Oregon vs Washington State

Oregon vs Washington State :The Pac-12 race is heating up and things could get interesting when No. 25 Washington State plays host to No. 12 Oregon at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Here’s how the Cougars and Ducks match-up.
Fresh off its overtime victory against Washington last week, Oregon must now travel to Pullman, Washington to take on another ranked foe in Washington State. The Ducks have no breathing room either in the Pac-12 North as each top team now holds one loss in conference.
With Cal and Oregon State opening Pac-12 play a combined 0-6, a four-way race for the division has broken out between Oregon, Washington, Washington State and Stanford. All four teams have just one loss to this point, but Stanford has the head-to-head tiebreaker with Oregon, who has the head-to-head tiebreaker with Washington. The division games between these teams carry a ton of weight for the end of the season, starting with Saturday afternoon in Pullman.
On top of being an incredibly important game, Saturday’s contest also features a pair of the top quarterbacks in the conference in Justin Herbert and Gardner Minshew II. Herbert is considered one of the top quarterback prospects in next year’s NFL Draft while Minshew II is thriving in Mike Leach’s system, averaging 403.7 yards per game.
Who takes ahold of the Pac-12 North on Saturday? Let’s find out.
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Date: Saturday, Oct. 20 | Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Martin Stadium — Pullman, Washington
TV: FOX | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Storylines

Oregon: Last week’s win against Washington sent a message: the Ducks are already back here in Year 1 of the Mario Cristobal era. Once the class of the league, Oregon has been looking up at Chris Petersen and David Shaw in recent years. After the heartbreaking loss to Stanford, the Ducks had to rally back against Washington to stay in the mix in the Pac-12 North, and after doing so now must follow that with one of the toughest environments for a ranked Pac-12 team. Look for Oregon to lean on its offensive line, a group honored this week as one of the best in the country by the Joe Moore Award, and a run game that’s starting to find its legs with freshman CJ Verdell (the first Ducks running back with 100 yards on the ground in his first three games since Byron Marshall in 2013). If the ground game gets going, they can control the tempo and avoid leaving the Ducks defense in a tough spot against Minshew.
Washington State: The Cougars have been right there with Washington, Stanford and Oregon in recent years, and this is shaping up to be the perfect opportunity to gain an edge in the Pac-12 North. Washington State has won 10 straight at home, and there’s every reason to believe Saturday afternoon at Martin Stadium will be one of the most electrifying places in the country at kickoff. So how does it happen on the field? Oregon has playmakers at all three levels on defense, so look for Minshew to end up relying on James Williams a lot. Williams has emerged as a great receiving threat out of the backfield and he’s got the ability to make guys miss, turning a check-down into an explosive play quickly.
Game prediction, picks
Mike Leach has owned this series recently, winning three straight against Oregon. When you factor in the body-blow theory coming off a physical overtime win against Washington, it’s tough not to side with that home field advantage and a Washington State team that beat both USC and Stanford at home last season. Pick: Washington State -0.5

NC State vs Clemson

NC State vs Clemson ::In a top-ranked battle of the Carolinas, the No. 16 N.C. State Wolfpack head south to face the No. 3 Clemson Tigers in a high-profile ACC showdown. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET with the game being televised on ESPN.This is a great NC State team. Clemson is going to show it really does have the talent to be a national championship-caliber team to all but close down the Atlantic.

Broadcast how to watch
NC State vs Clemson
Date: Saturday, October 20
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
Network: ESPN

