Sep 21, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) interacts with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after a fourth quarter interception by Manning at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Another difficult test awaits the Denver Broncos when they host the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday. With both teams coming off of early season bye weeks, each should be fresh and ready to go.
The Cardinals are undefeated thus far and have downed some of the best the NFL has to offer. In their first three games, Arizona’s surprisingly stout defense has held each of their opponents, which include the San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers, to 17 points or less.
For a defense that was decimated by injuries and suspension, they’ve come up big for the Cardinals.
Their offense is nothing to write home about, but it is steady and slowly whittles away at opposing defenses. Arizona’s starting quarterback will likely be Drew Stanton again, who’s been filling in for the injured Carson Palmer. Stanton is an above average backup and has guided the Cardinals to two consecutive victories without committing any turnovers.
As for the Broncos’ offense, this all means that numerous players will have to step up. This is arguably the toughest matchup they’ve had and it presents the perfect opportunity for the offense to exercise their “killer instinct”. The Cardinals aren’t the most talented in the league and won’t steam roll anybody, but rather grind away at them, ultimately putting their opposition away in the fourth quarter.
Denver’s offense has almost been devoid of killer instinct this season and they’ll have to watch themselves against a sneaky Arizona team.
Offensive execution and consistency is without a doubt the top priority for the Broncos when they host the undefeated Cardinals. Here are five players on offense that’ll need to raise their game on Sunday.