ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was unaware of his dubious streak.
Bradford has been sacked in 30 straight games, the longest current streak in the NFL.
"Actually, I didn't know that," Bradford said. "That's great."
Sarcasm aside, Bradford has played only one game in his three seasons in the NFL where he wasn't sacked at least once. That was a 34-17 loss to Atlanta in Week 11 of his rookie season in 2010.
Bradford said there's a number of components beyond just pass blocking that go into playing a sack-free game.
"If you don't sacked get in a game, that obviously meant that the protection was good, the ball got out, guys on the outside won," Bradford said. "It's a team effort to eliminate sacks. That's something we work towards each week.
"If we could play these next two games without sacks, it would really be awesome."
All told, Bradford has been sacked 105 times in 40 NFL games. He's been sacked 35 times this season, which ties him with Chicago's Jay Cutler for the fifth most among NFL quarterbacks.
"That's always been the goal," Rams left tackle Rodger Saffold said of keeping Bradford's jersey clean. "It's not just the line, but everybody collectively protecting the ball. It's such a tough job. You want to have a clean slate one game, but it's so tough."
Bradford's third season in the NFL has included its ups and downs.
The sacks and his 11 interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, are the low points, while his career-high 3,512 passing yards and his career-high tying 18 touchdown passes are the high.
"My understanding of the game," Bradford said of his biggest improvement since his rookie season. "I don't think people see on the outside what I'm asked to do in the offense. My first year, it was kind of, 'Here's the play, run it. Do whatever.' Now there is a lot more responsibility on my plate, and I feel much more comfortable with that responsibility."
Bradford has played especially effectively in the no-huddle offense. He showed that once again during the Rams' attempt at a fourth-quarter comeback in their 36-22 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
"It's something that I am obviously comfortable with," Bradford said when asked if he'd like to see offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer call for the no-huddle more often. "It's what we ran my final two years in Oklahoma, but that's not up for me to decide.
"Schotty is going to come up with a great plan each week. If he feels like it is something that is going to give our offense an advantage, then it's something we'll do. And, if not, we'll go huddle and go out that way."
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he's notice how well Bradford has performed in the no-huddle.
"Then you'll ask us why we are not running the football," Fisher said of going up-tempo more often in the game. "Yeah, I have thought about that."
Saffold said going no-huddle for an entire game wouldn't be something he'd like to see because of the fatigue factor.
"It catches the defense off-guard," Saffold said. "They can't make certain reads, they get into formations, and that's why are able to capitalize.
"Our no-huddle has been doing well, but I wouldn't necessarily want to be the no-huddle offense the entire game. That's all I've got to say."
Though realistically out of the playoff hunt, Bradford said the Rams will be working to improve on offense over the last two games.
He pointed to the continued development of rookie wide receivers Brian Quick and Chris Givens as one objective.
Givens, a fourth-round, has 37 catches for 606 yards and three touchdowns. Quick, a second-round pick, has 11 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns, but he had a potential 4-yard touchdown catch falling out the side of the end zone against the Vikings.
"I think Quick has come a long ways," Bradford said. "He's playing with so much more confidence now. You saw what he was able to do when he was in there last week. That touchdown catch, that was big-time play. It wasn't an easy catch.
"I think there is going to be a lot of good things in store for him. Hopefully, these next two weeks we can get him out there a little more and get him involved. I've seen him make a lot of improvement, and I expect it to continue through the offseason and next year he'll be a big part of this offense."
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