All of which means next to nothing for either team, except that when it was over, the regular season was one game closer. "I'm ready for it," says Elway. "I don't like playing for nothing."
If the Broncos can hammer out their defensive dents by the time the games do mean something, this team could really be something. And if the Rams can figure out their fiscal failures and soothe their stars, that rubber match might happen. Even if the Rams should bomb, at least there will be some consolation: They won't have to drive all the way to Irwindale to do it.