Broncos Briefs: Rare October cold game in forecast for Sunday

The forecast for Sunday’s Rams-Broncos game is a high of 29 degrees with an 80-percent chance of snow.

In team history, the Broncos have played only six October home games when the kickoff temperature was 35 degree or colder and only since 1997.

According to Pro Football Reference, those games were: 1969 vs. Kansas City (32.5 degrees) and Oakland (22.6, the coldest October NFL game in the database) in consecutive weeks; 1984 vs. Green Bay (32.2, night game), 1990 vs. Cleveland (32.5, night game), 1996 vs. Kansas City (33.3) and 2009 vs. New England (30).

“They’ve got to play in it as well,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “You’ve got to adjust. There are a couple of different things just menu-wise with your play selection that you want to be aware of. Out here in Southern California, unless we want to go to an ice rink, I don’t think we can really mimic and emulate it.”

For many Broncos rookies, it will be their first exposure to playing in the snow.

“My first real snow game, so it’s going to be run,” linebacker Bradley Chubb said. “I’m kind of excited about it.”

Miller’s phase. Much like his comments over the last few weeks, Broncos linebacker Von Miller said the onus is on him to create more plays. He has no sacks in the last three games.

“I haven’t played the run well and haven’t rushed the passer,” Miller said. “I like living in the world where the problem is me because I can fix it. I’m going into the game trying to fix those issues.”

Miller added: “It’s just a phase I’m in right now. I’ve been here before and gotten out of it before. I point the finger at myself. I have to get it turned around quickly.”

Right guard competition. Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Max Garcia is vying with Connor McGovern to be the starting right guard Sunday.

McGovern has not missed an offensive snap but struggled against Baltimore and the New York Jets, allowing a combined 7 1/2 quarterback sacks/hits/pressures per The Denver Post game charting.

“We’ve got both guys working at the moment,” Joseph said. “We’ll see who starts.”

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Garcia was the Broncos’ starting left guard in 2016-17.

Familiar with Suh. Joseph has a connection with Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Joseph was Miami’s defensive coordinator in 2016 when Suh had five sacks and a career-high 72 tackles.

“He’s playing good football,” Joseph said. “He’s a big man …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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