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Denver Broncos implode in 51-14 loss to LA Rams on Christmas Day

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The Denver Broncos finally gave up on the 2022 season. They had it all. Bad penalties, sideline shoves, turnovers, sacks, pick sixes and a partridge in a pear tree. The Los Angeles Rams beat them 51-14 and were never very close. Bring on the next two weeks and end this miserable season.

in-game updates

13:00: The Broncos’ game day inactives look a little normal for a change. The holders of the inactive lists in the last few games are making a comeback. Randy Gregory, Courtland Sutton, Dalton Risner, K’Waun Williams and Latavius ​​Murray were all questionable in this game, but they will all be active.

3:01 pm: Russell Wilson and the Broncos offense got off to a very rocky start in the first quarter. After the Rams opened the game with a field goal drive, Wilson threw two interceptions, both of which were converted into touchdowns for a 17-0 lead over Denver.

3:15 pm: The Broncos’ offense finally woke up, but a holding penalty crippled the offense. Brandon McManus would have to kick a 54-yard field goal to put the Broncos on the board for the first time in the game. Complete recap of the first quarter.

3:34 pm: Responding to the Broncos’ scoring drive, Baker Mayfield and the Rams drove straight downfield and scored another touchdown to put the Rams up 24-3.

3:54 pm: The Rams offense is proving to be unstoppable this day. Mayfield and the offense put together a long 14-play, 85-yard touchdown drive before the end of the first half to extend their lead to 31–3 over Denver.

4:01 pm: Russell Wilson came alive with less than two minutes left in the half to bring the Broncos into field goal range with 1 second left to give McManus a 49-yard field goal to cut the Rams’ lead to 31-6 at halftime. Complete recap of the second quarter.

4:27 pm: The Broncos looked like they could add more points on their opening possession in the second half, but Wilson played in the end zone to an easy interception by Jalen Ramsey.

4:51 pm: The third quarter ended with the Rams scoring on every possession of the game. They were driving late in the quarter after adding a field goal to the lead. They are 34-6 and looking to score again. Complete third quarter recap.

17:12: Russell Wilson hit Jerry Jeudy deep to put them in the red zone and then found Greg Dulcich in the end zone for the touchdown to cut the Rams lead to 41-14. The two-point conversion was good.

5:18 pm: Despite replacing Baker Mayfield, the Rams continued their scoring crusade to get another field goal to put them up 44-14 over the Broncos. They scored on all eight possessions in this game.

5:24 pm: Brett Rypien came on for Russell Wilson and looked like he might lead the Broncos to a few garbage time points, but then he threw an ugly interception that he returned over 80 yards for pick six. Rams throws a 50 burger at the Broncos. 51-14.

game preview

It’s hard to believe that the Los Angeles Rams are the reigning Super Bowl champions. They’ve been plagued by injuries just as much as the Denver Broncos this season and both teams are 4-10 looking to finish the season on a high note.

This game is going to come down to Russell Wilson and the Broncos offense once again. If they can score points, Denver’s strong defense should be able to limit Baker Mayfield and force him into some costly mistakes that will help the Broncos to their fifth win of the season.

Now that Klint Kubiak is calling plays for good 3-4 games, I feel like we could see the offense continue to see more and more efficiency going forward. I would love to see them put up 20+ points again this week.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 pm Mile High Time on Sunday, December 25, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. You can watch the game stream live on FuboTV or on CBS or Nickelodeon.

my prediction

In partnership with DraftKings Sportsbook, I’m covering all of my picks from this year in TallySight. For once I really like the Broncos here and I think they can cover that 3-point spread advantage. As is typical of Broncos games in 2022, I also took the under in that 36 over/under. I would be crazy not to give the Broncos’ track record this season on that front.