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Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Rams Predictions, Preview, and Odds – 8-24-2019
On Saturday night, the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams will do battle in this AFC West vs NFC West division matchup. Kickoff is set for 9:00 PM ET.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on FOX 5.
Broncos Looking To Score More Then 15 Points
The Denver Broncos had a below-average 2018 season. They were third in the AFC West, 4-8 in conference play, and almost .500 in point differential. They also ended the season on a four-game losing streak, which means they were in the playoff mix before collapsing the last month of the season.
So far in the preseason, the Broncos haven’t shown that much promise. Sure the defense has been there, but the offense just hasn’t clicked yet. They scored 14 points twice, and 15 points against the San Francisco 49ers. Denver hasn’t scored consistently in any of these preseason games, but at least they have managed to stay in the games. They keep trailing in the second half and that just won’t cut it against the Rams, even though they haven’t looked that great either. All the Denver quarterbacks got some good work in, so that’s a positive for them. Not too many receivers stood out in the SF game, but on defense, Dekoda Watson was the star for the Broncos. He had 2 solo tackles, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 QB hits. Talk about being in every part of the play and this was all over.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 22, 2019
Now, the Broncos have lost 4 straight regular-season games to the Rams. The games were a little close and Denver needs to have a good first half. No more playing from behind, it’s time to look like a solid football team as the regular season gets closer. One quarterback, one running back, and one wide receiver need to stand out from the rest of the back in order to win this game.
Head coach Vic Fangio had this to say about the offense against the Niners: “I thought we did move the ball and made some critical plays – Joe made a nice third down conversion,” Fangio said. “We had some pretty good efficient play in the early going. But we have to punch it in there and get seven and not three.”
As expected, the Rams are resting their starters but so will Denver. Denver quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Drew Lock will sit this one out along with the rest of the starters.
Kevin Hogan will start vs Rams. Rypien will play. Fangio said most starters won’t play. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 22, 2019
Rams Trying To Get Something Going
The Los Angeles Rams rammed the competition last season. They were tied with the best record in the NFC at 13-3, a perfect 6-0 in the division, and they scored the most points in the conference with 527. LA also had the second-best point differential in the conference with +143. The Rams were like a top 10 college team with the way they won most of their games in one-sided fashion.
So far in the preseason, those 2018 Rams are non-existent. Yes some guys are hurt and most of the starters don’t play, but c’mon, the culture is still there for the most part. LA lost to the Oakland Raiders 14-3 and then the Dallas Cowboys 14-10. 13 total points in two games? That is not the Rams that we all saw last season. Credit the Raiders and Cowboys for playing well against them, but this team isn’t trying or maybe they are. No one really stood out for the Rams in week 1, except Landis Durham. He had 7 total tackles, 4 solo, 1 sack, and 1 qb hit. Against the Cowboys, Brandon Allen stepped his game up. He went 14 for 21, with 115 passing yards, but no touchdowns, and 1 interception. Also, this team hasn’t scored in the second half yet this postseason. They are back home and they will be ready to get a complete game.
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— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) August 23, 2019
Historically, the Rams are 9-5 against the Broncos. LA has the better rushers and offensive core. When they are on their game, they are tough to beat. As we get closer to actual kickoff for the regular season, they will slowly be the dominant Rams. A lot of issues right not that are easy fixes and some guys are just trying to make the team. Also, some key guys are still waiting to play to be safe or are just still injured. This is a good game to get the ball rolling because the Broncos are still looking for something to cheer about in their style of play.
The Rams preseason style has even become interesting on the sideline, as coach Sean McVay has been challenging pass interference calls. “A lot of it, really, we’re trying to educate ourselves,” McVay said after the game. “I don’t want anybody to think that I’m totally going crazy. The first two that we’ve thrown out, I would not have challenged those in a normal season if you’re really thinking that. The third one that we actually threw out was the only one that if you said, ‘It’s a real game that counts, you’re going to really put the flag on the field.’ A lot of it is for educational purposes. On a bang bang-type play, how are they seeing it? I think they’ve done a good job of communicating to us the clear and obvious, the egregious plays.”
Los Angeles is:
- Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
- Rams have won 4 straight games against Broncos
- Broncos are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 road games.
- Broncos are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
- Broncos are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Updated on Aug 24 at 9:25am EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
The line has stayed true at the Rams -1.5, despite Los Angeles gitting 57% of the bets. The Sharps are slightly on the side of the Broncos.
Injury / Weather Report
Denver’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: LB Joe Dineen, WR DaeSean Hamilton, and OG Ron Leary
Out: FB Andy Janovich, LB Todd Davis, QB Drew Lock, and RB Theo Riddick
Los Angeles’ Impact Injury Report
Out: LB Josey Jewell and LB Justin Lawler
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both these teams have struggled to score so far in the preseason. The Rams have barely played any starters, while the Broncos had a decent amount of starters play against the 49ers. Denver had a strong first half in the game, but failed to capitalize on some good field position.
LA is back home and will probably have a few more starters back in the mix, meanwhile the Broncos just need to execute a little more on offense and keep that defense playing great.
Prediction: Los Angeles Rams
Full-Game Total Pick
Whatever the over/under is, this game will have the same type of scoring to it. The Rams will score a little more than their last game and the Broncos will probably just get a few field goals and maybe a touchdown.
These teams are in big-time practice mode and it should be an interesting game. LA will finally score throughout the game, especially in the second half. Rams win 24-16.