Bradford Leads Rams Past Jaguars
Quarterback Sam Bradford tied a career-high with three touchdown passes as St. Louis kept Jacksonville winless with a 34-20 win. It’s the second time this season, and fifth time in his career, that the Heisman Trophy winner has reached the mark.
Bradford completed 19 of 34 passes and threw for 222 yards as the Rams moved to 2-3 on the year.
Trailing 10-7 after the first quarter, Bradford engineered a game-tying drive to start the second quarter, highlighted by a 28-yard pass to Brian Quick.
After the defense forced a turnover, Bradford got the ball on a short field and hooked with tight end Lance Kendricks on a 16-yard touchdown pass to put the Rams on top, 17-10.
St. Louis extended its lead later in the quarter when Bradford hit Austin Pettis for a four-yard touchdown. The scoring play was set up earlier on the drive when Bradford connected with Tavon Austin for 25 yards on a 3rd-and-7 play.
Jacksonville came back in the fourth quarter and cut the Rams’ lead to 27-20, but Bradford capped his day when he found Pettis for a 31-yard scoring strike, putting the game out of reach.
Hartley’s Career Day Helps Saints to 5-0 Start
Kicker Garrett Hartley matched a career high with four made field goals as the New Orleans Saints defeated Chicago, 28-16, to record the fourth 5-0 start in franchise history.
Hartley, who also made four field goals at Washington on Dec. 6, 2009, was a perfect 4-4 on the day and added two extra points to finish with 14 points.
Hartley made his third field goal of the day to cap the opening drive of the third quarter, converting on a 36-yard try. He then closed out his day by matching his season long with a 48-yard kick to put the Saints on top 26-10.
With 12 makes on 14 attempts, Hartley is tied for second in the NFL in field goals made this season.
In the same game, linebacker Curtis Lofton had a season-high nine tackles, while Kenny Stills was targeted twice in the passing game.
Running back DeMarco Murray ran 12 times for 43 yards, including a four-yard touchdown run, and caught one pass for five yards, while tight end James Hanna finished with one reception for three yards in Dallas’ 51-48 shootout loss to Denver … Wide receiver Ryan Broyles caught two passes for 27 yards in Detroit’s 22-9 loss at Green Bay … tight end Jermaine Greshman made four catches for 24 yards as Cincinnati surprised New England with a 13-6 victory … rookie safety Tony Jefferson had four tackles in Arizona’s 22-6 win over Carolina … rookie Lane Johnson started at right tackle, and helped lead the way on this 17-yard run by LeSean McCoy, as Philadelphia beat the New York Giants, 36-21 … Donald Stephenson made his first start of the season at right tackle as Kansas City improved to 5-0 with a 26-17 win over Tennessee
This and That
The following players saw playing time but did not record any stats: defensive back Jamell Fleming (Jacksonville), defensive back Dominique Franks (Atlanta), linebacker Travis Lewis (Detroit) … defensive linemen Frank Alexander (Carolina) and Stacy McGee (Oakland) were made inactive … Minnesota (Phil Loadholt and Adrian Peterson), Pittsburgh (Landry Jones), Tampa Bay (Davin Joseph and Gerald McCoy ) and Washington (Chris Chester and Trent Williams) were all on byes