The undefeated Arizona Cardinals. If it doesn't feel natural rolling off the tongue, check your instincts - the Cardinals are for real.
10-6 a year ago, Bruce Arians has maximized the talent on this roster and has not shied from playing aggressive football. His defense is blitz-happy, and his offense isn't afraid to throw downfield. Bolstered by a good rushing offense and a better rush defense, Arizona has taken down the San Diego Chargers, New York Giants, and San this year.
"They're fifth in the league in defense, second in scoring defense after three weeks," Broncos coach John Fox said. "You see big, physical [players], and they're very hard to run against. They have two as good of cover corners as there are in the league. They have the makings of a top-five defense. Regardless of the injuries, they're still being very productive."
"They are definitely very talented," wide receiver Wes Welker said. "They have a lot of speed back there, especially at the corner position with very athletic guys. And you have to be on top of your routes, making sure you're running good routes and understanding what they are trying to do coverage-wise and different things like that, and attack them the best you can and make sure you're going out there and making plays when you get your opportunity."
Kickoff is set for 2:05 p.m. MDT on Sunday, October 5th, 2014.
The game will air as FOX's afternoon game with their #1 crew of Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (color commentary), and Erin Andrews (sideline) calling the game.
View our Broncos-Cardinals TV broadcast map to see if the game will air locally in your area. DirecTV Sunday Ticket customers can find the game on 714.
850 AM KOA & Sirius 85.
Peyton Manning has 499 touchdowns on the year, and he has the NFL's longest active streak of consecutive games with a TD pass. Which begs the question: who will catch #500?
Three games into his four-game suspension, the Broncos' record-setting kicker Matt Prater is gone. Brandon McManus is the man in Denver.
Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan is set to make his 2014 debut in Week 5 after a leg injury knocked him out before the season. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is out, meaning Drew Stanton will start.
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The Bronco are 8-point favorites against the Cardinals at home, increasing since an opening line of seven points.