoring drive—a 14-play drive for a touchdown in garbage time.

It won’t be a chess match against Phillips and McMcoy on Sunday. It will be a game of checkers where McMcoy announces his moves as he’s making them.

“Okay, I am moving my piece here which could leave me open to be jumped, but I am betting Wade will not see it.”

*Wade jumps the piece without looking up from his Twitter*

“Damn it. How does he know?”