Denver finally returns home after three consecutive road losses, including a demoralizing result against a previously challenged Jets offense that racked up over 500 yards against their proud defense.
The Jets loss followed a valiant effort to shove the powerful Kansas City Chiefs from the ranks of the unbeaten in Week 4. But it seems the energy needed to challenge Pat Mahomes’s crew couldn’t be recovered in time for a winnable game in New York.
Now the Broncos face the other unbeaten powerhouse, the Los Angeles Rams. Jared Goff and the Rams offense has shown little mercy to opponents so far, averaging almost 35 points per game. The unit barely skipped a beat when wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp both left the Week 5 game in Seattle with concussions.
Seattle showed the Rams defense can be beaten, as they put up 31 points before fading in the 33-31 Rams victory. But Case Keenum is not Russell Wilson, especially this season. Keenum’s touchdown and interception numbers flipped from his breakout 2017 campaign as GM John Elway’s signing gamble has failed to show results comparable to his contract so far.
Injuries and roster moves
Kupp and Cooks are reportedly on track to complete the concussion protocol and are expected to play in Denver.
Kicker Greg Zuerlein (groin) is at least another week from returning.
For Denver, rookie wide receiver Courtland Sutton went through a limited practice with a sore ankle. He is expected to play.
Linebacker Brandon Marshall and safety Darian Stewart (foot) are listed as questionable. Stewart did not practice Wednesday, which puts his game-day status in question.
Denver head coach Vance Joseph got a second season to prove himself after a rookie year full of questionable decisions, both in-game and plan-related.
Fans aren’t finding his performance any more understandable so far in 2018. Both his and Elway’s jobs could be dependent on a major turnaround by Keenum.
On the other sideline, no one is questioning anything Sean McVay is doing with his Rams. Everything is clicking in his second season. His team is barreling toward a shot at a Super Bowl berth.
How to watch the Broncos-Rams game
Fox Sports will produce and broadcast this game in multiple, scattered markets across the country. NFL fans tired of satellite and cable bills will watch the live stream Broncos-Rams game on Sling TV.
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Internet TV providers like Sling, Fubo TV, and DirecTV Now let you watch live stream NFL action with low-cost monthly subscriptions and never require a contract. Check out their websites to see what they offer in your neck of the wood.
Who will win the Broncos-Rams game?
Los Angeles comes into Denver on a roll while the Broncos stagger home looking for their mojo. But the Seahawks showed teams can compete with the Rams.
Denver fans hope Vance Joseph sees something in the Seahawks game film he can implement Sunday. Who knows? Maybe the thin air of Mile High Stadium will give the Broncos enough of an edge to give the Rams another run for their money.
But don’t count on it. With the reigning Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year and a dozen more stars and interchangeable parts, it will take a meltdown on the scale of the Vikings’ loss to Buffalo for the Broncos to win this week.
Crazier things have happened, but…
Final score: Rams 31, Broncos 16