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Seven Stats: Rams Beat the Broncos 23-20 in Denver

The Rams once again won on the road, beating the Broncos 23-20 in Denver in Week 6.

Running back Todd Gurley led the Rams to their sixth-straight win of the season in wintery conditions at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Gurley rushed for a career-high 208 yards, and scored his team's only two touchdowns of the day.

The Rams are now 6-0 for the first time since 2001.


Here are seven stats that stood out in Week 6 against the Broncos:


The Rams entered Week 6 leading the league in yards from scrimmage, averaging 476.6 yards per game. Running back Todd Gurley once again led the way, tallying 225 yards from scrimmage in Denver.

Gurley rushed for 208 of those yards, which is a career high for the fourth-year back.

Gurley became the first Ram since 2001 to rush for at least 200 yards in a game.

The Rams finished with 471 yards of total offense.


Despite quarterback Jared Goff and the Rams' offense moving the ball well early, they were unable to find the end zone in the first quarter of the game.

The Rams' 134 yards of first quarter offense was turned into just six points as kicker Cairo Santos provided the Rams' early lift in Denver. Santos hit two field goals to end each of L.A.'s first two offensive drives, from 26 yards and 39 yards, respectively.

Later in the game, Santos missed his first field goal as a Ram. It was a 47-yard attempt early in the fourth quarter that could have put the Rams up 13.

Later in fourth, Santos drilled a 21-yard attempt, putting his team up two scores with just over five minutes remaining.

Santos' final field goal of the game proved to be the winner, as the Broncos found the end zone late in the fourth quarter, prompting head coach Vance Joseph to call up an onside kick in an attempt to put together a game-winning drive. The kick went out of bounds, and the Rams won by three.


Quarterback Jared Goff has been kept relatively clean through five games in 2018. Goff had been sacked just six times entering Week 6 against edge rusher Von Miller and the Denver Broncos.

Week 6 was a different story, as Goff was sacked a season-high 5.0 times, totalling a loss of 27 yards.

Denver's fifth-overall draft pick, outside linebacker Brandon Chubb led the way, sacking Goff 3.0 times. Miller finished his day with 1.5 sacks.

Goff finished his day 14-of-28 for 201 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception.



Fifth-year cornerback Lamarcus Joyner recorded his first sack since 2016 near the end of the first half of Sunday's game.

Down 10 with 46 seconds remaining, Broncos quarterback Case Keenum dropped back from the Rams 39 yard line looking to convert on 4th-and-3.

Joyner sped across the line of scrimmage and was able to hold Keenum's forward progress until the whistle — sacking the former Ram for a loss of 11 yards, and forcing a turnover on downs.


The Rams averaged a season-high 6.9 yards per carry against the Broncos.

Gurley's 208 yards on the ground, and 7.5 yards per carry, was supplemented by 62 rushing yards from a combination of Goff, backup running back Malcolm Brown, and wide receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.

L.A.'s previous best was in Week 1 against the Raiders, when they averaged 5.4 yards per carry.


The Rams defense has hung its hat on fourth quarter defense in 2018, allowing just six points all year in the game's final quarter.

The unit appeared stout once again for the majority of the fourth quarter in Denver, allowing just a field goal until Keenum took advantage of Rams' penalties and finally punched it in to veteran receiver Demaryius Thomas for a one-yard touchdown pass with under two minutes remaining in the game.

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Since taking the job in L.A. in 2017, head coach Sean McVay is undefeated against AFC opponents.

With Sunday's win over the Broncos, McVay is now 7-0 against the AFC.

This season, the Rams are 3-0 against the AFC, beating the Raiders, Chargers, and Broncos.

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