Thursday Night Football: Live When Vance Joseph takes a seat on the Broncos’ flight home Thursday Night Football, he’ll be warm, but no longer uncomfortably hot. His team’s bludgeoning of the Cardinals is exactly what he needed to cool off what was the hottest seat in football.
On Thursday Night Football , the Broncos went into Arizona, jumped out to a 14-0 lead in less than seven minutes, which grew into a 28-3 lead in less than 16 minutes, and coasted to a dominant 45-10 blowout that halted their losing streak at four games, improved their record to 3-4, and dropped the Cardinals to 1-6. In a game between two teams trending in the wrong direction and two coaches under intense scrutiny, it was the Broncos who emerged with a feel-good win, Joseph who acquired some valuable job security, the Cardinals who got hit with yet another blow in a season full of lowlights, and Steve Wilks who is suddenly on notice.Thursday Night Football
The game was over. At halftime, the Broncos were winning 35-3 and out-gaining the Cardinals by 155 yards even though the play distribution was nearly even (33 to 31 in favor of Denver). In the second half, the blowout continued. It’s really not worth recapping.
They began the game by calling for a Johnson run up the middle into an eight-man box, which predictably picked up no yards. Before second down, they burned a timeout. On second down, after the timeout, Rosen’s pass got tipped at the line of scrimmage and landed in the arms of Davis, who returned his first career interception for a touchdown. On the extra point that gave the Broncos a 7-0 lead less than a minute into the game, the Cardinals lined up offside.
Yes, the Cardinals might just be the frontrunners to wind up with the first-overall pick in next year’s draft. Their only win of the season came against the Jimmy Garoppolo-less 49ers. Their offensive coaching staff can’t figure out how to use one of the sport’s most versatile playmakers. Their defense is solid at best, but as Thursday night demonstrated, they’re not always at their best. The offense can’t convert a third down.