The Denver Broncos will catch a break when they face the Los Angeles Rams on Christmas Day. What was once viewed as a phenomenal matchup (prior to the 2022 season) is now expected to be somewhat of a borefest.
The Rams announced that their starting quarterback Matthew Stafford has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the 2022 season not due to his concussion but to a separate neck injury. Obviously, that’s a smart decision to keep any player out if they have an injury in that area of the body.
At the end of the day, the Denver Broncos don’t appear to be a team that is going to win many more football games in 2022. At 3-8, they are currently in last place in the AFC West. The absence of Stafford could help the Broncos win against the Rams, who right now are also 3-8. With Stafford in you would think that both teams would have an equal shot at a victory since they both appear to be terrible teams. However, it just would not be shocking if the Broncos got destroyed with Stafford in the game.
So, who is expected to be the Rams starting quarterback at the time the two teams square off in Week 16?
That will be John Wolford, a former undrafted free agent quarterback who has also spent time with the New York Jets and Arizona Hotshots (of the AAF).
It might end up that the Rams resort to the running game for the most part for the duration of the season, although as of right now, they rank 31st in the league in total rushing yards and 28th in rushing touchdowns. The Denver Broncos rank 25th in rushing yards and 29th in rushing touchdowns. The Broncos’ defense has allowed 1,338 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns this season.
The Denver Broncos will once again be without KJ Hamler on Sunday as the third-year player suffered a setback with his hamstring injury.
If they can control the run while stopping the Rams’ rushing attack, it should be an easier day for the Denver Broncos.