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.