It wasn’t too long ago that the Denver Broncos

It wasn’t too long ago that the Denver Broncos

Postautor: chenyan94 » 30 lip 2019, o 08:24

and the Arizona Cardinals were battling it out in the final game of this year’s preseason Dalton Risner Jersey , with the Broncos securing a 21-10 victory in late August. Fan bases of both franchises appeared to be relatively optimistic about their teams entering the regular season, but a lot has changed in two months and sometimes change isn’t for the better. Tomorrow evening on Thursday Night Football, the two struggling franchises will both be looking for victories in order to salvage their remainder of their respective seasons.Under the guidance of first-year head coach Steve Wilks, the Cardinals are off to an even worse start than the Broncos sporting a 1-5 record. Each team is desperate for a win, so it will be interesting to see who prevails. Von Miller has stated he is confident that the Broncos are going to kick the Cardinals’ asses, but we will just have to wait and see if that actually happens. Historically, the Broncos and Cardinals haven’t met often in the regular season (only 10 times since 1973) with the last time being in 2014. Overall, Denver holds a significant advantage in head-to-head competition with 8 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie. A quick glance at the Cardinals’ offenseIn the offseason the Cardinals signed free agent quarterback Sam Bradford to a one-year deal worth $20 million dollars. Bradford’s heist of reaping mega-millions despite never showcasing what made him a top pick out of the University of Oklahoma years ago continued. With that contract, he was was unquestionably expected to start, but it also signified he would only be a stop-gap for their franchise who like the Broncos, were in pursuit of a long-term solution at quarterback. Their search for the future didn’t take too long. In April, the Cardinals found their future signal caller in UCLA’s Josh Rosen who fell to the tenth pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, which prompted Arizona to move up five spots in order to secure him. Though Rosen wasn’t too happy to be the fourth quarterback taken in the draft behind Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen and was quite vocal with his criticism of the other franchises who took a pass on him, the Cardinals and their fans were elated he endured a draft day slide.After losing their first three games and only scoring 20 points offensively, the Cardinals decided to end the short-lived Bradford era and opted to start Rosen in the fourth week of season against the Seattle Seahawks. In that time frame the Cardinals have only beaten one team (San Francisco 49ers), but have been much more competitive with Rosen at the helm. In three games as a starter, Rosen has completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 626 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions — good enough for a 75.5 QBR. He has also taken 7 sacks in those three starts.Rookie receiver Christian Kirk has been a favorite target of Rosen’s and has reeled in 13 receptions for 190 yards since he has taken over. Long-time veteran and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald is the Cardinals’ second-ranked receiver from a production standpoint with 22 catches for 215 yards on the season. The Cardinals haven’t had a reliable third wide out, but have gotten quality production from tight end Ricky Seals-Jones who has 15 catches for 192 yards and a touchdown this season. Though he has scored five touchdowns in six games, the Cardinals would like to see better production from David Johnson, who has only 297 yards on 92 carries and is sporting a low 3.2 yard per carry average. But with the Broncos giving up 200 yard rushers the past two games, the team will likely look to establish the run in order to help out their rookie quarterback.Overall, the Cardinals have the worst offense in the NFL, averaging only 13.7 points a game Tramaine Brock Jersey , 220.5 yards (156.5 yards passing, 64 yards rushing) per contest. Broncos fans shouldn’t be surprised with that — considering Mike McCoy is the one who is calling their plays offensively — but who knows, maybe McCoy will do his best in a “revenge” game against Denver.A quick glance at the Cardinals’ defenseWhile the Cardinals’ offense is lackluster, its defense is somewhat respectable. Headlined by Chandler Jones, Patrick Peterson and Budda Baker, the defense is ranked 13th in the league in points given up per game and 24th in yardage allowed. Their passing defense is 12th best giving up just 243 yards per game. One of the reasons why they are successful against the pass is because of their pass rush. Their defense has the second most sacks in the National Football League with 18. Additionally, they have racked up 5 interceptions, as well as forced 9 fumbles and have scored two defensive touchdowns. On the flip side, their rushing defense is one of the league’s worst and their biggest weakness on