Only eight undefeated teams remain in the FBS — and two of them face off Saturday in a game that could decide the ACC’s Atlantic Division. No. 3 Clemson will host a showdown against No. 16 North Carolina State in a battle for dominion over the Carolinas and a potential spot in the College Football Playoff.
The Tigers have been the circled date on every opponent’s calendar as they fight toward their fourth-straight appearance in college football’s final four. Clemson lost the 2016 National Championship Game, won the 2017 edition, and then fell short in last year’s Sugar Bowl to the eventual champion, Alabama.
Dabo Swinney’s team is on track for another appearance in the games that matter most, but the Tigers have taken a rocky road to get there. Clemson escaped a pair of upset bids against Texas A&M and Syracuse earlier in the season to throw their championship credentials into question. Now the team will face its toughest test of the season — no team left on the 2018 Tiger schedule is currently ranked — and the difference between a win and a loss Saturday could also be the difference between playing for a national title and just a New Year’s bowl.
Clemson hasn’t exactly overwhelmed in 2018 given their preseason expectations, but the Tigers are still the No. 2 team in this week’s S&P+ Rankings. The Wolfpack, despite a 6-0 start, are stuck back at No. 19. But Clemson is vulnerable, and may have only avoided last week’s wacky slate of upsets because it was their bye. The preseason predictor pegged this as a 21-point win for the home team — but let’s get weird and throw things back to 2011, when NC State beat No. 7 Clemson at home.
Saturday marks NC State’s biggest opportunity yet to change the perception surrounding its program.
Dave Doeren has slowly and meticulously constructed a contender at NC State. With each passing year his teams have become more talented. They’ve become deeper and they’ve become better, even if the record didn’t always reflect it. Now they are a top-25 program. NC State is undefeated and has won 16 of its last 20 games. Things are coming together.
Nobody cares though. Nobody cares because NC State still hasn’t given anyone a reason to. Should they care? Well, yes, because NC State is good. But at each key point on its line, it’s failed. With four separate opportunities in 2017 for a big win on a national stage, State only grabbed one of them, and it didn’t hold up for anything.

Alabama vs Tennessee

Alabama vs Tennessee ::No. 1 Alabama heads Knoxville looking to extend an 11-game win streak against SEC rival Tennessee on Saturday.
Alabama (7–0) is coming off of yet another dominant performance with a 39–10 win against Missouri last week. Heisman candidate Tua Tagovailoa went 12-of-22 for 265 yards and three touchdowns before leaving the game in the third quarter with a knee injury. Tagovailoa was a full participant in practice this week and expects to play on Saturday. The Crimson Tide defense, which was criticized for giving up 31 points to Arkansas two weeks ago, sacked Missouri quarterback Drew Lock three times in the win and intercepted him twice.
Tennessee (3–3) defeated Auburn 30-24 last week behind quarterback Jarrett Guarantano’s 328 yards and two touchdown passes. Senior defensive end Kyle Phillips had his best game of the season, racking up nine tackles and forcing a fumble in the outing. Cornerbacks Alontae Taylor and Bryce Thomspon recorded 12 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception together.

Alabama vs Tennessee How to watch  live
Date: Saturday, Oct. 20
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
TV channel: CBS

It looks like Butch Jones may get to smoke that cigar after all.
The former Tennessee coach will be wearing Crimson on the sidelines for No. 1-ranked Alabama and coach Nick Saban when the Volunteers and former Alabama defensive coach Jeremy Pruitt hosts the Tide.
All eyes will be on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after the sophomore re-aggravated a knee injury last week against Missouri.
Alabama’s last obstacle before a Western Division showdown with No. 5 LSU is a longtime Southeastern Conference rival it has treated as little more than a speed bump for over a decade.
Yet the top-ranked Crimson Tide say they’re taking nothing for granted heading into Saturday’s matchup at Neyland Stadium. They have too much understanding of this rivalry and too much respect for the familiar face who has taken over Tennessee’s program.
“To me, it’s a big game,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “It doesn’t matter what happened last year or 10 years ago. What’s going to happen this week is the most important thing and how our players look at that and respond to the challenges with a confident team now. They just had a big win.”
The game will be televised on CBS. You can live stream the game at CBS Video.
Alabama, which is seeking its sixth national title in the last 10 years, has next week off before visiting LSU on Nov. 3.
Tennessee (3-3, 1-2 SEC) is a coming off a 30-24 victory at Auburn that knocked the Tigers out of the Top 25. The road triumph marked Tennessee’s first signature win under new coach Jeremy Pruitt, who spent the last two seasons as Alabama’s defensive coordinator.
Alabama, a 28 1/2-point favorite, has beaten Tennessee each of the last 11 years by an average margin of 24.5 points. The only close calls during the streak came when Terrence Cody blocked a field goal as time expired to preserve a 12-10 triumph in 2009 and when Derrick Henry’s go-ahead touchdown with 2:24 left gave the Tide a 19-14 victory in 2015.
“We’ve got to do our part to create this rivalry again,” Pruitt said. “It’s not been much of a rivalry the last few years.”
Even though Alabama and Tennessee’s players were in elementary school the last time the Vols beat the Tide, both teams realize this annual matchup still means plenty to both fan bases.
“This is probably my favorite Tennessee rivalry,” Tennessee offensive tackle Trey Smith said. “When I was growing up, I was a big Alabama fan, there’s no hiding that. My room back home is crimson. I’ve watched them growing up all my life. I always told myself growing up I would be in this rivalry game, either wearing crimson or orange. I made my decision, wearing orange. This rivalry means a lot to me

