It’s Sunday again, and the Rams are going to give winning on the road another go when they take on the Denver Broncos in the Mile High City. This game, like many others the Rams have played on the road this season, is very winnable. It’s getting harder and harder to predict what this team will do on the road, but here are my keys to the Rams getting a notch in the road win column.
Who Are These Guys? – If anyone wants to sit there and tell me that they predicted Kyle Orton and Brandon Lloyd would be putting up huge numbers at this point in the season, I would probably call you a liar. I’m still not convinced this offense is all that great, and I think our defense should be able to handle them. With that being said, we have to keep tabs on Lloyd. If he goes off for a few big plays, I could see things going poorly for St. Louis.
Mile High Effect – I don’t know if the altitude will be an issue for the Rams at all, but after seeing the team stuggled with cramps last week, it makes me wonder where the conditioning level is for some of these guys. I’m would be willing to bet that the game will be fairly close in the second half, and we don’t have enough depth to lose guys for numerous plays because they can’t catch their breath.
It’s Sam’s Time – I have this feeling that Sam Bradford is going to have a big day throwing the ball against the Broncos, and if I’m right, then he will be doing it in front of fellow rookie QB Tim Tebow, who will be watching from the sidelines. I’m not all that impressed with the Broncos’ pass rush, so I expect Bradford to have some time to get through his progressions. He will also have Danario Alexander back, barring a last-minute change, so the weapons will be there.
I have had some bad feelings heading into games in the past, but I actually feel OK about this one right now. The Broncos can be dangerous when they are on, but they haven’t been on nearly enough this season. My prediction is 27-23 Rams, with the defense intercepting Orton on the final drive of the game to seal the deal.