The Los Angeles Rams (5-0) will set out for their second of three consecutive road trips this weekend, as they’ll to Denver to take on the Broncos who, after starting off their season 2-0, have now dropped three straight.
The Rams will look to heal quickly throughout the week after getting dinged up on offense in their 33-31 win over the Seahawks. The Broncos will look to bounce back this week after being drubbed by the New York Jets 34-16 last Sunday.
Can the Rams make it six straight in what looks to be a very cold, potentially snowy, day at Mile High Stadium on Sunday? The Turf Show Times’ staff make their predictions:
go rams (@AndrewKulick)
Rams score 30 something and win but I can’t give score for Broncos as I’m still pissed off about last week, so much so I’ve completely lost ability to figure out Rams defense. Who knows what kind of defense the Rams have against the Broncos rushing attack which is very good. Your TST guess is as good as mine. As long as Rams don’t give up more than 30, they win.
Prediction: Rams win, 30+ - ?
I think the defense feels like they have a lot to prove after the last few weeks, most notably players like John Johnson III, Marcus Peters and Ndamukong Suh. The national media is saying that the Rams’ defense is holding them back from greatness. Well, now is their chance to prove otherwise. These are two teams very familiar with one another, with Case Keenum having mentored Goff in 2016, and with Wade Phillips coaching the defense until 2016. I think ultimately, in the cold weather, the Rams will figure out a way to keep the Broncos out of the end zone.
Prediction: Rams win, 24-9
Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)
The Rams are hurting on offense with Brandin Cooks & Cooper Kupp In the concussion protocol. I don’t expect their limited availability or complete unavailability to hinder the team from scoring.
Defensively, Wade Phillips & Co. need to figure out some solutions. The run defense is wearing its ugly ineffective head. There’s also the lack of a outside pass rush.
However, all my worries are for nothing. The Broncos have Case Keenum at quarterback & he’s reverted to back to full Case. Same shit throws, shit accuracy.
Prediction: Rams win, 35-17
Michael Frank (@turfshowtimesmike)
I smell a revenge game what Case did last year to the Rams. He is not clicking like he was on offense with Minnesota and doesn’t have a star defense to watch his back. Sound like a vendetta? Yes, yes it does. Denver is still a solid team that has not fully come together. The Rams can catch them before they do. With the weather playing a factor, with possible snow and reaching below 30 degrees, I can see another heavy dose of Todd Gurley. I feel Rams defense comes to play earlier than the 4th quarter like they have in the last two games.
Prediction: Rams win, 38-23
Tevin Broner (@T_Bron)
I don’t think this game will be close. The Broncos offense is not good and the Rams offense just clicks.
Prediction: Rams win, 27-7
Charlie Hiller (@CharlieHiller)
I’ll probably say the same thing for the game in Mexico, but Zuerlein will hit one from 65 if he plays this weekend.
Prediction: Rams win, 34-20
Eric Nagel (@Eric_nagel)
Did anyone listen to Jeff Fisher’s announcing of an NFL game? I can only assume it was average. I hear Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks are feeling better. That’s great. I really enjoyed Sean McVay’s going for it on 4th and 1. I’m trying to make this blurb longer because I have not watched the Broncos all year, I do not want to watch the Broncos at all, and the Rams are the best team in the league.
Prediction: Rams win, 33-23
Skye Sverdlin (@skyeattolah)
When the TST staff was asked to predict which week the Rams would finally drop a game, I picked Week 6 at Denver. While I could end up looking quite stupid for it, I suppose I’ll stick with that. Besides, I think God prefers negative-I mean humble-fan bases; just look at the Eagles’ struggles after all that offseason squawking.
Something worries me about facing a mid-level team playing in front of their orange fans, all jacked up, possibly in the snow. I can see the Broncos generating reasonable pressure and Keenum squirting outside to extend a few plays. We’ll see.
If the Rams handle business in Denver, a road trip sweep seems likely in order as they head to Santa Clara next week to face the Niners.
Prediction: Broncos win, 26-24
Elijah Kim (@Big_EZK)
The Rams travel to Mile High to take on the Broncos. Unfortunately, the injury bug continues to hurt the Rams as key players such as Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp look to come back. CB Marcus Peters is also not 100%, making this game a potential trap game. The Broncos will have the altitude and true home field advantage while the Rams hope to not overlook their opponent.
