The Los Angeles Rams (5-0) will head to Broncos Stadium At Mile High to battle the Denver Broncos (2-3) in Week 6 (October 14, 2018 at 4:05pm EST). The Rams opened as 6.5-point favorites.
Los Angeles’s offense has been able to move the ball at will this season. They average 337.2 yards per game through the air (2nd), and 131.2 per game on the ground (7th). The Rams ability to attack in multiple ways has led to a lot of points, as they are scoring 34.6 points per game (3rd).
Jared Goff has been remarkable under center for Los Angeles this season. He’s completing 72.3% of his passes while totaling 1,727 yards and 12 touchdowns, with just 4 INTs – a 119.7 passer rating.
Goff is coming off a great game against the Seahawks, torching them for 321 passing yards and 1 TD. Meanwhile, it’s been Todd Gurley leading the way in the backfield, racking up 415 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.
For as good as Los Angeles’s offense has been, their defense is right there, too. The Rams only allow 19.6 PPG, the sixth-fewest in the NFL.
This is a unit that has been so good due to their ability to ground aerial attacks. Los Angeles only cedes 234.6 yards per game through the air (11th). To come away with the win on Sunday, they’ll have to be a lot better than last week, when they had the Seahawks post 31 points on them.
Fortunately, Los Angeles’s defense avoids any sort of offensive powerhouse this week, when they line up across from the Broncos. Denver is scoring just 20 points per game (27th).
Scoring points in today’s NFL is awfully difficult when you can’t throw the ball. This is what Denver is quickly learning, as their deplorable aerial attack has led to defenses loading the box to slow Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, daring Case Keenum to beat them with his arm.
Keenum has not shown the ability to consistently harm a defense this season, and until he does so, the Broncos can expect to continue seeing extra defenders at the line of scrimmage. The pivot has only posted 1,365 yards through the air with a 5:7 touchdown to interception ratio.
Facing a Rams defense this week that ranks 11th vs the pass, Denver may opt to try and rely on Lindsay, Freeman, and their third-ranked rushing attack. It could be another rocky one for Keenum.
The Broncos defense has not been able to keep teams out of the end zone this year. They’re surrendering an unsettling 26.2 PPG (23rd). And after last week, they can no longer call their run defense a strength.
Entering Week 6, Denver was allowing just 93.8 rushing yards per game. But then they were absolutely humiliated by the New York Jets, surrendering a despicable 323 yards on the ground.
What used to be the “No-Fly Zone” was also picked on last week, allowing three passing TDs, one of which went for 76 yards. It’s not all their secondary’s fault, though. It would be great if opposing QBs didn’t have all day to throw, as the Broncos only average 2.2 sacks per game (22nd in the NFL).
Barring Von Miller and Bradley Chubb waking up, it could get ugly quick for Denver’s defense on Sunday.