The Denver Broncos season is not going the way that they planned so far. After starting 2-0, Denver has lost their last three games with the most recent coming from a thrashing by Sam Darnold and the New York Jets. This week, they host the NFC’s premier team, the 5-0 Los Angeles Rams. Denver must enter this week in complete desperation mode.
New week, new opportunity.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 11, 2018
Statistically, the Broncos didn’t have a bad game against the Jets, however, major issues became apparent. Cornerback Bradley Roby was repeatedly torched. To top that off, Denver’s run defense gave up 219 yards to running back Isaiah Crowell. Week 6 will not be much easier as Sean McVay, Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, and the Rams high-flying offense comes to town.
The Rams are arguably the best team in the league through five weeks. This team is fueled by Todd Gurley and Jared Goff backed by a talented core of receivers like Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. But that’s only the offensive side and Denver has to play disciplined football if they want to avoid getting embarrassed.
The Broncos will need to play plenty of one-on-one defense and place a safety around the box. If they play a zone defense we could see a similar repeat exploitation of their defense from Week 5. They will also need to create space for Von Miller and Bradley Chubb to get constant pressure on Goff.
Defensively, this Rams squad features one of the best defensive talents in Aaron Donald. Donald and the front seven have averaged two sacks per game but where they struggle is against the run.
Denver will need to keep a healthy serving of Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman going to open up the defense. Case Keenum then can take advantage of a secondary that only has four interceptions on the season. A balanced offense and pass protection for Keenum could help Denver pull of the upset.
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