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Pro football: Sam Bradford feels the pain, sacked six times by Cowboys

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.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: September 22, 2013
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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.”

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