Game Day Review: As Von Miller predicted, Broncos kick some butt in Arizona, 45-10
GLENDALE, Ariz. — As Von Miller first predicted after practice this week, the Broncos went to Arizona and kicked some behind. Denver beat up on the Cardinals, 45-10, on FOX31.
The win comes after losing four straight games and now the team improves to 3-4 on the season.
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The Broncos won the coin toss and elected to defer to put their defense on the field first against the Cardinals and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.
Following a bad punt return, the Cardinals were stuck at their own 17-yard line. After no gain on the first run, Rosen called a timeout on second down.
Following the timeout, Rosen’s pass was tipped by Derek Wolfe and intercepted by Todd Davis who returned it for the touchdown.
Just a minute into the game, the Broncos were already up 7-0.
The Cardinals went three and out on their next drive which gave the Broncos the ball back with good field position.
The Broncos went 77 yards in six plays on the drive, which included a 22-yard carry by Phillip Lindsay for a first down.
Following an offsides penalty, the Broncos showed off a trick play as Emmanuel Sanders threw it deep to Courtland Sutton for a 28-yard touchdown pass to give the Broncos a 14-0 lead.
The pass was Sutton’s second touchdown of the season and Sanders’ first career touchdown pass. Previously, Sanders had only thrown one pass in his NFL career back in 2011 with the Steelers.
The Cardinals were able to get on the board on their next drive with a field goal to make it 14-3.
Before the first quarter came to an end, Chris Harris Jr. intercepted Rosen and took it to the house for the touchdown and the second pick-six of the first quarter.
It was the first time since 1989 that the Broncos had two pick-six’s in a game.
The Broncos ended the quarter with a 21-3 lead. It was the second time in team history that the team has scored 21 points in the opening quarter on the road. The last time was at the New York Jets in October 1973.
The Broncos started the second quarter with a bang as Keenum found Sanders for a 64-yard touchdown on the first play to make it 28-3.
The next big scoring drive happened late in the second quarter as the Broncos started with great field position.
A few plays later, Keenum just barely got the ball off to Lindsay for a seven-yard gain and just outside the red zone. Then on third down, Keenum tossed it to Demaryius Thomas to set up first and goal.
Jeff Heuerman caught the ball in the end zone, but was called for offensive pass interference and put the Broncos back to the 20. Then Keenum found Sanders for a 13-yard gain to the seven-yard line.
Following a penalty on the Cardinals, the first half ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Royce Freeman to put the Broncos up 35-3 at halftime.
The Broncos got the ball to start the second half, but Keenum threw an interception less than two minutes into the half for the first Broncos turnover of the night.
Following the interception, Rosen was able to lead the Cardinals down the field with several quick completions to the Broncos 25-yard line. After nearly having a pass picked off, Rosen ran the ball on third and 10 to get inside the red zone.
Derek Wolfe was down on the play, but was eventually able to walk off the field under his own power.
The Cardinals were able to get their first touchdown of the night when Rosen found Larry Fitzgerald to make it 35-10.
Von Miller wasn’t kidding when he told Broncos Country they were going to “kick their [butt]” after practice this week, after a strip-sack on Rosen was overturned, Miller came back two plays later to force a fumble.
That fumble resulted in a 28-yard touchdown run by Lindsay and extended the Broncos lead to 42-10 to end the third quarter.
The Broncos continued to dominate in the fourth quarter as Miller sacked Rosen some more and got another strip-sack and the Broncos recovered it at the Cardinals 12-yard line.
After not being able to get anywhere, Brandon McManus got his first goal of the night to make it 45-10.
And the defense got the best of Rosen as Bradley Chubb got his first strip-sack, and the Cardinals recovered. But that would set up a fourth and 16 as Chubb sacked Rosen to end the game.AlertMe