When trying to predict how a team will do in the new NFL season, one of the first things that we do is look at who will be under center for the coming season. There are certain teams that you know are probably going to be good based solely on who they have as their QB. The next layer of teams features those who have journeyman QB’s at the helm, with their seasons somewhat unpredictable until things start to unfold. Lastly, there are the teams who have a rookie in at the QB position. While some guys come into the league and light it up immediately, others experience some growing pains as they evolve into the role of NFL starter.
The Broncos went out and acquired QB Joe Flacco, a Super Bowl winner, in the offseason in hopes of turning their offense around. On the flipside, the Arizona Cardinals went all in on Kyler Murray, hoping that he will be their QB of the future. We may not see either of these guys on Thursday when they hook up in Denver, but it will be fun to see how things progress with each of these teams once the season begins. Denver is favored by 2, with the point total set at 33 ½.
Cardinals vs Broncos 2019 NFL Preseason Week 4 Odds, Game Info & Prediction
- When: Thursday, August 29 at 9 PM EST
- Where: Mile High Stadium, Denver
- TV: NFL Network
- Radio: SiriusXM/NFL
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Preseason Week 4 Odds: Denver Broncos -2 (Total 33.5)
- Mostly Cloudy: 31°C/87°F
- Humidity: 18%
- Precipitation: 1%
- Cloud Cover: 60%
- Wind: 10 mph NE
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Arizona Cardinals?
The Cardinals have gone 1-2 through the opening 3 weeks of preseason, and we have seen basically what we expected out of Kyler Murray. The young QB has shown that he has the tools necessary to succeed in this league, but he has also had moments where he has looked particularly green and unready.
Essentially, he has been the prototypical rookie QB handed the reins of an NFL team. It’s going to be a steep learning curve for this young man in his first year, especially leading a team that is on the weaker end of the scale. The Cardinals got rid of their last first round QB quickly, so some real pressure on this young man. The Cardinals are 6-14 SU and ATS in their last 20 meetings with Denver and are 3-9 SU in their last 12 trips to Mile High.
Team Stats (Offense/Last 10 Games)
- Points per Game: 17.57
- Passing Yards: 175.00
- Rushing Yards: 94.14
- Turnovers: 2.14
Why bet on the Denver Broncos?
On the face of it, the Broncos made a decent move in going out and getting a veteran QB to help their offense. Love him or hate him, Joe Flacco has won a Super Bowl, but the last couple of seasons suggests that his best years may be behind him. That said, a move to a new team with the chance at a fresh start might just be what he needs to get rolling again.
The Broncos have gone winless through the first 3 weeks of the preseason, dropping games to Seattle, San Francisco, and the LA Rams, and all while managing just a touch over 8 PPG. The Broncos are 1-5 SU in their last 6 versus opponents from the NFC West, but they are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday night games.
Team Stats (Offense/Last 10 Games)
- Points per Game: 35.57
- Passing Yards: 249.86
- Rushing Yards: 145.00
- Turnovers: 1.71
Cardinals vs Broncos NFL Preseason Week 4 Betting Trends
- Cardinals are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games on the road
- Cardinals are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games against Denver
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona’s last 6 games played in August
- Broncos are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the NFC West division
- Broncos are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games played on a Thursday
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Denver’s last 8 games at home
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Cardinals vs Broncos
I think we are looking at a low-scoring affair here, with the UNDER looking like the best wager on the board. I am going with the Broncos to close out their preseason with a win at home.
Score: Arizona Cardinals 10 – Denver Broncos 17