Oklahoma vs TCU

Oklahoma vs TCU :: Oklahoma is fresh of their bye week and they surely needed it after the heartbreaking loss to Texas. Oklahoma has one of the best offenses in the country and they don’t shy away from what they do, averaging 315 yards through the air and are ranked 17th in the county in total offense. All of this comes on the arm and legs of Kyler Murray who leads the team in passing with 1,746 yards and rushing yards with 377.

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Date: Saturday, Oct 20
Start Time: 12 p.m. ET
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Stadium: Amon G. Carter Stadium
TV Info: ABC
Odds: – 9 Oklahoma

Is it possible Oklahoma will have more of a defense now?
The offense is unstoppable and devastating – it’s possible to win a national title with this thing. However, after the loss to Texas, and after the defensive front got manhandled, that was it for the Mike Stoops era as the defensive coordinator.
Like all new coaches, new DB Ruffin McNeill is talking about doing things differently, being more aggressive, and tougher, and better, and blah, blah, blah, but if the Sooner defense really does start doing more to come up with takeaways – it has just five so far – and it has figured out over the two weeks off to come up with a third down stop, look … out.

Prior to the start of the 2018 season, Oklahoma and TCU had their eyes on the Big 12 Championship Game. Come Saturday afternoon, there’s a chance only one of those teams will still have those aspirations. TCU has its back closer to the wall, having lost three of its last four games. However, Oklahoma has a sour taste in its mouth after coming all the way back against Texas in Week 6 only to lose, and it’s had an extra week to sit on that.
Oklahoma has won the last three games in this series, but two of those wins have come by single digits. TCU is a desperate team, and a desperate team is a dangerous team. Here’s what you need to know for Saturday’s matchup.
Oklahoma: The Sooners no longer sit atop the Big 12, but they still control their destiny in getting to the Big 12 Championship Game with games against Texas Tech and West Virginia still on the schedule. Oklahoma tends to play well after a loss and it’s had an extra week to rest up and prepare for this game. Though Oklahoma is no longer in the immediate playoff discussion, all it can do is keep taking care of its business. Who knows, maybe in six weeks time that narrative has changed.
TCU: The Horned Frogs could use a win here in the worst way. They’ve dropped three of their last four games and haven’t beat Oklahoma since 2014. With Baylor and Kansas State showing signs of improvement — both teams are on TCU’s schedule in November — the Frogs could easily get shuffled towards the bottom of the Big 12 standings in a hurry.
Oklahoma has no trouble against TCU as Murray has a big day to boost his Heisman candidacy as the Sooners not only win but win big and cover the nine-point spread with relative ease.
Oklahoma 42, TCU 14

Michigan vs Michigan State

Michigan vs Michigan State ::The Michigan Wolverines must keep winning if they hope to contend for the Big Ten East and the Michigan State Spartans need continue upsetting the teams in front of them to claim the division for themselves.
Jim Harbaugh and the No. 6 Michigan Wolverines have won six consecutive games since they struggled against Notre Dame to start the year. The Wolverines have fought their way to what is currently a two-way tie the top of the Big Ten East alongside the Ohio State Buckeyes. However, there’s a team within the same state as Michigan that is eyeballing a chance to move on up in the division.

