St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo stands on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of a preseason NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, in St Louis. The Vikings won 28-7. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jaymar Johnson, 11, is upended by St. Louis Rams linebacker Larry Grant, 59, during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, in St Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Sam Bradford took the field to a big ovation. Soon enough, reality sank in for the centerpiece of the St. Louis Rams' rebuilding effort.
The No. 1 overall pick had an early case of the jitters, short-arming a pitch and bobbling a snap the first two plays, looked poised while hitting four of his first five passes, then ended with an extended rough patch in the Minnesota Vikings' 28-7 preseason-opening victory Saturday night.
Sage Rosenfels, chasing Tarvaris Jackson for the Vikings' quarterback job while Brett Favre waffles on his future, threw for 157 yards and two touchdowns in the second quarter against the Rams' second-teamers and added a 71-yarder to Marko Mitchell in the third quarter, finishing 23 of 34 for 310 yards.
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