Broncos-Cardinals Preview Capsule

DENVER (2-4) at ARIZONA (1-5)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m., ET, Fox/NFL Network

OPENING LINE — Broncos by 2½

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Denver 1-4-1, Arizona 4-2

SERIES RECORD — Broncos lead 8-1-1

LAST MEETING — Broncos beat Cardinals 41-20, Oct. 5, 2014

LAST WEEK — Broncos lost to Rams 23-20; Cardinals lost to Vikings 27-17

AP PRO32 RANKING — Broncos No. 26, Cardinals No. 31

BRONCOS OFFENSE — OVERALL (12), RUSH (10), PASS (16)

BRONCOS DEFENSE — OVERALL (27), RUSH (32), PASS (11)

CARDINALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (32), PASS (31)

CARDINALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (31), PASS (12)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Match-up features teams with the two worst run defenses in NFL through six games. ... Denver's Von Miller and Arizona's Chandler Jones have combined 158½ career sacks (Miller 89, Jones 69½). ... Broncos have allowed 593 yards rushing past two games (270 vs. Rams, 323 vs. Jets) , most since AFL-NFL merger in 1970. ... Broncos allowed 200-yard rushers in each of last two games, first in NFL history. ... Denver is 3-1-1 in regular-season games at Arizona. ... Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr., makes 100th career regular-season start. ... Denver has lost four straight, leaving coach Vance Joseph with 7-15 record. ... Broncos lost LG Ronald Leary, probably best offensive lineman, for season with torn Achilles tendon last Sunday. ... Arizona has been outscored 42-0 in third quarters. ... WR Larry Fitzgerald has yet to catch TD pass this season. Fitzgerald has caught pass in 217 consecutive games, second-longest streak in NFL history. ... Arizona is league-worst 14 of 64 on third-down conversions and was 0 for 10 Sunday vs. Vikings. ... Opponents have run 435 plays to Arizona's 302. ... Cardinals' offense has nine TDs in six games, five by David Johnson. Johnson is averaging only 3.2 yards per carry. ... Cardinals averaging league-worst 64 yards per game on ground. ... Arizona's Andy Lee is averaging 48 yards per punt, fifth best in NFL. He has four games with 50-plus yard average, tied for most in league. ... Cardinals' Christian Kirk has 25 receptions, most among NFL rookies WRs. ... Arizona's Zeke Turner, undrafted rookie, leads league with eight special teams tackles. ... Cardinals S Tre Boston has three interceptions in last four games. ... Fantasy tip: Maybe Denver defense's problems finally break Johnson through to big game.

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