Nov 9, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) reacts after making a defensive stop against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
This is not a prediction of a shutout. That’s too easy. And the Broncos just don’t shut teams out. The last time Denver had a shutout was 2005 against the New York Jets.
So while these are bold predictions, there has to be a chance they can happen. In a dome, the Broncos will give up at least a field goal.
But what they will do is hold the Rams to under 150 yards of total offense. I predicted this would happen against the San Francisco 49ers and it almost happened if not for junk yardage at the end of the game.
It will happen this time.
Denver faces an offense that just changed its quarterback to Shaun Hill. St. Louis also is missing it’s starting left tackle in Jake Long, who is out with a torn ACL. That means rookie Greg Robinson now mans the position.
The Broncos have the best rush defense in the NFL, so you know the Rams won’t be able to run the football.
St. Louis will then have to put the load of its offense on Hill. He hasn’t gotten a lot of reps since he suffered an injury that sidelined him for a couple weeks. Due to the success of third-string quarterback Austin Davis, the Rams decided to keep rolling with him. This is Hill’s first start since Week 1.
Denver will pressure him the entire game with DeMarcuse Ware and Von Miller; especially if one of them is lined up opposite Robinson.
The No Fly Zone will have another dominating performance.