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Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos: Five Broncos to watch

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Grandpa Wade gets to see a bunch of players he helped coach into a dominant defense.

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The Los Angeles Rams travel to take on the Denver Broncos in the Mile High City. The Rams escaped a tough divisional matchup with the Seattle Seahawks while the Broncos got embarrassed by the New York Jets.

The Broncos enter with a 2-3 record with great talent on both sides of the ball. Here are some of the key players looking to prevent the Rams from going on to 6-0.

EDGE Von Miller

Perhaps the player Grandpa Wade misses most, Von Miller continues to show why he is a dominant force in his 8th season. Miller has 14 total tackles with four sacks and two forced fumbles. A havock off the edge, Tackles Rob Havenstein and Andrew Whitworth will have their hands full.

QB Case Keenum

The Broncos wanted to desperately improve their quarterback situation and went out to get Keenum. A former Ram who was “top 10 in some metrics” according to Rams GM Les Snead, Keenum has had a rough start to the season with more interceptions than touchdowns and a rough QBR of 33.2 (50 is league average). Keenum does have a respectable 63.5 completion percentage but also has three fumbles to go with his seven interceptions. After a rough showing against Seattle, the Rams secondary will try to get back on track and limit Keenum.

RB Phillip Lindsay

When the Broncos used a draft pick on RB Royce Freeman from Oregon, many expected him to lead the team in rushing. Instead, the emergence of undrafted local free agent Phillip Lindsay has created a two-back system. Lindsay actually leads the Broncos in rushing attempts (57) and yards (328) along with a strong 5.8 yards per carry average. Lindsay also is a bit more of a pass catching threat with eight receptions for the season. After the Rams let Seattle RBs run roughshod on them, the front seven wants to show that last week was a fluke.

ILB Todd Davis

A favorite of TST, ILB Todd Davis leads the Broncos in tackles with 34 total tackles. Davis also has half a sack while helping lock down the middle of the defense with Pro Bowl LB Brandon Marshall. Davis has been dealing with a shoulder injury but is expected to try and slow the potent Rams offense down.

WR Emmanuel Sanders

After a tough season in 2017 with subpar quarterbacks throwing to him, Sanders is off to a much better start in 2018 with 33 receptions for 386 yards. Sanders continues to be reliable for the Broncos and hopes to get back to 1,000 yards receiving after failing to do so last season. Sanders is chomping at the bit to take on Rams CBs Troy Hill and less than 100% Marcus Peters.