Arizona Cardinals vs Denver Broncos

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The two last quarterbacks to get paid this summer meet in the winter of the Rocky Mountains, as Kyler Murray and the Cardinals visit Russell Wilson and the Broncos.

Cardinals vs. Broncos Betting Preview

When talking about the Cardinals vs. Broncos odds, it’s more than just about this game in Denver. These are two teams with good NFL odds to make the playoffs and possibly make a deep run in the postseason.

Both teams are loaded with stars, but the Arizona Cardinals vs. Denver Broncos stats that will be the focus naturally involve the two franchise quarterbacks.

Rivalry History

The Cardinals and Broncos don’t have much of a rivalry. They’ve played just 11 previous times, and Denver has dominated with a 9-1-1 record. The most recent game was in 2018, with a 45-10 Broncos win.

However, Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson have a rivalry born from their three years together in the NFC West, which is a much more interesting storyline. In five games against Wilson, Murray averages 245.6 yards passing and 36.8 yards rushing, and he has eight total touchdowns.

Wilson has the W-L edge, 3-2, he averages 246.4 yards passing, and he has 13 touchdowns in those five games.

It’s obviously about teams in the NFL, but the spotlight this game is on Murray and Wilson.

Matchup Trends

Wilson is the more experienced quarterback, and the Broncos have the better defense, which accounts for the Cardinals vs. Broncos odds favoring the home team. But Wilson is working with a new offense and new wide receivers this season. 

One of the Cardinals vs. Broncos stats to pay attention to is the growth of Wilson in this offense and the development of Courtland Sutton, who is playing with a good quarterback for the first time in his career.

The other big-name wide receiver in this NFL matchup is one of the best in the game, DeAndre Hopkins. After missing the first six games because of suspension, he’s fresher in December than most veterans, which could play to Arizona’s advantage.

Venue Information

The Broncos play their home games at Empower Field at Mile High, which can be credited for keeping Denver near the top of the NFL standings for so many consecutive years. Not only is it a mile high above sea level, making it particularly taxing for visiting teams, every home game in the stadium’s history has been sold out.

The Denver Broncos home sellout streak extends all the way back to 1970 and the original Mile High Stadium, which was replaced by Empower Field in 2001.

Betting Tips for Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos

Something to consider when placing your bets and analyzing the Cardinals vs. Broncos odds is how the NFL schedule is going to affect both teams. Denver finishes with a brutal stretch of games, playing the Ravens and Chiefs before this game with Arizona, and then finishing at the Rams, at Kansas City, and at home with the Chargers.

Arizona is coming off a game with the Patriots, finishing home against the Bucs, and then on the road in Atlanta and San Francisco.

Any NFL team can beat another, but the Cardinals have the easier closing schedule.

The Cardinals vs. Broncos stats may favor one offense over the other, but be sure to study how each team does as an NFL pick against the spread. Last season, including their playoff loss at the Rams, Arizona was 10-8-0 against the spread and an impressive 8-2-0 on the road. The Broncos finished the 2021 season 8-9-0 against the spread and 5-3-0 at home.

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