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Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos: Five Broncos to watch 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 MillerPerhaps the player Grandpa Wade misses most http://www.theramslockerroom.com/authentic-todd-gurley-jersey , 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 KeenumThe 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 LindsayWhen 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 DavisA 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 SandersAfter 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. A lot of the talk this week for the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys matchup will fare around superstar RB Ezekiel Elliott, and deservedly so. Zeke is a fantastic player Womens Nickell Robey-Coleman Jersey , a superstar workhorse running back, and one of the top-3 RB’s in the entire league.Zeke finished his 2018 campaign with 15 games played, 304 carries, 1,434 yards, 4.7 average, six touchdowns, 77 receptions, 567 receiving yards, and three receiving touchdowns.Why am I showing you his stats?Well, I want to show you just how good of a player he is Joseph Noteboom Jersey , and how much it doesn’t matter when it comes to the Rams-Cowboys matchup on Saturday. You might think I’m crazy, but hear me out.First, the Rams are not a good run defense. They know it, and everyone else does too. They’re ranked 23rd in rushing yards per game allowed at 122.3 yards, and dead last at 32nd in rushing yards per attempt allowed at 5.1 yards-per-carry.Second, out of the 16 regular season games this year, the Rams have allowed 100+ yards rushing 11/16 times. They’ve allowed 140+ yards rushing 5/16 times. They’ve allowed 190+ yards rushing 3/16 times. Of the games the Rams have allowed 100+ rushing yards, they’ve won 8/11 times. In their two contests versus the Seattle Seahawks, the Rams allowed 273 and 190 yards rushing. They escaped both of those games with a win, sweeping their rival.My point being is the Rams aren’t good at stuffing the run, and everyone who’s played them this season is well aware. The Cowboys identity on offense is to establish the run http://www.theramslockerroom.com/authentic-jamon-brown-jersey , stay ahead of the chains, and then use the short-intermediate passing game which includes a ton of slants and timing routes.I’m not saying the Rams don’t need to stop the run at all, what I am saying is that Zeke Elliott is a great running back, the Cowboys are a good running team, and the Rams are bad at stopping the run. The focus shouldn’t necessarily be to completely stifle the run to the tune of 50 yards, because they’ve rarely accomplished a feat like that all year. It should be to contain Zeke to minor-average gains, not allowing him to break contain on the edge and rumble for massive gains. It’s a near guarantee that the Cowboys will have an effective rushing attack on Saturday, which the Rams are likely aware of. The reason it might not matter is because even when teams have successful rushing attacks against the Rams, they rarely win. The Rams won 8-of-11 times when allowing 100+ rushing yards. The key to win will be to produce consistent offense, limit big plays defensively, get the Cowboys behind the chains in 2nd and 3rd-and-longs Womens Greg Zuerlein Jersey , and most importantly, be successful on both sides of the ball in the redzone. Completely stifling a good rushing attack is simply asking too much, but limiting big gains (both rushing and passing) is still essential to success on defense.Lastly, the Chicago Bears were ranked 1st in rushing yards per game allowed and 3rd in rushing yards per attempt allowed, and the Baltimore Ravens were ranked 3rd in both of those categories as well. Both teams were just sent packing after losing in their Wild Card games.Get ready for a long week Rams fans, because this is going to be fun. But remember, games in this league are won by passing the ball and stopping teams from doing so.(Stats taken from pro football reference and teamrankings).
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