Offseason Opponent Breakdown: The Denver Broncos

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The 2018 NFL Season is still a few months from its official kickoff date, but the opponents for all 32 clubs have already been set.

Aside from their divisional opponents, the Rams will face teams from the NFC North and AFC West. Plus, Los Angeles will take on the reigning division champions from the NFC East and NFC South.

In anticipation of the official schedule release date in mid-April, theRams.com will be taking an early look at each of club's opponents for next season.

THE DENVER BRONCOS

LOCATION:The Rams will travel to Sports Authority Field at Mile High in 2018 to face the Broncos.

HEAD COACH: Vance Joseph will return for his second season as the Broncos' head coach. In his first year, Joseph led Denver to a 5-11 finish. He previously served as the defensive coordinator in Miami and the defensive backs coach for the Bengals, Texans, and 49ers.

MATCHUP HISTORY:The Rams have played Denver 13 times in series history. Los Angeles holds the edge at 8-5-0, including the most recent three-game winning streak. The franchises last met in 2014 when the Rams took home a 22-7 victory.

2017 RECORD: The Broncos recorded a 5-11 overall record in 2017, resulting in a last place finish in the AFC West.


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WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT?

The most notable move to come out of the Mile High City during this year's free agency period was the signing of former Rams quarterback Case Keenum. Last year, Keenum led the Vikings to an 11-3 record as a starter, while finishing with 3,547 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. But the club did lose further depth at the quarterback position by sending Trevor Siemian to Minnesota.

Denver also notably traded away its Pro Bowl and Super Bowl Champion cornerback, Aqib Talib to the Rams. But the Broncos were able to boost their secondary by picking up safety Su'a Cravens via trade and cornerback Tramaine Brock in free agency.

WHAT ABOUT THE DRAFT?

Denver holds a high pick in this year's NFL Draft at No. 5 overall. And while the Broncos' roster has begun to take shape, many mock drafts have not settled on a consensus pick.

Although the franchise brought in Keenum this offseason, some analysts still project the Broncos will select an additional signal caller like Josh Rosen (UCLA) or Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma). Another pressing need for the club lies on defense. Should Denver pass on quarterback, the club may consider defensive backs like Denzel Ward (Ohio State) or Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama).

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Talib and Keenum will both face their former teams when the Rams and Broncos meet in 2018. It should be interesting to see how the revamped L.A. defense under coordinator Wade Phillips — who also coached the Broncos twice in his career — matches up against the new additions in Denver.

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