There is all manner of reasons why a team might fail during the course of the regular season. Sometimes, we see those failures coming from a mile away, but other times, injuries can derail a team that we believed might otherwise be in the hunt for the playoffs. Other times, it’s a case of players simply not living up to the expectation that we had for them. There is a little bit of all of that going on with the Cardinals and the Broncos, a pair of teams that were expected to be in the playoffs but who are going to fall short when all is said and done. For the Cardinals, it has been injuries that have been a major part of the problem this season, while the Broncos have not got what they expected when they traded for Russell Wilson this past offseason. While both teams are dead in the water, someone has to win this one. The Broncos are favored by 2 ½ at home, with the point total set at 36. Check out odds, analysis, and a free pick for Arizona Cardinals versus Denver Broncos so you can get ready to bet against the NFL Lines.
NFL Week 15 Betting Preview for Arizona Cardinals at Denver
Cardinals vs Broncos Odds and Match Info
- When: Sunday, Dec 18 at 4:05 PM EST
- Where: Mile High Stadium, Denver
- TV: FOX
Why bet on the Arizona Cardinals
Throughout the regular season, the Cardinals have seen their injury report grow longer and longer, with Kyler Murray, who is officially ruled out for the remainder of the season, the latest to be added. The rot was setting in long before Murray went down for the count, though, as the Cardinals come into this one on a 3-game losing skid that has them at 4-9 on the season. Besides the injuries, they have been absolutely awful at home, going just 1-7 SU in their own building, so this road trip might be just what the doctor ordered. While Arizona might be a team to avoid when they play at home, that is certainly not the case when they hit the road, as they have covered in 11 of their last 15 trips. They have seen the OVER hit in 5 of their last 7 games.
Why bet on the Denver Broncos
The general consensus was that the Broncos needed a proven QB to take them to the next level, as they already had a defense that looked to be up to the job. When they landed Russell Wilson, it looked like the final piece was in place, but this season has been an unmitigated disaster up to now. The Broncos head into Week 15 of the season with just 3 wins and are already eliminated from playoff contention. Wilson has not been great and may miss this weekend with a concussion, so keep an eye on that before making a wager. If there is a silver lining heading into this weekend, it’s that the Broncos have dominated the Cardinals, winning 9 of the last 10 meetings, which includes 5 in a row at Mile High. The Broncos are just 2-4 ATS at home this season, so a better bet might be the OVER, with each of the last 7 against Arizona going that route.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
With a pair of backups potentially starting this weekend, it’s tough to know what to expect. Even with that, I think the total is low enough that we might see the OVER here. I also like Denver to win and cover.
NFL Betting Pick: Arizona Cardinals 17 Denver Broncos 23