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Broncos Cardinals Betting – Teams In Turmoil Meet In Arizon

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/8/2010 1:41:07 PM

The Denver Broncos just fired their head coach. The Arizona Cardinals are in last place in the NFC West, two seasons after reaching the Super Bowl. Two tired teams face off.

NFL Betting: Denver Broncos @ Arizona Cardinals
Online Betting Odds: No line

Why To Bet On The Broncos

This is another classic case in which the best reasons to pick one team exist entirely on the other side of the field. Arizona is a reeling franchise. The Cardinals have clearly not been able to find a replacement for quarterback Kurt Warner, a sure-fire Hall of Fame signal caller who called it quits after the 2009 regular season, which ended in a divisional playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints this past January.

With Warner, the Cardinals once again would have had the best team in a very mediocre NFC West. Without him, Arizona has become awful and unhinged on the offensive side of the ball. Arizona’s defense is really not that bad, but coach Ken Whisenhunt has simply whiffed in his handling of the team’s most important position. Matt Leinart was discharged before the season began, and a two-man derby has emerged between rookie Max Hall – who has shown that he’s not yet ready to play quarterback in the league – and Derek Anderson, a veteran who is interception-prone and largely undependable.

The results have been disastrous for a team that’s now 3-9 and firmly in the bottom of the NFC West. Anderson had a major meltdown in front of the press a few weeks ago after a Monday night loss to 4-8 San Francisco. The incident was reminiscent of a similar display by former coach Dennis Green, who was never able to turn around the Cardinal franchise. Arizona is wayward, and that’s the best thing going for the Broncos right now.

Why To Bet On The Cardinals

The Broncos’ own considerable woes, of course, are the only reason to pick the Cardinals this weekend. Denver owner Pat Bowlen fired coach Josh McDaniels on Monday after the Broncos’ latest loss, a 10-6 setback to the Kansas City Chiefs. McDaniels was already in trouble for being caught illegally videotaping the San Francisco 49ers’ practices before the teams’ game in London, England, earlier this season. McDaniels also shouldered the humiliation of giving up 59 points to the hated Oakland Raiders at home.

It was becoming increasingly clear that McDaniels, just 34 years old, was in over his head and that the locker room had stopped believing in him. Moreover, too many controversies were accumulating in one season. Bowlen, the longtime owner of the Denver franchise, saw the situation and did what many observers feel was the necessary thing.

The problem for Denver is that interim coach Eric Studesville has never been a head coach or even an offensive coordinator at any level of football. The former running backs coach will now move to the top spot in what is clearly a temporary patchwork situation. Denver just might be more disorganized than Arizona is. That’s how the Cardinals can win this Sunday.

How The Game Will Play Out

This is an impossible game to predict, and that’s why Vegas doesn’t have a line posted. Arizona’s playing at home and the Cardinals – while awful – are at least more motivated than the Broncos. Pick Arizona if you must.

Broncos Cardinals Betting Pick: Cardinals


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