Arizona Cardinals vs Denver Broncos NFL Week 5 Expert PickAndrew Price
The undefeated Arizona Cardinals (3-0) will look to stay out of the loss column in NFL week 5 betting when visiting the Denver Broncos (2-1), this Sunday at 4:05 PM ET at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Both teams are coming off of bye weeks giving both squads almost a full two weeks of prep time.
The most impressive thing about Arizona is they have played their last two games without their starting QB Carson Palmer, who suffered a shoulder injury in the opening week against the San Diego Chargers. Palmer is not set to return this week, and backup QB Drew Stanton will take on the field for the third week in a row.
Stanton hasn’t been great as he has only completed 51% of his passes, but he’s yet to turn the ball over this season, and that’s always a good asset for a quarterback.
Denver’s defense is second last against the pass, allowing 285.3 yards per game, but they will get back LB Danny Trevathan, who missed the first three games of the season after he broke his leg during practice Aug. 12.
The Broncos defense has improved a lot from last year to this, and their pass rush is set to be one of the best in the league; so far, they have recorded eight sacks in three games in the season, but they need to force more takeaways as they have only three in the year.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 4, 2014
On offense, QB Peyton Manning will face the second best defense in the NFL in points allowed as the Arizona defensive unit allows only 15 points per game, behind the 11.0 from Cincinnati.
Manning has thrown 814 yards, 8 TDs and 1 INTs in the season, but he looked flat in the majority of the game against the Seattle Seahawks two weeks ago. Manning has only faced the Arizona Cardinals twice on his career, and he won both games, throwing 4 TDs and 1 INT while posting a 126.4 passer rating.
Peyton is one touchdown pass away from becoming the second player to reach 500 all-time. He’s 18-2 at home with the Broncos, and the only two teams that have beaten him at Sports Authority Field at Mile High were the Houston Texans in 2012 and the San Diego Chargers last season.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 5, 2014
The NFL Betting odds rated the Broncos as eight-point favorites for this game, and the game total is currently listed at 48.5 points.
The Broncos are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall, but I worry if the Cardinals will be able to answer back on the offensive side of the ball to keep this one close.