Broncos vs Cardinals: The Denver Broncos’ season finale against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, Aug. 30 will be nationally broadcast on NFL Network.
In the Broncos’ television market, the game will be blacked out on NFL Network because it will be airing locally on 9News/KTVD-20. Most fans outside of Colorado will be able to watch the game on NFLN.
With the Arizona Cardinals roughly 48 hours away from their fin
al preseason game, there are still plenty of position battles to be decided. Some of those battles tend to fly a little under the radar to the casual fan, but there’s always a focus on who’s playing quarterback.
And it turns out the Cardinals still have a dilemma there.
Not in terms of who the No. 1 is, of course. Sam Bradford has been the guy all along, and he’s done nothing this preseason to dissuade his coaches or teammates from feeling that way.
The dilemma centers around the guy behind him. Josh Rosen’s status as a first round draft pick at quarterback might typically be enough to earn him a rest in the preseason finale.
But this situation is a little different after Rosen, who will be a game-time decision Thursday against the Denver Broncos, missed the third preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday with a thumb injury. That’s because Rosen may very well be the first option off the bench if Bradford goes down at any point during the regular season.
Through three games, he has completed 28/41 of his passes for a 68.3% completion rate. He has thrown for 340 yards, 3 touchdowns to just one interception. On the flip side, Lynch has completed 14/29 of his passes for a 48.3% completion rate. He has just 102 yards passing with 0 touchdowns and one interception.
It’s pretty clear who is rising and who is falling here. Both still need a big game though. Kelly to keep his hype train rolling and Lynch to give evaluators around the NFL hope he might still have a future in this league.
In addition to KTVD-20 and NFL Network, the following TV channels will air the game, according to 506Sports.com:
Steve Levy (play-by-play) and Brian Griese (analyst) will call the game for 9News with Rod Mackey reporting from the sideline.
On the radio, fans can listen to the contest on KOA: 850 AM/94.1 FM and The Fox: 103.5 FM. KNRV: 1150 AM will air a Spanish broadcast.
Thursday’s contest will begin at 8:00 p.m. MT. Chad Kelly will start the game for Denver and Paxton Lynch will play in the second half.
As the Denver Broncos head into their fourth and final preseason game, the only for sure positions locked up on the final 53-man roster are the 22 guys not suited up to play in this game. Chad Kelly and Paxton Lynch are not one of those guys, so it will be important for both of them to come out and play well.
Of those final 53 roster spots, realistically only a tiny handful of maybe two or three are truly in play during this final preseason game. The rest of those 37 players are playing to get tape on record for personnel evaluators around the league.
In this game, fans will need to continue deciding for themselves whether or not Chad Kelly is the future and confirm their belief that Paxton Lynch is not. Other than that, who knows which positions and players are truly making a case for one of those 53 active roster spots