Team Grades: Denver Broncos Fail In Big Loss To St. Louis Rams

November 17, 2014 1:00 PM

Team Grades: Denver Broncos Fail In Big Loss To St. Louis Rams
By Rich Kurtzman

" Ouch. Denver was dominated on the football field Sunday afternoon by the St. Louis Rams’ brutal physicality and more competent play all-around.

The Broncos’ offense was off to start the game, and when they went for an early fourth down and failed, St. Louis capitalized by scoring a 63-yard touchdown with Kenny Britt on the next play. It was a massive momentum shift in the Rams’ favor, one they’d ride for the rest of the contest. After mostly completely ineffective play, the offense got it going when Peyton Manning connected with Emmanuel Sanders for a 43-yard score, which brought the game to 13-7 before half.

Denver could never score again, though, and when Sanders was injured by safety Rodney McLeod on a deep pass play – knocking the smallish receiver out of the game with a concussion – it was another shift of momentum in the Rams’ favor. While the Broncos couldn’t score once in the second half, St. Louis put three more field goals on the board to win 22-7 "

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