ST. LOUIS — Every week, Sam Bradford looks less and less like a rookie. And no, it's not the scraggly beard he's been growing the last month in a show of team solidarity.
More games like last week and the St. Louis Rams' No. 1 pick could go down as one of the top rookie quarterbacks in NFL history. He's on pace to eclipse Peyton Manning in completions and attempts, and could end up second in passing yards and touchdowns.
Bradford played a major role in a road slump-busting victory at Denver last week, throwing three touchdown passes, topping 300 yards for the first time and leading an offense to a season-best 431 yards.
The Rams scored on five consecutive first-half possessions and their 36-point total was the franchise's best since 2007, helping them move into a tie for first place in the NFC West for the second time this season.