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Broncos vs. Cardinals - 9/3/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Cardinals (11-6) at Denver Broncos (12-5)
Date & Time Thursday September 3, 2015, 9:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Denver Broncos -3.5 -- Over/Under: 38.5
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NFL | Arizona Cardinals (11-6) at Denver Broncos (12-5)

The Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos play a preseason game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

The Arizona Cardinals are 1-2 in preseason play and are coming off a win over the Oakland Raiders. With Carson Palmer sitting out this matchup, Arizona will turn to Logan Thomas and Drew Stanton to handle most of the reps. That duo completed 11 of 14 passes in Arizona’s last game. Marion Grice has a chance to earn some serious regular season reps at running back, while Brittan Golden and rookie Jaxon Shipley have to step up at wide receiver. Defensively, Calais Campbell led Arizona in its last game with six tackles, Jerraud Powers had two pass deflections and Alex Okafor had two tackles for loss.

The Denver Broncos are 3-0 in preseason play and are coming off a win over the San Francisco 49ers. With Peyton Manning sitting this game out, this will be Brock Osweiler’s chance to prove he’s the best backup quarterback in the league. Osweiler completed 15 of 20 passes for 104 yards in his last contest. Montee Ball is still trying to climb up the running back depth chart and Cody Latimer has a chance to make an impact at wide receiver in his second season. Defensively, David Bruton Jr. led Denver in its last game with five tackles, Shane Ray had a sack and Darius Kilgo had a tackle for loss.

The Cardinals are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games on grass and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games overall. The Broncos are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September. The Cardinals are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings. 

Osweiler could start for a lot of NFL teams. When we're getting him for an entire game, you have to go with the Broncos here. Thomas and Stanton just don't do it for me with Arizona.

Denver Broncos -3.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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