How to watch Michigan vs Michigan State
Date: Saturday, Oct. 20
Start Time: 12 p.m. ET
Location: East Lansing, MI
Stadium: Spartan Stadium
TV Info: Fox
Odds: Michigan -7
Live Stream: fuboTV

The No. 24 Michigan State Spartans are fresh off of a road upset of the Penn State Nittany Lions. That win over Penn State effectively ended any hopes that the Nittany Lions may have had for winning the Big Ten East and instead put the Spartans in a place that they could theoretically claim the division. Michigan State is 2-1 in conference play, but that one loss was to Northwestern, who is in the Big Ten West. If Michigan State keeps winning in its division, it can keep moving up.

Jim Harbaugh knows just where the Spartans biggest strengths lie in 2018.
“Very good run defense (Michigan State), very stout up front, they’ve got some hard playing guys, linebackers that are some of the best in the league. Very sound system. Do a great job of adjusting. Tremendously well coached. Have a lot of variation to their scheme.

Shea Patterson and Karan Higdon will look to make sure that MSU doesn’t have a chance to topple the Wolverines on Saturday. Patterson hasn’t been as explosive or incredible as many hoped that he would be, but he’s been efficient and has managed games effectively this season. He’s still growing accustomed to Harbaugh’s offense but has done well so far, throwing for 1,311 yards and 10 touchdowns while only throwing three picks. Higdon has been able to gain yards alongside Patterson, rushing for 687 yards and six touchdowns.

MSU’s offense, on the other hand, has been explosive at times and in other instances completely blown up in the Spartans’ collective face. The Spartans have only been able to run for 123 yards per game this year, so the burden of the offense falls mostly on quarterback Brian Lewerke this year. Lewerke has responded by completing 60 percent of his passes for 1,587 yards and eight touchdowns, but he also has seven interceptions so far this year.
The Michigan Wolverines are a more complete team. There is certainly a chance that Harbaugh’s team will have a difficult time being as motivated for this game after the Wolverines won big against Wisconsin on a big stage. However, Michigan State is in the same sort of situation after their big win against Penn State and neither Michigan or MSU will overlook this rivalry game. It will probably be closer than many Michigan fans will prefer, but the Wolverines should return home with a solid win.

Air Force vs UNLV

Air Force vs UNLV :The Air Force Falcons let a big opportunity slip away last week against San Diego State, but it seems likely that the weirdness factor will get dialed down in the desert against UNLV.
Quite simply, the Rebels have not looked like themselves since losing quarterback Armani Rogers to injury. The powerful running game has failed to clear 3.5 yards per carry against New Mexico and Utah State while the defense allowed at least 50 points to both opponents. Whether the Falcons can take advantage of the disarray remains an open question, but they can thrust themselves back into contention for a bowl bid by winning their first road game in nearly a year.

Can Air Force get a much-needed win?
WEEK 8: Air Force vs.UNLV
WHEN: Friday, October 19 — 8:00 PM MT/7:00 PM PT
WHERE: Sam Boyd Stadium; Las Vegas, Nevada (36,800)
TV: CBS Sports Network
STREAM: Get a one-week trial of FuboTV.

