ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sam Bradford has gotten off to the best start of his career by spreading the wealth.
The St. Louis Rams ran only 41 plays last week while riding a wave of turnovers to an easy win at Houston. It helped that Bradford found a way to get almost everyone involved, with nine players combining for 12 receptions and three running backs getting touches.
Through six games, Bradford is sixth in the NFC in completions (126) and tied for fourth in the NFL with 13 touchdown passes.
After a humbling 35-11 loss to San Francisco, the Rams were 1-3. In the last two weeks, Bradford threw three touchdown passes in each game, both wins, and the Rams outscored their opponents 72-33.
Coach Jeff Fisher is happy with Bradford's play.
"Been great. No mistakes," Fisher said. "There's only two quarterbacks, I think, in the NFC that have more touchdown passes than he and one is (Cowboys QB Tony) Romo and the other's (Saints QB Drew) Brees. He's got 13 and they've got 14, so he's coming on. He enjoys what he's doing. He's managing the thing and practicing well. His feet are excellent right now in the pocket, so he's playing well."
Against Houston, the Rams scored 38 points while running just 42 offensive plays. Bradford threw just 16 passes with no interceptions against the Texans. He finished with a 134.6 passer rating, the highest of his career.
There's more to it than Bradford: The Rams have been using multiple tight end sets and the running game has benefited. Rookie running back Zac Stacy started for the second consecutive game. Against Jacksonville, Stacy gained 78 yards on 14 carriers. He followed that with 79 yards on 18 carries against Houston.
The balanced attack is a welcome one for the Rams, who missed the departed Steven Jackson early this season.
"You've seen the past two weeks just having some balance between the run game and the pass game, I think it's led us to be more efficient," Bradford said. "We've kept defenses off balance with what we're doing. I think it's been really good for all aspects of our game."