Sunday was nothing new for the St. Louis Rams, going up against one of, if not the best team in the NFL, nobody gave them a chance to beat the Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the Edward Jones Dome.
Like two other times this season when the Rams defeated the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, they proved the experts wrong, shocking the Broncos 22-7.
On offense it was Shaun Hill making his first start since week one, rookie Tre Mason, and free agent pickup Kenny Britt who lead the way. Hill was 20 for 29 for 220 yards and a touchdown, more importantly with costly interceptions. Mason and Britt on the other hand each teamed up for 100 yards, the first time a Rams receiver and running back each had 100 yards since 2012 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Mason finished with 29 carries for 113 yards, the most against the Broncos’ top-ranked run defense and Britt had four catches for 128 yards that included a 63-yard score.
Although the offense did enough to get the job done with the help of five Greg Zuerlein field goals, it was the Rams defense who stole the show. Other than giving up a touchdown due to a busted coverage, the Rams defense held the high powered Denver offense to only seven points.
The seven points scored by the Broncos are the fewest in a regular season game started and finished by Peyton Manning since Week 13 2001, and the fewest scored by Denver since 2011 with Tim Tebow under center.
Linebacker Alec Ogletree and cornerback Trumaine Johnson each had interceptions for St. Louis while rookie Aaron Donald had a key sack on fourth down and James Laurinaitis got also got a big sack in the fourth quarter. Despite a couple of busted coverages, one of which resulting in a score, the Rams secondary did its job coming up with 12 pass breakups.
Once again Sunday showed that the Rams are able to compete with the best of the best. This team has defeated three of the four conference championship teams of last season, the first team to do so since the 2003 Green Bay Packers. The Rams are now 4-6 and although the playoffs are most likely out of reach, it is still possible to finish with a winning record or even 8-8, something the Rams haven’t done since 2006.
The Rams will now travel four the fourth time in five weeks to take on the San Diego Chargers who escaped the Oakland Raiders 13-6.