It only took until week 16, but Denver has a great chance for their first road win of the year (0-6) in the Christmas Day Broncos at Rams betting matchup. The Broncos (4-10) also haven’t had a winning streak since beating the Texans and 49ers in back to back games in the first month of the season, and they’re coming off a 24-15 victory over Arizona last Sunday.
The Rams are also 4-10 on the season, a come-from-behind 1-point win over the Raiders in week 14 away from being on an 8-game losing skid. L.A. is also on a shorter turnaround after a 24-12 loss on Monday night at Lambeau Field. The Broncos defense will be the most superior unit on the field Sunday, but Denver is still just a -3 point favorite with 57% of the betting public behind them.
Broncos Try for First Road Win
Denver hasn’t exactly been dominant at home this season (3-4), but they’re horrible in true road games (0-6) with a win over Jacksonville in London sprinkled in there in week 8. For as bad as the Broncos have been all season, they’re still playing hard down the stretch with a close 34-28 loss to Kansas City in week 14 as +8.5 underdogs and then beating the Cardinals last Sunday to cover a slight -1.5 point spread.
Denver picked up the win last week even behind their backup QB, with Brett Rypien going 21/26 for 197 yards with 1/1. Russell Wilson missed the Cardinals game with a concussion after he had his best game of the season against Kansas City going 23/36 for 247 with 3/1. Wilson is expected back in the lineup for the Broncos at Rams betting matchup.
While Denver hasn’t gotten what they expected from Wilson as a whole this year, their defense has been one of the best in the NFL. The Broncos will get to tee off on a banged up and struggling Rams offense on Sunday in a game with an O/U of just 35.5.
Rams Ready for Season to End
Los Angeles has dropped 9 of their last 11 and should probably be on an 8-game losing streak if not for Baker Mayfield leading two TD drives in the final 3:30 to beat the Raiders 17-16 in week 14 as +6 point underdogs.
Mayfield was 22/35 for 230 yards vs. Las Vegas, but he was running for his life Monday in Green Bay getting sacked five times. Mayfield finished just 12/21 for 111 yards with a TD and an INT against the Packers, and he’s got an even tougher test against a Broncos defense that ranks 5th vs. the pass (194.5) and gives up just 18.1 ppg.
The Rams are without Aaron Donald (ankle) again on Sunday which makes stopping the Denver offense that much more difficult. The Broncos found a running game last weekend against Arizona, with Latavius Murray carrying the ball 24 times for 130 yards and a TD.
Free Broncos at Rams Betting Preview
Denver hasn’t won a true road game this season, but that should change on Sunday. The Rams’ offensive line is in shambles and the Broncos defense is going to eat up this heavily injured squad.
Free Pick: Broncos -3