Not that it was unexpected, but the Rams, playing most of their starters on offense, marched down the field with relative ease against the Ravens' second-teamers on tonight's opening drive.
Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, the first overall pick in April's draft, was for 6-for-6 for 68 yards on the 12-play scoring drive. The Rams offensive line gave him plenty of space to operate, and he showed excellent touch on a couple of throws -- that 36-yard pass down the left sideline to Danny Amendola, in particular. Cary Williams, who should make the team, got beat on the coverage, but it was a very accurate throw.
Bradford also showed off solid ball skills -- don't giggle -- on play-action passes, freezing the Ravens then hitting open receivers. That's what happened on Bradford's two-yard touchdown pass to tight end Billy Bajema. Inside linebacker Jason Phillips, one of a few notable bubble boys, bit on the fake and couldn't track down Bajema in time.
What does this mean for the Ravens overall? Absolutely nothing. But for the Rams, it had to be encouraging to see their young franchise QB work so efficiently, even if it was against the Ravens' defensive backups.
Instant update: Bradford's night is over. Keith Null is now in at quarterback for the Rams.
Keith Null just led the Rams down the field for a touchdown, too, so I take back all those nice things I just said about Sam Bradford.