Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Denver Broncos are hosting the Los Angeles Rams at Mile High Stadium today in a game where the Rams mark to remain perfect this season. The Rams produce one the highest scoring offenses in the league to a Bronco defense that's not been good at all.
Today, the Rams will be playing not only against the Broncos but mother nature too! The temperatures are expected to be around 24 degrees at kickoff, and the field already has been blanketed with snow. Could this be the key to the Broncos defense to slow down the explosive offense?
The question asked whether or not the Rams starting quarterback Jared Goff can effectively throw the ball in the snow and the freezing conditions. Goff has unusually smaller hands for a quarterback, as he will get tested by protecting the ball from the Broncos front seven.
The Broncos front seven consist on future Hall of Fame linebacker Von Miller, Brandon Marshall and rookie edge rusher Bradley Chubb. Nose Tackle Domata Peko Sr, as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, presented many issues for the Rams offensive line the last time he played. His pressure up the middle disrupted the Rams offense, and on a key fourth and short, he stuffed Todd Gurley in the backfield for a loss.
However, this is entirely a different Rams offensive line, that premiers some nasty "big uglies" on their offensive line. Starting from left to right, Andrew Whitworth, Rodger Saffold, John Sullivan, Austin Blythe, and Rob Havenstein will be relied upon heavily to produce an active Rams running game.
Will the inclement weather be a factor for the team from the sunny west coast? That will be the expectation from the Bronco fans as they hope that the cold elements will affect the Rams players.
However, what they don't know, four of the Rams starting five offensive linemen went to universities where they collegiately in snow. However, the captain of the offensive line Whitworth, played the majority of his career in Cincinnati as the weather proposed no issues for his play. So, I like the chances of this Rams offensive line against the Broncos defense.
Expect to watch the Rams run the ball heavily against the Broncos defense, as the Rams will run Gurley as early and often. Perhaps, this will be the week Rams will have rookie running back John Kelly active as his punishing style of running is very useful in a smash mouth offense. Don't expect to see Goff throwing the ball as much today, but on the other hand, with the wizard Sean McVay calling the plays, he may go against the odds and throw the ball with quick passes.
Last week, the Broncos defense surrendered 323 yards rushing to the New York Jets, with Isaiah Crowell gaining 219 yards and Bilal Powell with 99-yards of his own. It was an ugly day for the defense, and the Rams will look to exploit their weakness. Let's see if this will become the game that Gurley will set his career mark with rushing for 200 yards.