Report Card v. Rams

Check out Denver's grades in the 36-33 loss to the St. Louis on Sunday.


PASSING OFFENSE: B-minus -- The final numbers look gaudy -- 347 yards, three TDs, zero interceptions. But many of those statistics were compiled in the beginning and end, with three punts and two fumbles taking up the key portion in the middle quarters when St. Louis took control.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C-minus -- Once again, a steep deficit turned Denver into a one-dimensional team. Knowshon Moreno again looked like he had some pep in his step, with 12 carries for 56 yards, adding six catches, too. But the Broncos got into long-yardage situations they couldn't convert, rushing 18 times against 44 drop-backs.

PASS DEFENSE: D-minus -- The Broncos' injury-riddled secondary will get the bulk of the blame and deserve some of it. But it starts up front, and Sam Bradford's first career game was set up by too much time to pass and slide around the pocket to hit receivers, who had time to get open.

RUSH DEFENSE: B -- Denver was burned a couple times -- by a Danny Amendola end-around and a Steven Jackson sweep -- but the focus on the Rams' star back worked. Denver held Jackson to just 72 yards on 29 carries.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C-plus -- David Bruton got his hand on a late Rams punt that didn't count as a block but limited the kick's distance to 22 yards. That gave Denver a chance for a tying/winning drive that ultimately fizzled. Matt Prater hit 40- and 49-yard field goals, but the return game was stuck in the mud. Eddie Royal fumbled a kickoff, and Amendola had a 39-yard kickoff return.

COACHING: D -- Once again, the Broncos had the right script at the start, scoring for a third straight game on the opening series. But after two possessions sputtered and led to field goals, the offense disappeared for a long stretch. It doesn't appear that Denver is able to counterpunch once opponents make adjustments.

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