Report Card: A for Bradford, A- for receivers

Monday, November 29, 2010

Here are the grades for the St. Louis Rams after Sunday's 36-33 victory over the Denver Broncos:

QUARTERBACK: Rookie Sam Bradford had a breakout game, passing for a season-high 308 yards and three touchdowns, without an interception. His passer rating was 113.3, also a personal best. GRADE: A

RUNNING BACKS: Steven Jackson didn't get any easy yards, as he picked up 72 on 29 carries, an average of 2.5 per try. Backup Kenneth Darby scored a TD on a 1-yard run. WR Danny Amendola added 48 yards on three end-around plays. GRADE: C

RECEIVERS: Danario Alexander sparked the passing attack with 95 yards on four catches. Laurent Robinson and Danny Amendola had four catches each, and Brandon Gibson added three. No drops by this group. GRADE: A-

OFFENSIVE LINE: Bradford was generally well protected. But the run blocking was subpar. The interior of the line wasn't able to produce push, which made for a tough day for Jackson to find room to operate. GRADE: C-

DEFENSIVE LINE: DE Chris Long made two big plays on Denver's last drive, sacking QB Kyle Orton on first down, then batting down Orton's fourth-down pass. DE C.J. Ah You and DT Fred Robbins also had sacks. The Broncos averaged 6.6 yards per rush attempt. GRADE: C+

LINEBACKERS: Na'il Diggs had a fumble recovery and a tackle for loss. James Laurinaitis also had a tackle for loss but was less involved than on most Sundays. Larry Grant and Chris Chamberlain didn't do much. GRADE: C

SECONDARY: Safeties Oshiomogho Atogwe and Craig Dahl were active. Atogwe also forced a fumble that led to a Rams TD. Coverage often was soft, and Denver WRs stung the Rams for 257 yards on 15 catches, even though much of the damage came in the game's hectic final minutes. GRADE: D

SPECIAL TEAMS: K Josh Brown left four points on the field, clanking a PAT try off the upright and missing a 45-yard FG. P Donnie Jones' day was below average for him. Danny Amendola averaged a solid 29 yards on three kickoff returns. The Rams' coverage was pretty good. GRADE: C+

COACHING: The Rams nearly coughed up another lead on the road, as they again pulled back on offense after taking control. Still, the 36 points marked a high in coach Steve Spagnuolo's two seasons. No issues with clock management or general decision-making. GRADE: C+