ARLINGTON, Texas — After watching All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware and the Dallas defense manhandle the Rams offense, it's hard to believe Sam Bradford was the only NFL quarterback not to be sacked the first two weeks of the season.
Dallas compiled six sacks in a 31-7 beat down of Bradford and the Rams on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.
And that doesn't include eight additional times Bradford was hit.
“That's something we're going to have to look at on tape,” Bradford said. “Give credit to their pass rush. I thought they did a good job today. They were running a lot of (stunt) games with their down linemen. A couple of blitzes got us, too. Those guys played well.”
The Rams didn't play well. It looked like the Rams from early in Bradford's career, the first two seasons after he was the No. 1 overall pick in 2010.
This was supposed to be the year the Rams finally turned the corner. But Sunday's game was a sign they could still have a long way to go.
Dallas led 24-0 midway through the first quarter. At that point in the game the Rams had 34 yards of offense and one first down.
“You think things like that shouldn't happen, it wouldn't happen,” Bradford said.
In all three games the Rams have trailed. Last week, they trailed the Falcons 21-0. St. Louis trailed 24-13 in its season opener but outscored Arizona 14-0 in the fourth quarter to rally for a win.
“We've struggled out of the block,” Bradford said. “It's never fun and it's not easy to play from behind in this league. We can make things a lot easier on ourselves if we would start fast and play with a lead. We have to look at why we're struggling (early). It's something that definitely needs to be addressed.”
The Cowboys drove 61 yards for a touchdown on their first possession, 58 yards for a field goal on their second possession and 67 yards for a touchdown on their third possession to lead 17-0.
“A little bit of that falls on us (offensively),” Bradford said. “Our first possession we go three-and-out. Then we get the ball at (the Dallas) 35 (following a fumbled punt) and don't come away with any points. That's unacceptable. We have to help our defense.”
The clunker was a surprise to Bradford.
“We had a great week of practice,” Bradford said. “Everyone was confident coming in here. It was just a lack of execution, then not being able to overcome the early challenge, make adjustments.”
The Rams have little time to adjust. Thursday night, they host defending NFC champion San Francisco, off to a surprising 1-2 start.
“Maybe this is a good reality check for us,” Bradford said. “The one good thing about getting on the field in four days is we don't have to think about this one for too long.”