The Denver Broncos gave up a lot of yards but only 13 points to the Los Angeles Rams in the first half and trail 13-3 after two quarters.
The Denver Broncos gave up plenty of yards but not too many points to call the game over at halftime and they trail the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 at halftime.
How it has happened to far
The game started off poorly for the Broncos, who punted on their first possession and gave the ball over to one of the hottest offenses in the NFL led by Jared Goff and Todd Gurley, who promptly drove the ball right down the field into scoring range.
The Broncos have given up almost eight yards per play in the first half to the Rams but have kept the score in reasonable range by getting off the field on third downs.
The Rams are 1-for-6 so far on third down conversions, though they turned a fourth-and-short into their only touchdown of the game, a nice run off left tackle Andrew Whitworth by Todd Gurley.
The Broncos have not been moving the ball well offensively save for one play that could have been a touchdown from Case Keenum to Emmanuel Sanders.
Sanders taunted the defensive back after what looked like a touchdown that would have put the Broncos up 7-6 (assuming a made extra point) but instead of a touchdown, he was ruled down by contact at the one, and the ball was moved back to the 16.
The error in judgment by Sanders cost the Broncos six points and they ultimately settled for a field goal. The Rams scored on their next possession.
Defensively, Von Miller got on the board in the sack department for the first time since week two. It was a half-sack along with Darian Stewart, but his sack-less streak is over.
Bradley Chubb has two sacks in this game and Denver’s rookie rushing attack has so far been the Phillip Lindsay show, as he leads the team with eight total touches offensively in the first half.
The Broncos simply have to find a way to limit the Rams’ first-down yardage as the run defense has again been gashed, and they can’t keep screwing things up offensively with untimely penalties or poor red zone performance.
It’s the same story on a different week for the Broncos.