With Max Gilliam under center, things haven’t improved for the Rebels when it comes to protecting the quarterback. Utah State racked up seven sacks last Saturday, pushing Gilliam’s sack rate to 14.3%. Even if Air Force’s own pass rush has been lackluster, there’s a chance to create some big plays, especially if the defense can win on early downs.
One thing to watch: On average, UNLV has averaged 8.9 yards to go on third down, 126th nationally, and their third-down Success Rate is 127th (29%). Air Force might consider bringing lots of pressure if they get even a mildly favorable third down, on what Bill Connelly refers to as Blitz Downs (1st-and-18 or more, 2nd-and-14 or more, 3rd-and-3 or more) and daring Gilliam to beat them since their own Success Rate in those situations, 22.6%, ranks in the top 25.
The junior fullback had one of his best performances of the year last Saturday against the tough Aztecs defense, and UNLV is certainly no SDSU up front. The Rebels defensive line ranks in the triple digits by Havoc Rate and just allowed 5.6 yards per carry to the duo of Gerold Bright and Darwin Thompson, suggesting another big game for Fagan could be in the works.
Air Force could win this game comfortably if the offensive line can get Fagan to the second level of the defense more often than they have in 2018. His individual Opportunity Rate (how often a line “does its job” and gets five yards) is only 34.5%, but both Bright and Thompson managed to crack 55% a week ago, so the chance is there.
Air Force’s front seven continued to play well despite the loss last Friday, racking up eight tackles for loss for the second week in a row. The front seven has been surprisingly stout in defending the run, as they currently rank 6th in defensive Opportunity Rate and 13th in Stuff Rate (percentage of plays stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage).
It comes down to getting more of the same against a UNLV run game that has faltered as of late, and this is particularly true of Lexington Thomas, who has seen his overall Opportunity Rate slip over the last three games. Stop him, as Utah State and New Mexico did, and everything follows from there.

Colorado State vs Boise State

Colorado State vs Boise State :;Week 8 of the 2018 college football season is drawing near and Friday will bring Mountain West action to a national television audience with Boise State vs. Colorado State. Both teams enter the week at 2-1 in conference play, but host Boise State is a 23.5-point favorite and the total is up to 62.5 from 58.5 in the latest Boise State vs. Colorado State odds. With such a lopsided spread and so much on the line in the Mountain division, you’ll want to hear what the SportsLine advanced computer model has to say before making your Boise State vs. Colorado State picks. It has nailed six of the past seven Boise State spread picks it has made.

WEEK 8: Colorado State vs Boise State
WHEN: Friday, October 19 — 7:00 PM MT/6:00 PM PT
WHERE: Albertsons Stadium; Boise Idaho (36,387)
TV: ESPN 2
STREAM: FuboTV – Get a seven-day free trial

After a poor start to the season, the Colorado State Rams have won two games in a row. Last week, CSU was able to come away with the victory over New Mexico, thanks to a strong defensive performance against one of the top scoring offenses in the country.
Boise State was able to rebound after a loss to San Diego State and beat the Nevada Wolf Pack in Reno. It was a back and forth game, before Boise State used a 17-play, eight and a half minute drive in the second half to pull away.

The Boise State Broncos are heavily favored over the Colorado State Rams heading into their game on Friday night. Be that as it may, the importance of the matchup from a divisional and conference standpoint cannot be overstated. Both teams are currently 2-1 in the Mountain West and looking up in the Mountain Division at Utah State, which is currently unbeaten in the conference.
The Broncos must remain focused and not overlook what appears to be an inferior opponent. One more conference hiccup would likely eliminate them from division title contention. Colorado State will come in with nothing to lose and a lot to gain, as an upset win would keep the Rams alive in what would then be a very winnable division
We can sit here all day and imagine how this game could end up being close. The bottom line is that it probably won’t be. Boise State has two losses to two pretty good football teams, and Colorado State is not a good football team. The Rams are likely going to struggle on defense against the weapons that Boise State employs on offense. Look for a “get right” game from Brett Rypien to propel the Broncos to a sound win.

Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers host the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night at the Moda Center.The Portland Trail Blazers will put two different winning streaks on the line when they open the 2018–19 NBA Season at home against the Los Angeles Lakers. First, Portland will look to add to their all-time NBA record 17 straight wins in home openers. Second, the Blazers hope to increase their 15-game winning streak against the Lakers.

hursday, October 18 – 7:30 p.m. PT
Blazers injuries: Maurice Harkless (probable)
Lakers injuries: Lonzo Ball (probable); Moritz Wagner (questionable)
How to watch on TV: TNT
How to stream: This site Online
Radio: 620 AM

