Broncos beat Rams 17-9 in third preseason game; Trevor Siemian may have won starting QB job
DENVER — Early on, Von Miller was wreaking havoc in the Rams’ backfield.
The Rams had nothing to show after the first two possessions.
The same goes for the Broncos, with just six yards after their first two drives.
The Rams got it going late in the first, with a nice threat to Lance Kendricks for 23 yards. It set up a 29-yard chip shot field goal for the first score of the game.
Denver continued to struggle into the second quarter, going for it on fourth and one. They couldn’t push it through.
With a shorter field for the Rams, they converted off the foot of Gregg Zurlien – his second of three in the first half.
The Broncos finally got rolling midway through the second quarter. C.J. Anderson showed good acceleration with back-to-back runs. He had 11 carries for 50 yards in the first half.
Anderson set them up for the easy throw and Trevor Seimian hit Virgil Green off play action for a one-yard touchdown and the Broncos took the lead, 7-6.
The Rams were up 9-7 when the Broncos got it back just before the second half. There was a really nice strike from Siemian to Demaryius Thomas – who caught it with one hand.
That set up kicker Brandon McMannus from 50 yards out, giving the Broncos a 10-9 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Broncos continued to seek heat on the defensive end.
Rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch got the start and after a three-and-out he started to move the team.
A screen on third and 18 was perfectly executed, keeping the drive alive, and Ronnie Hillman popped it in from eight yards out for the score, putting the Broncos up 17-9.
Kayvon Webster put in the work on the third down to keep the Rams out of the end zone and they did it will a goal line stand in the last four minutes.
The Broncos won their second game in three exhibition starts.
The Broncos go to Arizona for the final game of the preseason on Thursday.
Mark Sanchez didn’t play, after head coach Gary Kubiak said he had seen enough of his performance. Kubiak said he explained the decision to Sanchez.