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Kickoff: Thu. Oct 18th @ 8:20 pm EST

Consensus Picks

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Displays which side the public is betting
DEN
30%
Picks
70%
ARI
-2
58%
ATS
42%
+2
U
85%
43.0
15%
O

SBD Predicted Score

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A statistically-based calculation predicting how many points each team will score
22.0 - 10.9

Current Broncos vs Cardinals Odds

Odds History
Moneyline Spread Total
-130 1.77 10/13 0.57 -2 -105 1.95 20/21 0.51 O 43.0 -105 1.95 20/21 0.51
+110 2.10 11/10 0.48 +2 -115 1.87 20/23 0.53 U 43.0 -115 1.87 20/23 0.53
Moneyline Spread Total
-113 1.88 100/113 0.53 -1 -105 1.95 20/21 0.51 O 42 -115 1.87 20/23 0.53
-107 1.93 100/107 0.52 +1 -115 1.87 20/23 0.53 U 42 -105 1.95 20/21 0.51
Moneyline Spread Total
-113 1.88 100/113 0.53 -1 -105 1.95 20/21 0.51 O 42 -115 1.87 20/23 0.53
-107 1.93 100/107 0.52 +1 -115 1.87 20/23 0.53 U 42 -105 1.95 20/21 0.51
Moneyline Spread Total
-130 1.77 10/13 0.57 -1.5 -120 1.83 5/6 0.55 O 42.5 -105 1.95 20/21 0.51
+110 2.10 11/10 0.48 +1.5 +100 2.00 1/1 0.50 U 42.5 -115 1.87 20/23 0.53

Matchup Overview

Online sports betting sites are saying this one is going to come down to the wire, as the Denver Broncos opened as slight 2-point favorites over the Arizona Cardinals in their Week 7 Thursday Night Football matchup at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 8:20pm EST on October 18th.

Denver Broncos

Denver’s offense goes as far as their running game will take them. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been too far, as they only score 20 points per game. Without their success on the ground, though, it would be even less.

Led by Phillip Lindsay, the Broncos produce 124.2 rushing yards per game.

The Broncos have been forced to rely on Lindsay and Royce Freeman this season, as Case Keenum has not been good. The pivot has only mustered 1,687 yards through the air (14th) and 8 touchdowns with 8 interceptions, resulting in an 80.5 passer rating.

Meanwhile, Lindsay has rushed for 346 yards (21st) and one touchdowns this season. Freeman has added 272 yards on the ground, as well.

But the Broncos will have to get back to feeding Lindsay and Freeman after they only managed 40 combined rushing yards on an insufficient 13 carries. Getting these two rolling early will be pivotal in Week 7.

Not only does Denver struggle to score points this season, but they can’t keep their opponent out of the endzone, either. The Broncos allow 25.7 points per game, which ranks 22nd in the NFL.

And what’s most concerning is the 593 rushing yards they have allowed in the last two games. There are 14 teams in the NFL who have not allowed that many yards on the ground all season.

The only real bright spot from their defense over the last two weeks was Bradley Chubb finally showcasing his pass-rushing ability, recording three sacks against the Rams in Week 6.

Broncos vs Cardinals Statistical Comparison

Broncos
VS
Cardinals

20 (26th) PPG 13.7 (31st)
387.7 (12th) YPG 220.5 (32nd)
124.2 (10th) Rushing YPG 64 (32nd)
263.5 (16th) Passing YPG 156.5 (31st)
25.7 (22nd) PPG Allowed 23.2 (14th)
403.8 (27th) YPG Allowed 394.3 (24th)
161.3 (32nd) Rushing YPG Allowed 151.2 (31st)
242.5 (11th) Passing YPG Allowed 243.2 (12th)
-2 (T23rd) Turnover Differential +1 (T13th)

Arizona Cardinals

Fortunately, Denver’s defense avoids any sort of offensive juggernaut this week, when they meet the Cardinals. Arizona is scoring just 13.7 PPG, which is the second-fewest in the league.

When you can’t move the chains, finding your way into the end zone is quite the task. Josh Rosen and company are learning this lesson in 2018. They rank 31st in passing, only tossing for 156.5 yards per game, and 32nd in rushing, managing just 64 yards per game on the ground.

Rosen cannot be to blame here. The rookie wasn’t supposed to start this season, as Sam Bradford was expected to occupy the job while Rosen learned from the sideline. But Bradford’s 62.5 passer rating through the first three weeks forced the Cardinals to alter that plan.

Rosen has 626 passing yards with a 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, good for a 75.5 passer rating.

Rosen would love a little help from his running game. But David Johnson has totaled just 297 rushing yards this year, averaging a pitiful 3.2 yards per carry.

Facing the league’s worst rush defense could be just what Arizona needs to get their innefective running game on track, though.

Defensively, the Cardinals are a pretty mediocre group. They allow 23.2 points per game, which ranks 14th in the league.

They’ve been awful against the run, surrendering an embarrassing 151.2 yards per game on the ground (the most in the league). Defending the pass has been much easier, though. Arizona is surrendering just 243.2 yards per game through the air (12th).

They should be expecting to see a lot of Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman in Week 7.