Los Angeles is trying to avoid the vaunted Super Bowl hangover after last year’s crushing loss to the New England Patriots. While they’ve opted to rest most of their starters for the second straight preseason, there are growing concerns that the Rams might not be ready for a return trip to the postseason. Meanwhile, the Broncos had an extra preseason game added to their schedule, so this will actually be their fourth preseason game despite having another coming up next week. Can the Rams overcome a depleted roster and come out on top at home versus the Broncos on Saturday night?
Romo pegs Broncos as a sleeper team in 2019
If you pay any attention to preseason predictions, the national media has not been giving the Broncos much of a chance this season under new head coach Vic Fangio. Fangio, a noted defensive genius, was brought in to bolster the Broncos’ defense after a down season, but that didn’t stop NFL.com analyst Adam Rank to predict a 2-14 season in Denver. Several other media outlets unleashed similar predictions for the Broncos season, but at least one high-profile media member believes that Denver will have a successful year. CBS commentator and former NFL quarterback Tony Romo indicated on a radio appearance last week that the Broncos could be a sleeper team in 2019. “The team that sticks out to me, in the AFC, I think the Denver Broncos have a chance to really shock some people,” Romo said on “Mad Dog Sports Radio”.
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Meanwhile, the folks in Denver are preaching patience when it comes to quarterback of the future Drew Lock. Lock, a second-round pick, completed 7 of 11 passes for 34 yards in the team’s preseason opener, but he’s still learning how to be an NFL quarterback after running a college-style offense at Missouri. He’s currently being groomed as the team’s second-string quarterback ahead of longtime backup Kevin Hogan, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Lock earn more snaps over the next two weeks.
Meanwhile, the Broncos welcomed back veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders last week versus the San Francisco 49ers. Sanders took the field despite tearing his Achilles in Week 13 last season with the hope that he will be back without a limited snap count in Week 1.