3. Strong day by run defense
Despite how great the defense in general has looked on paper led by Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, the last few weeks have been far from smooth for the Rams on defense, especially when looking at all of the points allowed over the first three quarters in some games. Matching up against Denver, everyone knew there was a chance that Keenum and company could take a page out of the books of the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings by picking apart the defense of Los Angeles, but luckily that wasn’t the case.
As impressive as it was to see the Rams hold the Broncos to scoring just 20 points, the fact that they allowed just 60 rushing yards throughout the contest was quite impressive for Wade Phillips‘ defense. Whether it was the extra motivation behind the defensive coordinator facing his former team or the cold temperatures, Phillips has plenty of reasons to be thrilled over how his unit looked for the most part.
Denver’s running game has been surprisingly good at times in 2018 thanks to Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay, so give credit to Los Angeles for stepping up when needed the most. The Rams may be 6-0 at the moment, but even they know it’s little victories like this with the run defense that could make a huge difference in the long run.