Cardinals vs. Broncos Spread Prediction
The Arizona Cardinals are just 1-5 on the season and are a home underdog Thursday night against the Denver Broncos. Will Josh Rosen and Co. pull off the small upset?
8:20 p.m. ET, Thursday, October 18
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Broncos are 1.5-point favorites to beat the Cardinals. The total, meanwhile, sits at 41.5 points. As of this writing, 65% of the public betting tickets are on the Cardinals to cover the point spread.
Broncos LG Ronald Leary suffered a torn Achilles' in the Week 6 loss to the Rams. He's obviously done for the season. Leary was replaced in the lineup by Max Garcia, who will now hold the gig the rest of the way. 29-year-old Leary has two more years left on his deal at $8.15 million annually. He could be a candidate to be cut next offseason. The Broncos are a total mess.
Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) was removed from the Week 7 injury report. The Cardinals limited Fitzgerald on a short week, but he was always expected to play. Fitzgerald's targets have been up, but Christian Kirk is Josh Rosen's go-to option. Fitzgerald should be avoided for a shy-away matchup with Broncos slot CB Chris Harris.
NFL Betting Trends
The Broncos have covered the spread in five of their last six games against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 6-2 against the number in their last eight games following an ATS loss.
The Broncos have been a poor bet overall dating back to last year, but especially on the road. They’re just 3-13 at the betting window in their last 16 road games and 6-18-2 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The seat under Vance Joseph is getting hotter by the week and so should John Elway’s, who continues to prove that he doesn’t know how to find a quarterback unless it’s a Hall of Famer like Peyton Manning. Case Keenum has struggled to move the offense and while Arizona has had its own issues offensively, I’ve seen enough out of Rosen to believe that he can pull off the small upset tonight.
NFL Week 7 Prediction: Arizona Cardinals +1.5