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Arizona Cardinals vs. Denver Broncos Betting Preseason – Thursday, August 31st

Online NFL Betting Odds Like Broncos Over Cards

Posted by: Mike Davis

Most online NFL betting fans cannot wait for the preseason to end. With just one more week of action keeping us from the start of the 2017 season, it’s easy to understand why people are having a hard time staying calm.

Unquestionably, the best way to help the time pass is by betting on some of Week 4 of the preseason’s matches. There’s plenty to choose from, but players who bet on NFL games might want to pay special attention to the matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos. Let’s take a look at what football betting sites have to say about this western matchup.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Denver Broncos – Thursday, August 31st

When: 9:00 pm ET

Where: Sports Authority Field, Denver

TV: Local Broadcasts

Stream: NFL.com, NFL Game Pass

Online NFL Betting Odds:

Arizona Cardinals +2 ½ (-105)         37 ½ (-117)

Denver Broncos -2 ½ (-115)  37 ½ (-104)

 

Arizona Cardinals

After finishing 13-3 in 2015, Arizona and their fan base had extremely high hopes for the 2016 season. Unfortunately, the success the Cardinals were expecting in 2016 never came. Instead, the franchise finished the year with a 7-8-1 record that gave way to a 2nd place finish in the NFC West. Finishing second doesn’t sound terrible, but Arizona was only able to get that finish due to the lack of competition from the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams in the division. The Cardinals will be looking to get back to online NFL betting playoff form this upcoming season.

The first thing the Cards need to do to get back in the playoffs is address their situation at the quarterback position. Arizona currently has Carson Palmer tossing the pigskin. Last season, Palmer finished with an 87.2 passer rating – which was a major dip from the 104.6 passer rating Palmer had posted the year before.

Clearly there’s some correlation between the play at quarterback and whether Arizona makes the playoffs. The only question now is whether or not the Cardinals should move ahead with Carson Palmer or explore other options.

Denver Broncos

After winning the Super Bowl, and bidding future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning farewell, the Broncos knew that they had a bit of rebuilding to do. That rebuilding season led to a 9-7 record that allowed Denver to finish 3rd in the AFC West. Furthermore, 2016 marked the first time that the Broncos have missed out on the postseason in 5 years.

Gary Kubiak stepped down as head coach in Week 6 of the 2016 season. Not from a lack of results but rather because of severe health issues. Kubiak has stayed with Denver, choosing to help out as a scout.

The Broncos are now entering the Vance Joseph era. Joseph have been coaching in the NFL since 2005, when the Niners gave him his big break as an assistant defensive back coach. Joseph has been coaching in the league since, albeit he’s jumped around quite a bit. This will represent his first stint as a head coach and it will be interesting to see what the former player is able to accomplish.

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