Bron­cos ‘fight­ing for their lives’

Den­ver looks to stop four-game skid in Ari­zona

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS - BARRY WIL­NER

Things are spi­ralling in Den­ver. At least the Bron­cos won’t have to worry about snow when they jour­ney to Ari­zona for a Thurs­day night game.

The Bron­cos have dropped four straight after open­ing with two wins. Their de­fence is dead last against the run and 27th over­all.

With the Car­di­nals go­ing with rookie quar­ter­back Josh Rosen, the temp­ta­tion will be to keep the ball on the ground as much as pos­si­ble in this prime-time, uh, thriller.

“Oh yeah, any time you’re los­ing, ev­ery­body ’s fight­ing for their lives and fight­ing for their job ev­ery week at ev­ery po­si­tion, it doesn’t mat­ter,” says vet­eran cor­ner­back Chris Har­ris Jr. “There’s al­ways fin­ger-point­ing and you don’t want to have that. We don’t want to have that at all. ”

Ari­zona (1-5) wasn’t awake for much of the early sea­son and was the last team to win. Sur­pris­ingly for such a record, the Car­di­nals have 11 take-aways. Not sur­pris­ingly, they have 10 give­aways.

Den­ver is a 2½-point choice at Ari­zona.

Up­set spe­cial: Car­di­nals, 19-16 New York Gi­ants (+5½) at At­lanta, Mon­day night

Fal­cons can score, Gi­ants can’t. Best bet: Fal­cons, 33-16

New Eng­land (-3½) at Chicago

No­tice how Pa­tri­ots op­po­nents al­ways seem to be in­jury-rav­aged?

Pa­tri­ots, 24-20

New Or­leans (+2½) at Bal­ti­more

Big-time of­fence faces big-time de­fence in clas­sic matchup.

Saints, 23-18

Cincin­nati (+6) at Kan­sas City

Both sides come off late-game losses that could hurt long-term.

Chiefs, 33-31

Carolina (+4½) at Philadel­phia

Did Ea­gles turn around things in win over Gi­ants on Oct. 11?

Ea­gles, 30-27

Los An­ge­les Charg­ers (-6½) vs. Ten­nessee at Lon­don

Should be a bet­ter match at Wem­b­ley than last week’s rout.

Charg­ers, 23-14

L.A. Rams (-10) at San Fran­cisco

Some­one will stop the Rams’ run to 16-0. Won’t be Nin­ers.

Rams, 36-15

Dal­las (+1½) at Wash­ing­ton

Schizophrenic NFC East teams; Wash­ing­ton pretty good at home.

Wash­ing­ton, 19-16

Cleve­land (+3) at Tampa Bay

Two more uniden­ti­fi­able teams. Buc­ca­neers, 24-23

Min­nesota (-3) at New York Jets

Third game of Jets’ home­s­tand, first tough op­po­nent.

Vik­ings, 32-27

Buf­falo (+7½) at In­di­anapo­lis

An­drew Luck tips scales to Indy in matchup of very flawed clubs.

Colts, 23-9

Hous­ton (+4½) at Jack­sonville

Tex­ans have won three straight with grit. Jags strug­gling. But ...

Jaguars, 20-19

Detroit (OFF) at Mi­ami

Rested Li­ons are bet­ter no mat­ter who quar­ter­backs Dol­phins.

Li­ons, 27-17

2018 RECORD:

Last week: Against spread, 7-8; straight up, 10-5

Sea­son to­tals: Against spread, 4048-3; straight up, 58-33-2

Best bet: 2-4 against spread, 5-1 straight up

Up­set spe­cial: 4-2 against spread, 3-2-1 straight up

Josh Rosen

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