Peyton Manning and the offense have been unable to get into a rhythm and have failed to consistently challenge a young but talented Rams secondary. The Rams have done an excellent job of pressuring Manning, keeping him on his toes. The result has been an unsettled QB.
The Broncos have been stymied in the running game, only netting 12 rushing yards. The Rams defense has done an excellent job bottling up that aspect of the Broncos offensive attack.
Shaun Hill got the start today for the Rams, his first since week 1. Jeff Fisher made the right decision, as he's been able to gash the Broncos secondary, including a 63-yard touchdown strike to Kenny Britt, which came at the expense of Bradley Roby. It should be noted that Roby had no help on the play, as safety Quinton Carter bit hard on a crossing route, leaving Roby alone on a post.
Britt has been a difference maker for the Rams, as he and Hill seem to have a mind-meld going. Britt has 4 receptions for 128 yards and 1 TD already. The Broncos don't seem to have an answer for him.
In our 3 Keys To a Broncos Victory, we told you that this was not going to be a "gimme" game. The Rams are giving them their best shot, in an effort to keep their postseason hopes alive.
The Broncos are helping them in that effort, as they've dropped 4 Manning passes thus far. For a time, it looked like the Rams might hold the Broncos score-less in the first half, but with 2:22 seconds left, Manning hit Emmanuel Sanders on a 42-yard TD strike.
To begin the second half, the Broncos will get the ball first. And they'll have to find a way to capitalize on the momentum they built at the end of the second quarter. For whatever reason, the Broncos seem to be a second half team.
They come out early and test the opposition's defenses and ascertain how they're scheming against them. They go into the half, make their adjustments, and come out swinging in the second. Can they do it again today? Stay tuned.