To add insult to injury, the Rams will not only have to travel on the road, but to a mile above sea level to play the high-flying Denver Broncos. Being that the Rams couldn’t catch their breath against the Falcons at sea level last week, the Broncos in Denver will be a huge challenge.
This week, the Sam Bradford corridor is back with everywhere from St. Louis to Oklahoma City getting the game. Additionally, the big Denver market gets the game naturally and then practically all the way South to Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. Check out the map for any changes.
What to Watch For
- Rams Defensive Line – The Rams defensive line was sucking wind and unable to get any pressure or substitute any pass rushers as Matt Ryan slowed the blitz and the pass rush with one fell swoop known as the no huddle offense. Will the Rams have an answer for this if the Broncos go to the no huddle at altitude? Without pressure on the quarterback, the Rams defense will struggle. The good news is that Denver’s offensive line is not nearly as good as Atlanta’s.
- Rams Offensive Line – The Rams other line, the offensive one, got manhandled by the Atlanta and San Francisco front sevens over the past two weeks. They will need to improve their play, especially on 3rd and shorts, which will allow the offense to get moving in the right direction. Good news is, Denver’s defensive line is not a big threat to rush the passer and are struggling against the run. Give John Greco a chance to use his size to push the smaller and quicker Denver defense out of the way.
- Denver Defense – The Denver defense is the second oldest in the league and not nearly as good as the oldest defense (Pittsburgh). They are susceptible against the run and the pass, although star corner Champ Bailey can still make plays on the ball even though he may have lost a step. Brian Dawkins has lost several steps and the Rams will scheme to get a TE or RB lined up on him 1 on 1.
- Danario Alexander – Alexander proclaimed himself “ready to go” this week for the Denver game. The Rams could use Alexander’s speed, size and full arsenal on the field to help the offense. Will Alexander be able to hold up? How much will he play?
- No Huddle – Will the Broncos deploy the no-huddle that so effectively slowed down the Rams pass rush and opened up holes in the Rams secondary and sent 3 Rams DBs to the locker room with cramps? Especially at altitude, the Rams defense will need to get to the sideline quickly to prevent long no-huddle drives.