The Arizona Cardinals are a surprise (3-0) sitting atop of the powerhouse NFC west. Even with all the injuries they’ve sustained, they’re still finding ways to plug guys in and win. They’ll face there toughest challenge this week at Mile High when they take on the Broncos.
The Denver Broncos (2-1) certainly didn’t circle this match-up before the season, however, it’s a game that is certainly being overlooked. The Broncos have struggled against top defenses and the Cardinals could be possibly be there toughest challenge. If the Broncos aren’t careful, Arizona could sneak out of Denver with a victory.
Broncos Vs Cardinals Week 5 Odds
Here are the odds from Betonline.ag
Cardinals +7 (-110)
Broncos -7 (-110)
Broncos: Denver has yet to get their running game going this season. Coming off a bye week, expect the Broncos to attack on the ground early in this game. Arizona has a strong run defense up front and it’ll be interesting to see how Denver tries to attack Tommy Kelly and the rest of the defensive front. At this point, Wes Welker will be at full speed and should have a big week. With more weapons at his disposal, Peyton Manning will have to distribute the ball and spread out the Arizona defense. So far, Arizona has done a solid job slowing down several of the NFL best teams. If Denver wants to avoid a let down they’ll need to control time of possession. One way they can do this is by spreading out the defense and running draw plays. If Arizona is in their nickel package and not in their base defense, the Broncos should have an easier time attacking up the middle.
Cardinals: Arizona is coming into this game as heavy underdogs despite beating San Diego and division rival San Francisco. Both of these teams are legit in the early stages of the season, but the national media is sleeping on Arizona. This could be partly due to Carson Palmer’s absence. Palmer is seeing another specialist about his elbow and it’s uncertain when he’ll return to the field. He’s always been a solid quarterback, however, health the last few years has hurt his stock. Without Carson Palmer the Cardinals are not a serious long-term threat. Despite winning the last two games with a backup at quarterback, the Cardinals are a sneaky pick to pull off the upset. If the Cardinals can play keep away from Peyton Manning it could be a Mile High upset.
The Broncos are coming off the by weeks and will be at full strength. Manning has already been tested by a strong Seattle defense and should not be surprised by anything that the Cardinals throw at them. The Cardinals, however, are playing with house money. No one expects them to go into Denver and beat Manning on his home field. Time of possession will be crucial in this match up. Earlier this season, the San Diego Chargers were able to beat the Seahawks by controlling the ball for 40 minutes and keeping the Seattle offense on the sideline. The Cardinals need to copy this plan of attack by running the ball and keeping Peyton off the field. If the Cardinals can force Manning and the Denver offense to turn the ball over then the Cardinals will have a real shot at an upset. The Cardinals have played every opponent close, so don’t expect Denver to cover the spread. Expect a one point victory in favor of the home team.
Denver 28. Arizona 27
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