Week three of the NFL preseason once offered fans their first real glimpse of team’s starting lineups throughout the league. With growing concerns over player safety, however, this is no longer a universal truth.
Head Coach Sean McVay again erred on the side of caution, sidelining their starters against the Broncos Saturday night. In fact, both teams had their backups in the game from start to finish.
The Rams offense moved the ball well from the outset, with starting QB Brandon Allen completing a 51-yard pass to Michael Thomas on the 2ndplay of the game. They did, however, continue to have problems punching the ball into the end zone for most of the game. It was not until the 4thquarter that the Rams scored a go-ahead touchdown with a completion from QB John Wolford to Jalen Greene in the back of the end zone.
The Rams defense limited the Broncos offense from executing with any continuity, keeping them out of the end zone and holding them to two field goals. The front seven held up against the Broncos offense with consistent pressure on the Denver QBs with Jonathan Franklin-Myers pushing through for a sack. Meanwhile, Rams’ secondary players protected against Denver’s passing game with Kevin Petersen snatching an interception.
Overall, the Rams’ backups played their best game thus far, earning their first win of the preseason in their first home game in the newly renovated LA Coliseum, winning the game by a final score of 10-6.