that side of the ball. They are allowing over 151 yards per contest and have also given up 10 touchdowns on the season. Opposing running backs are averaging 4.4 yards per carry. So if the Broncos want to have success against Arizona the formula should be quite simple — run the ball.Two Keys to the GameThe Broncos need to run the ball and stop the runThis is quite obvious, but as mentioned above, the Cardinals run defense is horrendous. If the Broncos’ coaching staff hasn’t figured that out and developed an offensive game plan that features a heavy dose of Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay — I would be absolutely flabbergasted. Moreover, the Cardinals have struggled to get David Johnson going, but Denver’s defense has been atrocious against the run the past few weeks, though they are apparently working on that. If the Broncos can keep Johnson at the pace he has been at and limit his overall impact, it will force the game into Rosen’s hands. Though I was very high on him in this past draft, I’m not so sure the rookie is ready to devour the Broncos’ secondary quite yet.Keep the pass rush going and rattle RosenEven though the Broncos lost to the Los Angeles Rams, one of the bright spots was their pass rush which racked up a lot of sacks against Jared Goff. If Bradley Chubb, Von Miller and company can continue their efforts from last week that should benefit the Broncos greatly. The Cardinals have allowed 13 sacks on the season and have a relatively average offensive line, so I expect them to be able to extend last week’s performance on the road against Arizona.Hart’s PredictionAfter a brutal four-game losing streak, the Broncos’ season is on the verge of total collapse. While it’s unlikely that a win against the Cardinals will spark a multi-game winning streak that would change the overall course of the season, notching a win would help bring some confidence to the coaching staff and players. I’m predicting big games for Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay. I believe they will provide the necessary offensive spark to help the Broncos get out of their recent slump and the Broncos’ defense will be out on the prowl and rebound from their last two woeful performances.Broncos 30, Cardinals 17. KANSAS CITY (9-6) at DENVER (5-10) Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE – Broncos by 4 SERIES RECORD – Chiefs lead 60-55 LAST MEETING – Chiefs beat Broncos 39-19, Oct. 30 AP PRO32 RANKING – Chiefs No. 9, Broncos No. 26 CHIEFS OFFENSE – OVERALL (5) Jeff Heuerman Jersey , RUSH (9), PASS (7). CHIEFS DEFENSE – OVERALL (28), RUSH (23), PASS (27). BRONCOS OFFENSE – OVERALL (19), RUSH (13), PASS (21). BRONCOS DEFENSE – OVERALL (2), RUSH (3), PASS (4). STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Chiefs aim for first five-game winning streak in series since winning six straight over Denver from 1970-73. Before current four-game losing streak to Chiefs, Broncos had won seven straight against Kansas City. … Broncos missing playoffs for second straight season since winning Super Bowl 50. … Chiefs AFC West winners for second consecutive season. … QB Alex Smith leads NFL with 104.7 rating but rookie Patrick Mahomes gets start Sunday as Chiefs get look at 2017 first-round pick. … Rookie Kareem Hunt ranks second in league with 1,292 rushing yards. … WR Tyreek Hill (1,183) can become first Chief since Tony Gonzalez in 2004 with 1,200 receiving yards. … TE Travis Kelce has 394 receiving yards and two TDs in last three games vs. Denver. … In last five games against Broncos, LB Justin Houston has 10 sacks and 13 tackles for loss. … CB Marcus Peters had 45-yard fumble return for TD and interception in last meeting. … QB Paxton Lynch makes his second start of season. He threw for 41 yards against Oakland on Nov. 26, then spent fourth quarter sobbing on sideline over sprained left ankle. … RB C.J. Anderson 54 yards shy of becoming first Broncos RB since Knowshon Moreno in 2013 to top 1,000 yards rushing. Anderson has 291 scrimmage yards in last two games. … WR Demaryius Thomas needs 108 yards for sixth consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season. Since 2012, Thomas ranks second in NFL with 569 catches, third with 7,762 yards, and fourth with 50 TD receptions. … WR Bennie Fowler III had 76-yard TD catch in last home game vs. Kansas City. … OLB Von Miller has 11 tackles for loss and eight sacks in last seven games vs. Chiefs. Miller’s 83+ career sacks are most in NFL since he entered league in 2011. His six seasons with double-digit sacks are most in franchise history. … ILB Brandon Marshall leads team with 101 tackles and CB Bradley Roby leads team with 17 pass breakups. … Fantasy Tip: Expect Broncos to try to get Anderson over 1,000 yards, but it’ll be difficult for Thomas to reach 1,000 yards with Lynch under center and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave dialing down playbook for 2016 first-round pick making his fourth career start. —
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