Sam Bradford wary of Redskins’ defense

After studying the defensive effort by the Washington Redskins against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is bracing for a stiff challenge when his team welcomes the Redskins to the Edward Jones Dome this week.

Sam Bradford and the Rams have lost eight consecutive games including Sunday’s defeat by the Detroit Lions.

The Redskins’ defense gave up 25 points – nine fewer than the Saints’ scored, on average, a year ago to lead the NFL – and did allow three passing touchdowns by Drew Brees. But the Redskins also forced him into two interceptions, limited him to a 46 percent completion rate and sacked him twice.

 Bradford is looking to rebound from a disappointing campaign last season and a season-opening 27-23 loss to the Detroit Lions. In that game, he completed 17 of 25 passes for 198 yards and was sacked four times. He is wary of what the Redskins will throw at him on Sunday.

 “I think it’s an overall effort from their defense,” Bradford said when asked what made the Redskins effective Sunday. “Their pass rush last week was really good. The guys they have up front are big, physical, athletic guys, who are good pass rushers by themselves.”

 The front seven was expected to be the strength of the Washington defense, but questions have loomed over the secondary.  Bradford was equally impressed with the Redskins’ defensive backs however.

“If you look at what they did in the back end last week, some of the man coverage they played really locked up the New Orleans receivers and forced [Brees] to hold onto the ball for a little longer than he would have liked to. … I think those pass-rushers are great by themselves, but when that back end is playing as well as they are, that makes them even better.”

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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