Denver Broncos vs Arizona Cardinals (Lock Pick of the Week)
This week the Denver Broncos (3-9) take on the equally stagnant Arizona Cardinals (3-9) in Phoenix. Denver has dominated the past four matchups between the two teams, winning all four games by scores of 37-20, 37-7, 38-17, and 38-6.
The Broncos are coming off a tough loss to the Chiefs in a game which saw the Broncos offense struggle to put up points, only tallying 6 points on two Field Goals. Denver’s lone bright spot was Knowshon Moreno rushing for 161 yards on 23 carries. Arizona also struggled in a home loss to the Rams. Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson proved too much for Arizona’s defense who allowed 17 points, in a 17-6 loss.
On paper, this match up looks like two below average teams facing off in a game that means nothing. But Tuesday’s newspaper shows Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels was fired Monday. Interim Coach Eric Studesville, will look to make a good impression in his debut as Head Coach. In previous games coached by Interim Coaches this season, we’ve seen Jason Garrett lead a previously hapless Cowboys team to a win, defeating their rival Giants in New York. Leslie Frazier’s debut saw the Vikings take a big victory over the Redskins in a tough road game at Washington.
When looking at the rosters, this should be a one sided affair. Kyle Orton and Brandon Lloyd should have no problem carving up a depleted Arizona Secondary, and Knowshon Moreno will look to continue his impressive late season surge. It is unknown who will start at quarterback for the Cardinals, as Derek Anderson awaits results of his concussion test and Max Hall is expected to be placed on Injured Reserve with a dislocated shoulder. If both are out, the Cardinals may be forced to start Rookie John Skelton.
The line is currently setting at Denver -3.5, so get it on it before the number goes up. Even if you miss the boat and have to go -4 or -5, this is still a good bet, as Denver should win this one handily, by 10 or more points.