Posted Wed Nov 24th by Jon Heath
Each week, coaches in the NFL watch film on their upcoming opponent. They then come up with a game plan based off what they saw on the film. Similarly, in BT’s Film Room, I’ll watch film on the Broncos upcoming foe week-to-week and give you my thoughts on what to watch for on Sunday. This week: St. Louis Rams Edition.
The Rams enter week eleven with a team better than it’s 4-6 record, and players that want to prove it. To prepare for that, the Broncos will have to key several players on Sunday. Among those players are:
Steven Jackson, Running back. For the past seven years, Jackson has been the Rams workhorse. This season however, St. Louis has had a more balanced offense, asking less of Jackson and more of Rookie Quarterback Sam Bradford. That hasn’t slowed down Jackson’s productivity though — he’s rushed 203 times for 811 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also been a big part of the Rams passing attack, catching 28 passes for 243 yards. Jackson is the type of player that can turn something out of nothing, and is always a big play waiting to happen.
Another player the Broncos talked about alot this week in practice is Quarterback Sam Bradford. Though he makes his rookie mistakes, Bradford “certainly doesn’t resemble a rookie,” as Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels puts it. Starting all 10 games this season, Bradford has gone 228-of-376 for 2,158 passing yards and 14 Touchdowns, while throwing 9 interceptions and being sacked 20 times. In previous games, Bradford has handled blitzes well, but the Broncos shouldn’t shy away from them — as he still is a rookie. His favorite target is second year Wide Receiver Danny Amendola.
This season, Amendola has caught 60 passes for 493 yards and 3 touchdowns, while also handling the Rams kick and punt return duties.
If the Broncos are to slow down the Rams offense, keying those three players will be vital. Looking to bounce back from Monday’s mishap, Denver needs a win this week — we’ll find out how much they want it on Sunday.