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.