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Rams sneak past Broncos in wild scoring game…

Per Washington Post:

This is another tape the Denver Broncos might not want to watch.

By the time the Broncos’ 20-point fourth-quarter rally fell short in a 36-33 loss to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Invesco Field was mostly empty, and dark storm clouds hung over both the city and its tarnished football franchise.

The fans have had it with a tarnished team that’s been in the news for the wrong reasons: trades gone bad, a captain’s DUI arrest, and now a videotaping scandal that cost an underling his job and coach Josh McDaniels and the team $50,000 each.

The NFL ruled that McDaniels didn’t view video chief Steve Scarnecchia’s illicit 6-minute tape of the San Francisco 49ers’ practice in London last month but punished him for not immediately reporting the infraction to the league as required.

The commissioner wants to meet with the fired videographer this week and could reopen its investigation of the Broncos if he provides evidence this wasn’t an isolated incident as the league concluded.

The Broncos’ sixth loss in their last eight home games featured more of the same troubles that have tormented them all season: a sieve of a defense that’s allowing a league-worst 35.9 points a game and an inability to counter opponents’ adjustments.

After falling behind 10-0 early, the Rams (5-6), who moved into a tie with Seattle for first place in the NFC West, outscored the Broncos 33-3.

Rams rookie Sam Bradford had his first 300-yard game and team owner Stan Kroenke - whose Denver-based sports empire includes the Nuggets, Avalanche and the MSL champion Rapids - had a game ball courtesy of Steven Jackson tucked under his arm as he congratulated his players on the triumph.

“This was a huge step for this team, taking it to the next level,” Bradford said of his first road win. “It’s obviously something we’ve struggled with earlier in the year. But to finally clear that hurdle, I feel like only things can get better now.”

The Broncos (3-8) are feeling the same way.

Embattled coach Josh McDaniels declined to say much more about the scandal that cost video operations director Steve Scarnecchia his job and could lead to his banishment from the NFL when he meets with commissioner Roger Goodell.

Scarnecchia was part of New England’s video staff that was involved in the original Spygate scandal four years ago, and McDaniels declined to respond to new reports he told his staff on Friday that the Broncos’ videotaping troubles weren’t on the same magnitude as the systemic illicit videotaping that happened in New England.

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