GREG COTE’S THURSDAY NFL PICK
BRONCOS (2-4) at CARDINALS (1-5)
Line: DEN by 1.
Cote’s pick: ARI 19-17.
TV: 8:20 p.m., Fox/NFL.
There have been some interesting Thursday night matchups entering NFL Week 7. This ain’t one of ‘em! The only three reasons on Earth to devote three hours to this game: 1) You are a Denver or Arizona fan not yet so thoroughly angered or bored by your team that you have said to hell with it and resorted to watching playoff baseball; 2) Your fantasy team is in such dire straits that you are still rolling dice on any kind of decent game from Case Keenum or believe you have detected a pulse in David Johnson; or 3) You are a degenerate gambler who needs to put a small stack somewhere and instead of logically going with the “under” you are actually betting on one of these teams to not be a big pile of awful. I mean, seriously. Both offenses are struggling. Both run defenses are abysmal. Denver has lost 11 of its past 12 road games. ‘Zona is 0-3 at home. Where to turn for a life preserver? Broncos’ Von Miller is guaranteeing a win, but forget Broadway Von. The betting line dove from Denver by 2 1/2 to a near-pick ‘em 1-point and I get why. Johnson will run big, Cardbirds pass D will continue Keenum’s pick streak, and Denver on the road is pure misery.