Thursday Night Football Week 7 NFL Picks – Broncos Vs. Cardinals Prediction
Two crappy teams will open the NFL Week 7 on Thursday Night. I’m a football junkie, so I’ll take it. The best way to make it interesting is to put some money on it as the Denver Broncos visit the Arizona Cardinals at the State Farm Stadium, in Glendale, Arizona at 8:20 PM Eastern Time. Between both teams, they have a combined record of 3-9. The game opened as a pick’em at Sportsbetting.ag but now the Broncos are a 1-point road favorite.
At some point, the line was up to 2.5 in favor of Denver, but it went back down. I can see the odd settling with the Broncos as 1.5-point favorites by the time of the kickoff. The game total is currently at 41.5 points in spite of opening at 40 points. Odds below are from SportsBetting.ag. Deposit today for a 50% Welcome Bonus up to $1,000 on your first deposit.
Denver Broncos Vs. Arizona Cardinals Predictions
Spread: Broncos -1
Money line: Denver (-120) vs. Arizona (+100)
Game Total: 41.5
Date: Thursday, October 18th, 2018
Game Time: 8:20 PM ET
Gillette State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
TV: Gillette Stadium
What’s the latest Broncos betting form to face the Cardinals?
“At some point in time, we have to play better football,” said the Broncos General Manager, John Elway, this week. And yeah, we are all waiting, John. The Broncos have dropped four in a row after starting the season with wins over the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders. Then, the hard part of the schedule came with losses against the Baltimore Ravens, the Kansas City Chiefs, the New York Jets, and the Los Angeles Rams. I don’t think anybody had them beating the Chiefs or the Rams, but their effort against the New York Jets was lousy. The Broncos have struggled on both sides of the ball, but which side is having a tougher time?
The defense gave up a whopping 323 rushing yards in the loss to the Jets two weeks ago. It is a hard punch in the mouth that commands to revoke a few man-cards out of that locker room. It didn’t look any better last week when the Rams recorded 270 rushing yards on them. Tailback Todd Gurley alone had 208 rushing yards. Once one of the best defenses in the NFL, the Broncos now have given up 593 rushing yards in the last two outings. Their 20-23 loss to the Rams allowed them to cover the spread as 7-point home dogs. A late TD helped them to cover the spread for the first time this season.
On offense, the story is the same. Denver averages 20.0 points per game (26th) and hasn’t scored 30 points all season. They now have 20 straight games without reaching at least 30 points on offense. We knew QB Case Keenum wasn’t the answer. We knew it as soon as John Elway butchered his name in the introductory press conference in the offseason. Keenum has thrown for seven touchdowns and eight interceptions this year. He’s now fighting for his job in Denver. The good news for him and the Broncos is they face a Cardinals defense that’s 25th in total defense this season. The oddsmakers are not asking Denver to do anything crazy to cash in. Just win by two-points and cover the spread.
What’s the latest Cardinals betting form to face the Broncos?
Just like Denver, the Cardinals have plenty of issues on both sides of the ball. Arizona is 1-5 this season, but three of those losses were playing at home. They are 0-3 this year playing at the State Farm Stadium. Their last week’s game ended in a push after losing 27-17 to the Minnesota Vikings, listed as 10-point underdogs. This season, they have covered the spread against the Chicago Bears, the Seattle Seahawks, and the San Francisco 49ers. But those games had large point spreads against them. There was value on taking the points. As a 1-point home underdog, there isn’t much room to play with.
Arizona’s offense is the worst in the NFL and is not even close. They are the 2nd worst team in the league in passing yards and points scored. They are dead last in rushing yards. They average 13.7 points per game this season; although since rookie QB Josh Rosen took over as a starter they have averaged 20.6 points per game. If they want a shot of winning their second game of the season, the ball should be in the hands of RB David Johnson early and often. Johnson is averaging only 3.2 rushing yards per game, but he’s about to face a Broncos defense with very little confidence. Two years ago David Johnson was in the conversation for best running back in NFL. He hasn’t shown us that level this season but facing Denver can be a significant boost for his confidence.
Running the football will only give rookie QB Josh Rosen more time and better reads when the offense decides to pass the ball. Rosen completed 21 of his 31 passes against Minnesota last week for 240 yards. Yet, once again he failed to lead his team into the end zone. He has two scores and two interceptions in three games this season. That’s how uncreative this offense has been in 2018.
The play For the TNF Game between Broncos Vs. Cardinals?
History says the Broncos have dominated this series in the last few meetings. Denver has won 5 of their previous 6 meetings against Arizona. Of course, because these two teams are in opposite conferences, they only face each other once every four years. It still is a significant stat on the Broncos’ side. I trust Denver’s offense has more weapons to move the ball around with consistency. Cardinals offense is well behind the learning curve. Their playmakers David Johnson and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald are suffering the consequences of an idle play calling. Take Denver to win on the road. The betting odds are not asking for a miracle here. Bet Broncos -1.