Denver vs Arizona Preseason Week 4 Free Pick
It’s all very easy to get caught up in the excitement of NFL football returning and put too much stock into what happens in the 4 weeks that make up the preseason. Historically speaking, teams who have looked great during the preseason have gone on to be awful in the regular season, while those who struggled through those games went on to win the Super Bowl. The preseason is nothing more than a time to whittle down the roster while giving your main guys enough reps to get their timing right for the real games to come. What most teams are really looking for is to get out of the preseason with no major injuries to speak of. Week 4 tends to be the best indicator of what to expect from teams in the coming season, as that is the point when the rosters are close to being fully determined. The starters will get more playing time ahead of the opening week, and that tends to make these games a whole lot more fun to watch and wager on this NFL betting season.
Take a Look at the Denver vs Arizona Preseason Week 4 Free Pick & Game Info
When: Thursday, Sept 1 at 9:30 PM EST
Where: U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
TV: Check local listings
Radio: Denver / Arizona
Live Stream: NFL.com
NFL Odds: Arizona at -4
Why bet on the Denver Broncos?
The defending Super Bowl champions have gone 2-1 in the preseason so far, but more importantly, they have decided who their starter will be in the regular season. While the smart money was on Mark Sanchez to land the QB job, it is actually going to be Trevor Siemian who lines up under center in Week 1 of the season. Sanchez started the preseason well enough, but got progressively worse as it wore on. Siemian, a former 7 th -round pick, seemed to get better, and it was a fine display in Week 3 versus the Rams that cemented the position for him. We can probably expect Siemian to get the bulk of the snaps in this one on Thursday night.
Why bet on the Arizona Cardinals?
The Arizona Cardinals are a perfect example of why you shouldn’t take the preseason too seriously as far as results go. Many people expect them to be one of the betting favorites to come out of the NFC and into the Super Bowl, yet they have looked very ordinary in preseason. They have lost all 3 of their games so far, and have not looked particularly good on either side of the ball. I expect them to put in a bit of a better show on Thursday when the starters get more playing time, and you get the sense that they will want to make a statement by beating the champs, even if it is just a preseason game. That would set them up nicely for a tough Week 1 meeting against the New England Patriots.
My Free Pick and Final Score Prediction
While the Cardinals have done nothing to suggest that they can get a win in preseason, I think that they will break that goose egg on Thursday night.
Denver Broncos 17 Arizona Cardinals 24