Gurley's Game

The Rams stated off strong in all phases. After a near Case Keenum interception on the Broncos first drive, Jared Goff connected deep to Brandin Cooks setting up a LA field goal to give the Rams a 3-0 lead. On their second drive the Rams drove 71 yards from their own 8 to kick another field goal extending their lead to 6-0. It looked like the broncos had taken the lead after a 44-yard TD bomb to Emmanuel Sanders. However, the play was reviewed, and he was ruled down at the one-yard line. A taunting penalty on sanders pushed the team back to the 15 where the Rams defense would hold forcing a Denver field goal. Todd Gurley then took control of the game. He diced the Broncos defense on multiple runs until finally scoring on a run up the gut on 4th and inches from the Broncos 10. The Broncos had an opportunity to put more points on the board at the end of the half, but LaMarcus Joyner sacked Keenum on a vicious safety blitz to push Denver out of field goal range.


(Oct. 13, 2018 - Source: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images North America)


The Broncos moved the ball well on their first drive of the second half, but a 14 yard sack on 3rd down by Aaron Donald forced the broncos out of field goal range once again. Gurley and Goff then worked in tandem to move their team down the field and score a touchdown bring the score to 20-3. Case Keenum threw what looked to be back breaking interception on Denver’s next drive, but Jared Goff match him with an interception of his own deep in Rams territory. Two plays later Emmanuel Sanders fought his way in to the endzone to cut the Ram’s lead to 10. The Broncos and Rams traded field goals to put the game at 23-13 with 3 minutes left. The Broncos had a sensational drive and scored a touchdown to be down 3 with a 1:22 left. Their onside kick would be unsuccessful and the Rams would take a knee the win in Mile High.

(Oct. 13, 2018 - Source: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images North America)


Takeaways


The Ram’s continued to play at a high level on both sides of the ball. Todd Gurley as by far the best player on the field going for a total of 225 yards and two touchdowns. Jared Goff was not overly impressive, but he did well managing the game and Robert Woods was impactful especially using his run after the catch ability. The number of explosive plays the Broncos were able to generate behind the arm of case Keenum was surprising against one of the best defenses in the league. Unfortunately, Keenum took sacks and threw interceptions at critical points in the game which had to have Broncos fans pulling their hair out. Overall the better team won a game that was less competitive than the final score indicated. The Ram’s continue to look like Super Bowl contenders while the Broncos are underachieving especially on defense.

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