ABOUT THE LAKERS
A national television audience will be glued to Thursday’s game to watch LeBron James’ debut with the Los Angeles Lakers. He signed with the storied franchise as a free agent over the summer, bringing a resume that includes four MVPs and three NBA Championships to a rebuilding team. … In addition to James, the Lakers also signed a hodgepodge of free agent veterans that include Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley. … Three players on the Lakers roster averaged more than 7.0 assists last season: James (9.1), Rondo (8.2) and Lonzo Ball (7.2). … Ball was the first Lakers rookie since Magic Johnson to record more than 7.0 assists per game. …Kyle Kuzma made 159 three-pointers last season, the most by a Lakers rookie and tied for fourth-most by a rookie in NBA history. Only Donovan Mitchell (186), Damian Lillard (185) and Stephen Curry (166) made more, while Rudy Fernandez (159) equaled the feat. … Los Angeles finished 11th in the Western Conference last season with a 35-47 recor
ABOUT THE BLAZERS
Portland has two notable streaks on the line when it opens the season Thursday night. The Blazers have won 17 consecutive home openers, the longest streak in NBA history, and have defeated the Lakers 15 times in a row, the third-longest streak against an opponent in franchise history. The Blazers have not lost to the Lakers since March 3, 2014. … All-Star point guard Damian Lillard averaged 35.5 points, 5.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds in three meetings against the Lakers last season and has played well against the Blazers’ rivals over his career. Lillard boasts a career scoring average of 26.6 points — his fourth-highest against any opponent — and has scored at least 20 points in each of his last 10 games against the Lakers. … The Blazers have a host of tributes planned to recognize owner Paul Allen, who died Monday of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, including the unveiling of a uniform patch that will feature his initials (PGA) and a rose. The team will wear the patch all season. … Terry Stotts enters his seventh season in Portland as the third-winningest coach in franchise history, needing just 19 victories to tie Rick Adelman for second place. Stotts, who has a 272-220 record in Portland, is the fourth-longest tenured head coach in the NBA. … Small forward Moe Harkless said Wednesday his knee had improved and he was planning as if he would play against the Lakers. He missed all five games of the Blazers’ exhibition schedule with left knee soreness.

Denver Broncos vs Arizona Cardinals

Denver Broncos vs Arizona Cardinals :::The “Thursday Night Football” world tour heads to the desert this week as the Denver Broncos (2-4) battle the Arizona Cardinals (1-5). These are two teams that desperately need a win to jump-start their seasons as both are on the brink of playoff elimination and securing a high pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
If the Broncos were at full strength along the offensive line, it would be easier to expect Denver to have a high-scoring offensive performance. However, with the health issues along the offensive front and the short week, this game has the feel of a low-scoring, ugly type of game. Case Keenum is the better quarterback and should be capable of doing just enough to minimize turnovers and not allow Arizona’s offense to get any short field opportunities. The growing pains for Rosen should continue against a quality Denver defense. The first team to 16-17 points should win this one. Look for Denver to ride a conservative offensive game plan to its third win of the 2018 season.

NFL Football Championship 2017
Competitor:Denver Broncos vs Arizona Cardinals Live
Location:University of Phoenix Stadium .
Date : Thursday, October 18,2018
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Status: Live FOX, NFLN TV

The Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals enter the short week in similar positions — with their respective seasons hanging by a fingernail, as well the job security for the two head coaches. At least there’s drama for a Broncos game, though the most intriguing aspect of Thursday’s game will come from who loses and the course of action that team chooses to take.
Vance Joseph and the Broncos were in a similar position a few weeks ago against Todd Bowles and the New York Jets. We all know what happened next. Will Joseph and his squad save another team and head coach? Given the success rate Denver has on the road, it’s a safe bet at this point. In 10 road games under Joseph, the Broncos are 1-9. Denver (2-4) can’t win on the road in a normal week, yet somehow Joseph and this team will do it on a short one against a bad Cardinals (1-5) team?
As Adam Malnati and I said on the latest MHR Radio Podcast, make no mistake, Arizona is bad. The Broncos should win this game, but, again, how many times have we said that the last two seasons only to come away angered and shocked by the outcome?

