The Los Angeles Rams come into Mile High on Sunday night as not only the best team in the NFC but maybe the best team in the NFL through five weeks.
In sharp contrast, the Denver Broncos look like one of the worst teams in the league both on and off the field losing three on the bounce despite a 2-0
However, the problems the team faces go much deeper than just the quarterback position and wholesale changes may have to be made to right the ship.
So how can the Broncos possibly think of beating the 5-0 Rams on Sunday night? Run the freakin’ football. Then keep running, and run it some more.
Have you ever heard the saying “overcome coaching”? That’s just what the rookie tandem of Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman have done so far this year.
Despite an apparent adversity to run the ball on the play calling side, Lindsay and Freeman have been effective when given opportunity. Both backs are averaging over five yards a carry and have combined for 578 yards on the ground.
As a team, Denver is second only to Cleveland in total rushing yards and all of this in spite of ranking 17th in rushing attempts with 123. That’s a full 34 carries fewer than the league leader Cleveland.
It bears repeating that the best way to slow down a high powered offense is to keep them off the field. It’s a formula that was working against Kansas City — a game in which the Broncos rushed for 159 yards before abandoning the run, ultimately giving the ball back to the Chiefs one too many times with too much time remaining on the clock.
It’s a problem so obvious that surely the coaches can see the light and make adjustments for the remainder of the season, right? Reports out of Dove Valley this week say otherwise.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the weather. Going into Sunday night we’re looking at a possible blizzard hitting Denver. I don’t want to get into too many cliches: A warm-weather Californian team heading into the Colorado snow? They’re soft sunshine lads, they don’t want it.
However it’d be dishonest to state that the weather wouldn’t change the dynamic of the game, it has the potential to slow down a potent Rams passing attack and make the game one dimensional, although with Todd Gurley in the backfield that’s not necessarily a good thing.
The game will be much closer than the football cognoscenti give it credit but ultimately I still see the Broncos falling to 2-4. I hope
Rams 27-23 Broncos
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