Ten takeaways from the Broncos’ 10-6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday:
1. Offensive play-time leaders: 44 snaps apiece for OT Jake Rodgers, RG Elijah Wilkinson and OT Quinn Bailey; QB Brett Rypien 38; C Austin Schlottmann and LG Don Barclay 34 apiece and TE Troy Fumagalli 32. TE Jake Butt played 11 snaps. New TE Orson Charles had eight snaps. Seventeen offensive players had at least 20 snaps.
2. Defensive play-time leaders: LB Justin Hollins played all 69 snaps, followed by CB Linden Stephens 55, OLB Ahmad Gooden 49, CB Trey Johnson 46 and S Dymonte Thomas 44. Fourteen defensive players had at least 30 snaps.
3. On the game’s second play, the Rams gained 51 yards on Brandon Allen’s pass to WR Mike Thomas. Given 10 yards of cushion by CB De’Vante Bausby, Thomas used a stutter-step-and-go move to create space on Bausby. S Su’a Cravens, playing deep middle, was a tick late getting out of his back-peddle and couldn’t get over to Thomas in time.
4. The Broncos’ first red zone stand (opening Rams drive): Third-and-1 from the 11-yard line — DE DeMarcus Walker beat a feeble block attempt by TE Kendall Blanton to trip up RB Darrell Henderson for no gain. Fourth-and-1 — NT Mike Purcell’s quick first step allowed him to get past C Aaron Neary, forcing Henderson left and toward Hollins, who stayed home on the edge to make the tackle.
5. Smart move by the Broncos’ defensive coaches to play Hollins the entire game. He had a team-high eight tackles, rotating between outside (base package) and inside (sub-package) linebacker.
6. Rypien’s first drive (hurry-up) to close the second quarter: 13-yard pass to Fumagalli that was well-positioned, outside of Fumagalli and away from the defender; receiver screen to WR River Cracraft that gained only three yards when Schlottmann couldn’t complete his block against LB Travin Howard; no gain on a throw to RB Devontae Jackson in the right flat; and incomplete on third-and-7 when he overthrew WR Juwann Winfree in the end zone.
7. Rypien’s third quarter was doomed by two plays. On first-and-10 from his 35, he used play action and then looked left to draw the safety up, allowing WR Fred Brown to get open on a post route. But Rypien overthrew him 45 yards downfield. On the next play against a five-man rush, Rypien looked for WR Steven Dunbar over the middle, but didn’t see or was unable to throw it by LB Dakota Allen, who deflected the pass that was intercepted by CB Kevin Peterson.
8. The Broncos’ goal-line stand in the third quarter: First down from the 2-yard line — Allen threw an incomplete fade toward WR Jalen Greene (Stephens in coverage). Second down — Allen missed Blanton, who became open when S Trey Marshall slipped. Third down — Allen threw high and wide to TE Johnny Mundt (Stephens in coverage). Fourth down – ILB Kieshawn Bierria tracked Mundt laterally across the goal-line and made the stop for no gain when Allen’s throw was slightly into Mundt’s body, forcing him to slow down.
9. The return game still lacks clarity. “That will keep going,” coach Vic Fangio said of the competition. The Rams punted only twice. Cracraft had a five-yard return and rookie WR Kelvin McKnight’s momentum took him out of bounds on his only attempt. We’ll still predict the Week 1 punt returner isn’t on the roster. On kick returns, RB Devontae Booker might as well be the choice out of necessity.
10. The Broncos may have found one of their punt-coverage gunners in Winfree. With 11 minutes remaining, Winfree beat his man down the left sideline to make the tackle for no yardage. “It will help his cause a lot,” Fangio said. “If you’re going to dress five receivers on game day, one or two of them are going to have to make a contribution in the kicking game. Hopefully that will become the norm for him and not just the flash play.”
- CBSE Class 10 Result 2019 Toppers' Mantra: Dedicated hours, no parent pressure, no social media
- Android 10 may come to these Samsung smartphones soon
- The Walking Dead season 10 episode 6 review & recap: "Favours set-up over showmanship"
- ‘Mean Girls’ Turns 10: Why the Modern Classic Is Still So Fetch
- Jess Phillips vows to fill 10 Downing Street with Ikea furniture — and to compete on Strictly
- Takeaway addict June Adams drops 6.5 stone after seeing mortifying spa snap in which she claimed to resemble Shrek’s Princess Fiona
- Vikings overcome 20-0 deficit at half to beat Broncos 27-23
- ¿Tu Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus te hace padecer? Aquí te ayudamos
- Disney+ hits 10 MILLION subscribers one day after the streaming service launched, sending shares soaring in spite of technical glitches at roll-out
- 10 episodes that will help you talk
- Broncos likely to start Allen after bye _ maybe not for long
- Adrian Peterson impresses in Redskins debut vs. Broncos