Arizona Cardinals vs. Denver Broncos: Final Preseason Game Preview

By Randy Drautz
Denver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals
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Both the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos will be looking to rest their starters tonight in each teams NFL preseason finale, and will be getting a closer look at their backup talent. The Cardinals and Broncos come into the game with 75-man rosters after cuts were made on Tuesday.

As their backup talent takes the field, general managers and coaches alike will get one last look at those who will have to prove themselves to make the final cut. For 22 players, this will be the biggest game they’ve ever played.

This Saturday, all 32 NFL teams will be forced to reduce their rosters down to 53 players. Obviously, it’s a nerve-racking and nail-biting experience for those guys on the bubble.

Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer will be watching from the sidelines grinding their teeth in unison as they will both be itching to get one last snap under center, or get one last throw outside of the numbers in before the start of the regular season. Well, they’ll just have to observe in agony and realize with excitement that each will be ready to start the real season 100 percent healthy.

Brock Osweiler will likely start at quarterback for the Broncos tonight, and look for John Skelton to start for the Cardinals. The 6-foot-8 Osweiler has looked good in the preseason, and is proving to be the heir apparent to the future Hall of Famer Manning. It’s possible Brock will be waiting several years before Peyton decides to hang up his helmet and shoulder pads. I’m pretty sure Broncos’ fans wouldn’t argue.

Look for running back battles to continue tonight for Denver. With Ronnie Hillman‘s fumble issues in the preseason and Knowshon Moreno‘s inconsistency, look for rookie running back Montee Ball to steal the job and be the starter come next Thursday.

Next Thursday, the NFL season officially begins as the Broncos will take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens in a revenge matchup that shouldn’t disappoint.

With the NFL preseason coming to a close, the Broncos and Cardinals have some critical decisions to make based on tonight’s game in order to whittle down their rosters from 75 to 53.

Randy Drautz is a Denver Nuggets writer for  Follow him on Twitter @RDrautz, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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