The Denver Broncos will close out their impressive preseason on Thursday at Mile High. The NFL oddsmakers have listed the limping Arizona Cardinals as 6-point underdogs. The game kicks off at 9:00 PM ET.
Analyzing The Arizona Cardinals Vs Denver Broncos Preseason Week 4 Betting Odds, My Final Score Prediction & How To Watch
Arizona Cardinals vs Denver Broncos
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Location: Denver, CO
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Odds: Broncos -6
Game Total: 38.5
Radio: Arizona vs Denver
Can You bet On Arizona To Cover The 3.5-point Spread Against The Broncos?
Protection issues plague the Cardinals’ offense.
Quarterback Carson Palmer isn’t going to play after getting sacked 3 times versus Oakland in Arizona’s Week 3 NFL Pre-season matchup. Palmer could have gotten hurt, which would have effectively ended Arizona’s season. Without Palmer, the Desert Birds would be done for.
— NFL (@NFL) September 1, 2015
But, just because Palmer won’t play in Week 4, it doesn’t mean that Arizona shouldn’t protect the back-up QBs, Logan Thomas and Drew Stanton and Phil Simms. Arizona needs to protect whoever is playing quarterback if they hope to cover the spread versus the very good Denver Broncos. Denver is going to put up points in this matchup because the offense is in good hands with back-up QB Brock Osweiler.
The Cardinals will need to counter Denver’s offensive production by scoring touchdowns of their own. Versus Oakland the Cards didn’t have a single running back that averaged more than 3 yards per carry. That’s not going to do it against Denver’s very good defense. The Cardinals will have to pass the ball in order to put up points versus the Broncos. That means that Arizona will have to protect their QB.
Can You bet On Denver To Cover The 3.5-point Spread Against The Cardinals?
Rumors of Peyton’s demise are highly exaggerated.
Denver has gone undefeated in the pre-season. Most of their success has been due to their terrific defense. Coach Gary Kubiak figures to rest most of his starters in this matchup, meaning that the defense may not be as good at getting to Arizona’s quarterbacks as it was getting to San Francisco’s QBs.
No worries. QB Brock Osweiler has made the pre-season his personal audition for a starting gig in the NFL. It’s doubtful that Denver will ever trade Osweiler, especially with Peyton Manning so close to retirement, but he’s still been playing as if he’s already running the team. Versus San Francisco, Osweiller completed 15 of 20 passes for 104 yards. Against Houston in Week 2, Osweiller did throw a pick, but that was against Houston’s defense. Versus Seattle in Week 1, Osweiller provided an excellent performance when going 15 out of 20 for 151 yards and a TD. He didn’t throw a pick.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 1, 2015
If Osweiller has good timing with Denver’s wide receivers in this game, the Broncos should easily cover the spread. Arizona’s pass defense isn’t very good outside of cornerback Patrick Peterson, who may or may not be at 100% based on his performance versus the Raiders.
If you bet this game, pick the Broncos to win. My final score prediction is Denver 31, Arizona 10.
How To Watch The Cardinals Vs Broncos NFL Preseason Week 4 Game:
| Dave Pasch, Ron Wolfley
KNXV (ABC/15 – Phoenix)
KWBA (CW/58 – Tucson)
KVVU (FOX/5 – Las Vegas)
|9:00 ET|| Ron Zappolo, John Lynch
KTVD (My/20 – Denver)
KKTV (CBS/11 – Colorado Springs)
KKCO (NBC/11 – Grand Junction CO)
KMYU (My/12 – Salt Lake City)
KTNV (ABC/13 – Las Vegas)
KWBQ (CW/19 – Albuquerque)
KLWY (FOX/27 – Cheyenne WY)
KTWO (ABC/2 – Casper WY)
KOTA (ABC/3 – Rapid City SD)
KNOP (NBC/2 – North Platte NE)
KFVE (My/9 – Honolulu)