Arizona Cardinals: Sam Bradford has a lot to prove
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford does not have a good career record against 2018 opponents
Throw away the injuries and forget that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford is a very accurate passer. Reality is he hasn’t beaten the team’s 2018 opponents very much.
His career record against teams the Cardinals will face this season is 11-25-1. Granted, he was on some poor performing teams and it wasn’t all him but it is something.
The San Francisco 49ers (2-2-1), Chicago Bears (2-2), and Denver Broncos (1-0) are the only teams he does not have a losing record against. Some teams like the Detroit Lions (0-4), Green Bay Packers (1-3), and Atlanta Falcons (0-3) have had his number.
The Cardinals as a team have had their ups and downs against all of these teams but have won more than lost over recent history against the 49ers and Lions. If Bradford can stay upright and utilizes his offensive weapons correctly, he has a very good chance of getting his first win against the Lions and Falcons this season.
If Bradford can stay healthy. The other question is performance. If he starts having poor performances having nothing to do with health, then we may see him get pulled.
This isn’t anything we haven’t speculated on before. However taking a look at his career record against other teams isn’t a pretty picture. He has a winning career record against just nine NFL teams, the Cardinals being one of them.
There will be an argument made though he may have the best receiver and best running back in his career coming to Arizona. Sometimes a quarterback is only as good as the talent you surround him with.
Bradford had that talent around him in Minnesota. Unfortunately he had his health issues. If Bradford, who had an outstanding season opening game in 2017, had not gotten injured last season, we probably aren’t even talking about him in a Cardinals uniform right now.
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That said, he will have to prove his doubters wrong. Not only from this standpoint, but also with being able to get out there and play at all, staying healthy.