NFL Analysis: Preseason Week 3 Broncos vs Rams

On an electrifying NFL Saturday night, the Denver Broncos showcased their dominance over the Los Angeles Rams with a jaw-dropping scoreline of 41-0. This triumphant performance allowed the Broncos to conclude their preseason with a 1-2 standing, whereas the Rams found themselves in a more challenging position with a 0-3 record.

Right from the kickoff, the game was a rollercoaster. The Rams’ cornerback, Tre Tomlinson, found himself in hot water, receiving an ejection following a facemask offense against Broncos’ wide receiver, Marvin Mims. Seizing this opportunity, the Broncos’ rookie running back, Jaleel McLaughlin, pierced through the Rams’ defense, scoring on a one-yard run, making the scoreboard read 7-0. Remarkably, this touchdown brought McLaughlin’s preseason total to four.

The Broncos didn’t let up. Later in the initial quarter, Brett Maher, their kicker, displayed his skill by nailing a 46-yard field goal, extending their lead to 10-0. However, Maher’s following kickoff took an unexpected turn as it went out of bounds, reflecting his inconsistent form this preseason. His place in the Week 1 roster remains uncertain.

Adding to the Rams’ woes, quarterback Jarrett Stidham synced perfectly with tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, achieving an 8-yard touchdown, further extending the Broncos lead to 17-0. Stidham’s brilliance was evident throughout the match, concluding with an impressive 17-of-28 passes, accumulating 236 yards, and ensuring no turnovers.

Denver Broncos Offensive LineThe Broncos continued to ride the momentum. Running back Tony Jones exhibited his prowess with a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter, widening the gap to 24-0. Maher, in a bid to find redemption, succeeded with another field goal, taking the score to 27-0 just before halftime. The final quarter saw more brilliance from the Broncos with Tyler Badie and third-string quarterback Ben DiNucci scoring further touchdowns, sealing the score at 41-0.

Denver’s defense was equally commendable and it has looked great so far, it’ll help them get better NFL Lines at least to start the season.

Essang Bassey managed to notch up his third interception this preseason, bolstering his case for a place on the team. Drew Sanders, the rookie linebacker, added another interception to Denver’s tally. Although he lost control of the ball post-interception, luck was on Denver’s side as they managed to reclaim possession. With a home shutout, the Broncos’ defense was undoubtedly the star of the game.

The Rams chose to sideline Matthew Stafford and multiple other key players throughout the preseason, a strategy that may have affected their performance. Similarly, the Broncos rested Russell Wilson and several top-tier players. However, Wilson did manage to leave a mark this preseason with a touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy, who unfortunately is predicted to be out of action for a few weeks due to a hamstring injury.

Jaleel McLaughlin, an undrafted sensation from Youngstown State and a record holder in NCAA’s career rushing, made his mark by completing Denver’s opening drive with a touchdown. This came right after the Rams’ Trey Tomlinson faced disqualification for his aggressive tackle on Marvin Mims Jr.

Another highlight was Broncos’ cornerback, Essang Bassey. His consistency in intercepting a pass in all three preseason games is an indication of his potential. Given the competitiveness of the cornerback position, Bassey’s consistency might just earn him a place on the final roster. The rushing department was spearheaded by McLaughlin, amassing 48 yards over 10 carries, including a touchdown. His exceptional form was evident, scoring in each preseason match and forcing an average of 0.37 missed tackles per attempt.

Injury Report

The Broncos’ T Demontrey Jacobs suffered an ankle injury, and despite his valiant efforts to continue, had to limp off the field. Others facing injury woes included Rams’ DB Rashad Torrence with a knee injury, Broncos’ T Alex Palczewski with a hand injury, and Broncos’ OLB Christopher Allen facing a groin strain. Follow these injuries as they might affect NFL Odds.