Denver fell behind 20-3 against the Los Angeles Rams but kept battling in the second half to give itself a shot to win, ultimately falling short 23-20. It was a combination of factors that led to the loss: First, the Broncos failed to slow down Todd Gurley, as he rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Second, there was a costly lack of discipline by wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, whose taunting penalty in the first quarter ended up costing the Broncos four points. Third, the offense was way too one-dimensional, as running back Royce Freeman was limited to just 22 yards on nine carries.
Arizona struggled at the line of scrimmage in a 27-17 loss at Minnesota. The Cardinals couldn’t run the ball on offense (just 61 yards on the ground). Meanwhile, the Vikings dominated the Arizona defense on the ground, as Latavius Murray rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Josh Rosen learned a harsh lesson about life on the road, as the Cardinals went 0-for-12 on third and fourth down. That inability to stay on the field won’t cut it, as it wears down your defense over four quarters. Head coach Steve Wilks and his offensive staff need to find answers quickly to jump-start the offense, possibly by using more of the no-huddle that Rosen ran at UCLA.

Broncos vs Cardinals

Broncos vs Cardinals ::Week 7’s edition of ‘Thursday Night Football’ features two of the top 10 picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, and we’ll actually get to see them both on the field at the same time.
There were some who thought the Denver Broncos might be interested in a quarterback near the top of the draft, but when pass-rusher Bradley Chubb fell into their laps, John Elway and company pulled the trigger and gave Von Miller a partner in crime. A few picks later, the Cardinals traded up for a quarterback, making Josh Rosen the fourth passer off the board after Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and Josh Allen.

NFL Football Championship 2017
Competitor:Broncos vs Cardinals Live
Location:University of Phoenix Stadium .
Date : Thursday, October 18,2018
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Status: Live FOX, NFLN TV

Rosen has shown some flashes of interesting talent this season, including the ability to fit the ball into tight passing windows. He looks like the kind of player who could lead Arizona for quite a while. The Broncos, meanwhile, seem likely to be searching for a new quarterback after this season, as free agent signing Case Keenum has not worked out quite as well as expected.
Of course, what happened in the first six weeks of the year may or may not have much bearing on what happens this Thursday (8:20 p.m., NFL Network, Fox, stream on FUBO). Will Rosen or Keenum lead their team to a victory?
The Broncos’ offense has been wildly inconsistent throughout this season, largely due to the up-and-down play of quarterback Case Keenum. Denver got arguably the worst quarterback play in the NFL in 2017, with Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, and Brock Osweiler combining to complete 59 percent of their passes at 6.5 yards per attempt while throwing 19 touchdowns against 22 interceptions. After Keenum’s fantastic season in Minnesota, the Broncos targeting him early in free agency and gave him a sizable deal, assuming that he’d be an obvious upgrade over the departed trio. Six games into the year, it’s not entirely clear that’s the (I’m really sorry about this) case.
Prior to last season, Keenum had shown himself to be, at best, a below-average starter. Most of the time, he looked more like a vaguely capable backup. But in pairing with Pat Shurmur, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, and Kyle Rudolph, he shined for much of the 2017 campaign. His play in 2018 has made him look much more like the player he was prior to last year.
When the Cardinals have the ball
Only one team in the NFL has scored fewer points than the Cardinals this season, and that team has been quarterbacked by Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen, so it doesn’t really count. Arizona struggled early on with Sam Bradford under center and has since made the switch over to rookie Josh Rosen. Even with Rosen under center, the Cardinals have failed to crack even 300 total yards in a single game, making them one of just two teams that has yet to pass that barrier.
Arizona’s problems have been many, but the lack of creativity in the way the team has used star running back David Johnson really sticks out as a source of their extreme inability to move the ball with any level of consistency. Johnson is one of the most versatile players in the NFL as a 6-foot-1, 224-pound running back who has the route-running and catching ability of a wide receiver, but the Cardinals have largely been content to run him up the middle and throw him simple swing and circle routes rather than moving him around the formation and getting him into open space.