The Denver Broncos started the season on the right foot with wins over the Seahawks and Raiders. It even looked like the team was right to acquire Case Keenum since he led come-from-behind efforts in both. But since Week Two, the offence has been inconsistent as has Keenum’s play and the team has dropped four in a row.
But, to be fair, it isn’t all Keenum’s fault. The defence couldn’t stop the Jets from running the ball a couple of weeks ago. For some reason, the offence refuses to commit to establishing the run game.
As for the Cardinals, they suffered two ugly losses with Sam Bradford at the helm (and a close one). So, they thought a change at QB was what they needed. In came Josh Rosen but the results have been the same. Seattle needed a last-second field goal. They beat the 49ers (thanks to five San Francisco turnovers) and made the Vikings work for a win last week.
Better was expected of the Broncos this season while the Cardinals were supposed to lose, but by more than they have. Arizona has one of the worst offences in the league but a middle of the road defence. But the Cardinals defence is allowing fewer points (23.2) than the Broncos (25.7).
So—who’s going to win?
If Keenum can continue where he left off and start completing passes early in the game, Denver should be in good shape. Take the Broncos (-137) to win over the Cardinals (+117) and cover the spread (2.5). As for the over/under—go with the under (40.5).