Thankfully for the Los Angeles Rams, preseason games don’t count. However, when people look up the worst preseason losses in NFL history, the Broncos-Rams blowout from Saturday night will come up.
Denver beat the Rams, 41-0, at home to close out the preseason on Saturday, completely dominating the game from start to finish. The Rams were outgained in total yardage, 494-159, and they had just 11 first downs to the Broncos’ 33.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Rams’ 41-point loss is the largest margin in a preseason game since 2008 when the Panthers beat Washington, 47-3. It’s also the largest shutout defeat since the Patriots also beat Washington, 41-0, in 2006.
That’s nearly 20 years of preseason action since the last time there was a game as lopsided as this one.
The Broncos' 41-0 win over the Rams was the largest victory in a preseason game since 2008 (Panthers def. Washington 47-3).
It's the largest shutout win in a preseason game since 2006 (Patriots def. Washington 41-0).
— Connor Groel (@ConnorGroel) August 27, 2023
The Rams and Broncos will each go into the regular season with records of 0-0 despite this ugly showing from Los Angeles, but this isn’t the way the Rams wanted to cap off the preseason.
Hey, at least they beat Denver 51-14 last Christmas when the games did actually count.