The Los Angeles Rams overcame a myriad of injuries throughout the game to defeat the Denver Broncos, 23-20. Many Rams players missed some time across key positions as LT Andrew Whitworth, LG Rodger Saffold, DL Michael Brockers, EDGE Matt Longacre and WR Cooper Kupp all missed some plays due to injury.
Overall, the Rams were still able to grind it out lead by RB Todd Gurley’s 200 yard rushing game. The Broncos did play it close, limiting the Rams to their lowest point total of the season.
Here were my five Broncos to watch for the game and how they performed:
EDGE Von Miller
Miller was his dominant self on Sunday with five total tackles including 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hits. He and EDGE Bradley Chubb had monster games off the edge while the Broncos totaled five sacks on the day.
At the end of the game, Von Miller showed Grandpa some love by saying he misses him. It seemed all of the star defensive players miss Wade.....
Let the speculation begin of which Broncos players are suiting up for the Rams......
QB Case Keenum
Keenum, former Rams “top-ten by some metrics” quarterback, had a good game overshadowed by some key mistakes. In close contest as the Broncos boast the number one offense in terms of yards per carry, the Broncos decided to throw 41 times compared to the 17 rushes on the day. Keenum finished the game with a 60.6 QBR on 25/41 passing with 322 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
Emmanuel Sanders doing everything he can to get the Broncos back into this one. He’s got 27.50 FPTS. pic.twitter.com/NIePfJgGS8— DraftKings (@DraftKings) October 14, 2018
RB Phillip Lindsay
Surprisingly, the Broncos rushing attack was quite limited. The team had 17 rushing attempts (including a kneeldown) as both rookies Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay struggled to get going on the ground. Lindsay however, did do some damage in the air as he totaled six catches for 48 yards.
LB Todd Davis
The inside linebacker had a tough day with Todd Gurley getting off for 200+ yards. Davis still managed to finish with six total tackles and pass defended. He and LB Brandon Marshall had a rough day in limited the Rams rushing attack but can use this game as a positive as the Broncos limited the Rams to their lowest point total of the season.
WR Emmanuel Sanders
Sanders tore up the Rams in the contest. Targeted 10 times, Sanders finished the game with seven receptions for 115 yards (leading the game), along with a touchdown. The only blemish in the game for Sanders was drawing a taunting call after what seemed to be a touchdown. After the review showed that Sanders was just short of the goal line, the ball was placed on the 16 and the Broncos ended up with three points instead of the touchdown.
Lol Emmanuel Sanders with the most obvious taunting penalty ever...— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) October 14, 2018
And he was ruled down at the 1, so Broncos had to go back to the 16 and settled for a field goal. pic.twitter.com/Ao27rhq7gO
Sanders caught his 500th career reception and looks to build off another strong game.