Broncos Europe staff round up everything you need to know as the Denver Broncos look to get through the final preseason game, which is utterly pointless, without any further injuries.
When does the party start?
Thursday August 31, 2017, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, CO.
Kick-off 19:00 MDT/02:00 BST/03:00 CEST
Where can I watch or listen?
UK and Ireland TV: NFL Gamepass
Other European TV: NFL Gamepass
Radio coverage: KOA (850AM/94.1FM) and The Fox (103.5FM)
What’s the notable team news?
Arizona Cardinals: Former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert will start the fifth of the Cardinals’ preseason games this year, but undrafted free agent Trevor Knight will take the majority of snaps.
Watch out for running back Elijhaa Penny, who is looking to make the 53-man roster after spending 2016 on the practice squad. His contributions, especially on special teams, could help him force his way ahead of veterans Chris Johnson or Andre Ellington. Last preseason, Penny ran for 113 yards and a TD on 23 carries against the Broncos.
The Cardinals have a battle at punter between Richie Leone and Matt Wile, with Harlan Miller and Rudy Ford hoping to be the fifth safety.
Denver Broncos: Undrafted rookie QB Kyle Sloter makes his first start in the NFL with Paxton Lynch out with a shoulder injury. Wide receiver Jordan Taylor, who hasn’t played QB since high school in 2010, will be the emergency backup.
On the offensive line, Ty Sambrailo will take snaps as the centre, as the Broncos look at if he can emerge as a swing backup after losing out to Garett Bolles at left tackle.
At receiver, keep an eye on Kalif Raymond and Cody Latimer. Both are fighting to make the 53-man roster and need to impress today opposite Taylor, who has flashed again during preseason.
There’s also a battle between veteran Chris Lewis-Harris and Lorenzo Doss for a cornerback spot, while the Broncos’ safeties will look to impress as rumours intensify about the possible departure of three-time Pro Bowler TJ Ward.
What happened last time they met?
The teams met in the final game of preseason last year, with the Cardinals winning 38-17 at the University of Phoenix Stadium as Matt Barkley went 20/29 for 262 and two scores as the hosts dominated the game.
Jordan Taylor was the star for the Broncos and QB Paxton Lynch (13/22, 214, 2 TD, 1 INT) last year with four catches for 109 yards, including a 57-yard score as the Broncos offense struggled, going just 1-8 on third down.
How did they get on last time out?
Cardinals: A battle of the birds saw the Cardinals defeat the Atlanta Falcons 24-14 at the impressively expensive Mercedes-Benz Dome to go 2-2 in preseason.
Not the best start to life in their new stadium for the Falcons, and their defense also gave up a lot on the night as John Brown flashed with two TDs for 28 and 21 yards from QBs Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, as both teams struggled to move the ball.
Broncos: The Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers 2017 at Mile High last week with touchdowns from CJ Anderson and Hunter Sharp to go 3-0 in preseason.
Backup QB Paxton Lynch left the game with a shoulder injury, giving Kyle Sloter more time to shine, with the rookie completing back-to-back throws to Sharp in the second half for what would be the game winner.
The Broncos’ run defense looked a lot more assured than the one that gave up 170 yards to the Cardinals 12 months ago, and Shelby Harris was a monster in run and pass defense, weighing in with three sacks.
What do the bookies make of the game?
Our man Paddy Power hasn’t got a book open on a straight win at the time of writing. You can get 10/11 on a -2.0 handicap, but at those odds why not splash some cash on Von Miller at 7/1 to be defensive player of the year or finish with the most sacks?
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After three late nights covering preseason, we’re really struggling to care much about the most meaningless game we’ll play this year, but we’re backing our man Kyle Sloter to show why he should be on the 53-man roster and lead the Broncos to at least three touchdown drives for a Broncos win.
Anything I may have missed?