The Rams hold a 13-3 lead at halftime in what’s been a strange stop-and-start affair.
The Rams offense has been all over the place clearing huge lanes for RB Todd Gurley but unable to cap things off in the passing game. Some late issues from the offensive line negated any extra points on a final drive, but the big story from this side was the injury to Kupp on a horsecollar tackle from S Darian Stewart. He’s officially QUESTIONABLE to return from the Rams, but it’s really more about the evaluation on that knee from the medical team. Hoping for good news.
Defensively, it’s perhaps been more about the Broncos’ feckless passing game. QB Case Keenum wasn’t able to get into any kind of rhythm. He completed a long pass to WR Emmanuel Sanders that was nearly a touchdown, but after being ruled down just short a taunting penalty brought the ball back to the 16-yard line leading to the Broncos’ field goal for their only points of the game. Their passing game to RB Phillip Lindsay and the subsequent ground production has been their only productivity of concern, but penalties to Denver have helped us in a major way. Keenum was replaced by second-year QB Chad Kelly late in the 1st; we’ll see if he leads things into the 2nd.
We’ll see if the Rams’ offense can look more like themselves this half with Gurley and the O-line dominating things on the ground. If not, this one might be closer than most anticipated.