Rams (5-0) at Bron­cos (2-3)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NEWS - Jon Heath

Sun­day, 4:05 p.m. ET, Bron­cos Sta­dium at Mile High, Den­ver TV: Fox

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: by 7

Rams’ keys to vic­tory: The Bron­cos have a strong rush­ing at­tack this sea­son (they are av­er­ag­ing 137 yards per game, fourth best in the NFL), but that won’t do them any good if they have to play from be­hind against Los An­ge­les. If the Rams can build an early lead and force Den­ver to rely on QB Case Keenum to win the game, L.A. should be in good shape. On of­fense, WR Brandin Cooks likely will face Chris Har­ris or Bradley Roby, two ta­lented corner­backs. So the Rams should tar­get WRs Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp — ei­ther of them would be a mis­match against 35-year-old CB Adam Jones.

Bron­cos’ keys to vic­tory: Run un­til the wheels fall off. RBs Phillip Lind­say and Royce Free­man have been out­stand­ing, com­bin­ing for 664 yards from scrim­mage and five touch­downs. If the Bron­cos can es­tab­lish a run­ning game early, it will make life eas­ier for QB Case Keenum. On de­fense, OLBs Von Miller and Bradley Chubb must gen­er­ate a pass rush to dis­rupt L.A.’s me­nac­ing pass­ing at­tack.

Matchup to watch: Rams DT Aaron Don­ald vs. Bron­cos LG Ron Leary. Don­ald is ar­guably the best de­fen­sive player in the NFL, so he’s worth watch­ing ev­ery week. He might face a tough test in Leary, who has yet to al­low a sack this sea­son.

Who wins? Keenum hasn’t been good enough to beat good de­fenses this sea­son, and Los An­ge­les has one of the most ta­lented teams in the NFL. Den­ver’s de­fense might play bet­ter than ex­pected, but it won’t be enough for the Bron­cos to pull off an up­set.

Rams, 28-17 Rams

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