The Denver Broncos (3-10) play the Arizona Cardinals (4-8) on Sunday, 18 at Empower Field at Mile High. A single win is all that lies between the teams ahead of this Week 15 matchup. The Cardinals boast the better record out of the two, winning four out of a possible 12 to go third in the NFC West. The Broncos follow up in fourth place in the AFC West, with three wins to their account. A run of five straight defeats has recently hit a sorry-looking Denver Broncos to leave them down and out. Can they get back on track at the Empower Field at Mile High, or will the Cardinals inflict more misery their way? Let’s check it out in this preview.
Broncos VS Cardinals Betting lines
Broncos VS Cardinals Betting expert picks
Backing a home win on the moneyline is a red flag here. The Broncos are on a five-match losing streak, and we don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel for them either. Tipping Cardinals to win -105 outright on the moneyline is worth a tilt. The visitors are 3-2 on the road for this season and have won three of the last five road trips, while the struggling Broncos are a dismal 1-4 on their own turf.
The oddsmakers have listed the Broncos as a 1-point favorite over the Cardinals, implying that we could have a tight game of football on our hands between two evenly-matched teams. The last five rounds between the Broncos and the Cardinals have been rather one-sided, with an average winning margin of up to 21.6 points.
The Broncos tend to play well at home against the Cardinals. Over the past five games between the two teams at the Empower Field at Mile High, the home side has won three games by an average margin of 20.7 points. In terms of covering the spread, the Broncos have been a safe bet recently. They have covered the spread in their last two outings, going 2-3 ATS in their last five matchups in all.
As for the Cardinals, they’ve covered the spread in three of their five road games this season. The visitors are also 4-3 ATS from their seven most recent road trips, as well as 5-5 ATS in their last ten games overall.
The average total from the previous 17 matchups between the Broncos and the Cardinals was 42.71 points.
The current total on the Week 15 betting line for this matchup is 39.0 points, which is under the 40 points average seen in the past five rounds the Broncos and Cardinals have played out, but not by much either.
The total has gone under in eight of the Broncos’ last nine games. Looking back on the last five games on home soil for the Broncos, the total went over once. They are 2-8 against the total overall from their previous ten matches.
On average, the Cardinals have seen 46.8 points go on board during their past ten matches and 45.2 points in their last five contests on the road. Interestedly, the Cardinals have seen the total go over in each of their last 12 matchups.
Broncos VS Cardinals Betting trends
- In eight of the Broncos’ last nine games the total went under
- The total points score went over for Cardinals, in their last six games
- Cardinals lost the last four H2H game against Broncos
NFL Power Rankings Week 15 2022, Broncos VS Cardinals
Denver Broncos Form
The Broncos are 3-10 for the season and their latest match against the Kansas City Chiefs finished 28-34, leaving them 1-9 across their past 10 games and 1-4 in the last five at home.
Scoring clearly isn’t where the Broncos’ A-game lies. The offense has only put 14.9 points on board, which is one of the league’s worst points averages. The defense, on the other hand, hasn’t been as effective in putting the brakes on opposing offenses of late. In the past five outings, 21.2 points have been lost on average. This is more than the home team usually gives up, having allowed a decent 18.3 points per game this season.
In 2021, the Broncos went 7-10 to end up fourth in the AFC West and out of playoff contention. They hoped to return to the NFL postseason this year, but fans will have to wait a little longer as the 3-10 hosts are now eliminated.
Arizona Cardinals Form
The Cardinals fell to a second consecutive defeat last time out when the Los Angeles Chargers beat them 24-25. The visitors are now 3-7 in their past ten games overall and 3-2 in the last five on the road.
The Cardinals will bring a middle-of-the-park offense for their latest game on the road, having scored 22.0 points per game this season. On the other side of the ball, the hosts have continued to struggle in defense. In the same number of games, they’ve surrendered 29.0 points and rank in position number 27 in the league for points allowed, having given up 26.8 points this year alone.
Unsurprisingly, the Cardinals are unlikely to make the NFL postseason as things stand. Few people expected the away side to go far, and given their 4-8 regular season record, it seems they had good reason.
Broncos VS Cardinals H2H history
The Broncos claimed a strong 20-7 win, when they were last faced with the Cardinals. This encounter took place at the Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The Broncos came away with four wins from their past five matchups against the Cardinals, leaving them with an overall record of 4-1.
While the Broncos averaged 25.06 points, the Cardinals performed an average of 17.65 points in their 17 most recent head-to-head games.