Broncos to face Rams in Los Angeles on Christmas Day


By Aric DiLalla –

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos are headed west for Christmas.

Denver will face the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in a Week 16 matchup on Dec. 25 at 2:30 p.m. MT, CBS announced Tuesday. The game will be broadcast on CBS and also on Nickelodeon.

The Broncos have played on Christmas three times in the team’s history, and all three matchups came on the road. Denver earned wins in 1999 and 2004 against Detroit and Tennessee, respectively, before falling to the Chiefs in 2016.

In Los Angeles, the Broncos will face one of the league’s best teams. Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald, Cooper Kupp and Jalen Ramsey were among the Rams’ stars to lead the team to a Super Bowl LVI title, and Los Angeles appears geared for another run at a championship.

The two teams last met in 2018, when the Rams held on for a 23-20 win. Bradley Chubb, in the midst of his record-setting rookie season for the Broncos, recorded the lone three-sack game of his career during the contest.

The Broncos’ matchup was revealed as part of a series of announcements ahead of the league’s schedule release. Each morning this week, one of the primary broadcast networks — CBS, FOX, NBC and ESPN — is permitted to announce at least one select game.

Denver’s Week 8 matchup was previously announced. The Broncos will face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 30 at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Broncos’ home opener will be announced on Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m. CT, and the team’s complete schedule will be released that same evening at 7 p.m. CT.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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