This has the feelings of a legitimate trap game and the injuries may make it hard for the Rams to overcome. Like LT Andrew Whitworth had hoped, the Rams finally get some legitimate adversity to rally around. Rams fall in a tough upset.
Prediction: Broncos win, 28-27
Tim Godfrey (@MrTimGodfrey)
Seeing the Rams defeat Seattle is always a delicious treat, but the victories are much sweeter now that the Seahawks are dying. Pete Carroll, the human equivalent of vape pen, on the slow decline into reality is so good it has to be fattening. Speaking of teams who used to be good but now suck—the Rams are going to beat the Broncos on the road and I know this because I have something called common sense.
I don’t need stats or analytics or some “film geek” on Twitter to make my predictions for me. The Broncs are on a losing streak and recently made the NY Jets look better than a turd covered in burnt hair. “BUT THIN MOUNTAIN AIR” is the dumbest variable known to sports. Shut up. No one cares about that one thing you learned on Sports Science in 2007. Thin air is only bad if you’re a baseball or fat.
Prediction: Rams win, 42-21
The Rams have a 5-0 record and Sean “Big Cajones” McVay. Some think cold weather and a chance of snow will freeze the Rams offense, I say, you can’t freeze fire my friend.
Prediction: Rams win, 36-15
f the Rams had waltzed into Seattle and punked the Seahawks, this would qualify as a classic trap game. Instead, our defense looked shaky for the second week in a row and despite our shiny 5-0 record, I see this as more of a “get-right” game. The Donkeys are ranked 26th in total defense after allowing 323 yards rushing in a total mattress blowout against the Jets last week. At altitude, with sub-freezing temperatures and snow in the forecast, this one will be another dogfight, and hopefully Todd Gurley’s barking the loudest when all is said and done. Look for Marcus Peters to bounce back against a familiar AFC West opponent, and for the Rams to do enough to win in another hostile road contest.
Prediction: Rams win, 34-24
Brennan Smith (@BrennanJSmith)
Looks like it could be an unseasonably snowy day in Denver on Sunday, so this game will test Todd Gurley and the Rams’ ability to move the pile in the run game. On the flip side, the Rams will have to do a better job slowing down the run against Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman than they did against Seattle. Marcus Peters will also need to take less of a gambler’s approach in defending the passing game or he could get roasted again by Emmanuel Sanders. Overall, the Rams offense should be able to overpower the Broncos if at least one or both of Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp can play. I also think the defensive front outside of Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald could finally have a chance at some sacks against a Denver team in the middle of the league in sacks allowed. Los Angeles takes this one.
Prediction: Rams win, 28-21
Sosa Kremenjas (@QBsMVP)
The Rams defense will come out and have a better performance after two weeks of subpar play. Look for the Rams to stuff the run first and foremost, and pressure Case Keenum into a mistake or two like he’s prone to do. The Rams’ weapons will prove to be a step ahead of the Broncos defenders all game. After two close games, the Rams establish another big win and step towards domination.
Prediction: Rams win, 35-16
Cold weather is expected in Denver on Sunday and the Broncos are giving up the 3rd most rushing yards per game in the NFL. Todd Gurley should start writing his acceptance speech for NFL Offensive Player of the Week now.
Prediction: Rams win, 35-17
The Broncos are giving up the most yards per game In their franchise history, which makes me believe that the rams are going to roll them and put up 50 points and over 500 yards of offense. Will our defense improve? Probably won’t even matter.
Prediction: Rams win, 52-17
Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)
The Rams D has struggled the past few weeks, but Case Keenum might be able to help them right the ship.
The offense may be without Wes Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp, which could make this a closer game than some expect.
Prediction: Rams win, 24-19
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Prediction: Broncos win, 33-27
Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)
I’d imagine Vance Joseph will look to run the ball early and often this week in an effort to keep the Rams’ offense off the field and mitigate any potential damaged caused by allowing Case Keenum to throw the football. And I think the Broncos’ running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman - both of whom average over 5.0 yards per carry through five weeks of play - will mostly likely have success doing it.
That said, the Broncos have shown a propensity to give up the big play (run plays of 15+ yards, pass plays of 20+ yards), something they’ve done 31 times this season, which is good for third worst in the NFL. And it’s for that reason that I think that Jared Goff and the Rams’ offense ultimately pulls out the win here.
Prediction: Rams win, 31-27
16 of the 19 staffers are predicting a 6th straight win for the Rams. 3k, Eli, and Skye all see the Broncos standing pat at home and handing the Rams their first loss of the season.