Arizona Cardinals (3-0) @ Denver Broncos (2-1)
Sports Authority Field
Sunday 4.05 E.T / 21.05 UK
Current Odds (subject to change) – Arizona +7
Series History: Denver 7 wins / Arizona: 1 Win
Both teams are coming of a bye week, Denver had previously lost in overtime in Seattle whilst the Cardinals beat division rivals San Francisco at home and remain one of two unbeaten teams left in the league.
The Cardinals will again be without starting quarterback Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton will again get the start. Stanton was impressive in the victory against the 49ers but has been very up and down in his performances in the past.
Perhaps somewhat surprisingly the offensive output of both teams so far is very similar, Arizona is averaging 335 yards per game only slightly less than the Broncos (339), who admittedly have played one game in Seattle against the Legion of Boom.
Arizona who currently sit atop of the NFC West at 3-0 have only played one road game so far, a 25-14 victory against the Giants. Denver are 2-0 at home.
The Cardinals offense has yet to score more than 25 points in a game and as good as their defense is you feel that they will have to at least hit the 30 mark to have a chance of a victory in Denver where the Broncos can rack up the points.
Denver tight end Julius Thomas leads the team with 5 touchdown receptions and creates a match up problem for any defense but with Arizona playing a 3-4 he could find himself matched up against a linebacker, a match up which the Broncos will take all day.
If the Cardinals put corner Patrick Peterson on Demaryius Thomas, then this could create openings for Emannuel Sanders who leads the team with 334 receiving yards.
As for the Cardinals they really need to establish more of a ground game on the road to keep Peyton Manning on the side lines and their defense fresh especially in that high altitude air.
Expect Larry Fitzgerald to be more involved than in previous weeks despite his fumble late on against the 49ers that could have proved costly.
If they Cardinals win this one then they should be considered as genuine contenders in the NFC if they aren’t already.