Broncos Vs. Cardinals: Denver Finishes Preseason With 26-7 Loss

The Denver Broncos lost to the Arizona Cardinals, closing the preseason with a 2-2 record.

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Broncos Vs. Cardinals Final Score: Tim Tebow TD Pass Ends Threat Of Shutout, But Denver Falls To Arizona, 26-7

Tim Tebow did for the Denver Broncos what Brady Quinn was unable to do during his time in the game: put points on the board. Shutout for until the final three minutes of the game, Tebow directed the Broncos to a touchdown on a six-play, 94-yard drive. On his second consecutive pass to Eron Riley, Tebow hit his receiver for a 43-yard touchdown pass and six points. Matt Prater added the extra point, bringing the game to its final 26-7 score.

That drive by Tebow took up nearly half of the team's total yards, which stood at 200 at that moment. A poor first half by Brady Quinn (4-of-12, 26 yards, 1 INT) stalled the offense. Adam Weber did come in during the final minute of the game and was promptly sacked. He made up for it with a pass to Eron Riley that went for 89 yards. Weber attempted to scramble for a touchdown on the last play of the game, but he fell short of the goal line as time expired.

Ronald Bartel (12-of-16, 216 yards, 2 TD) and Brodie Croyle (10-of-16, 104 yards) exploited a porous Broncos secondary composed of second- and third-teamers. William Powell pounded away on the ground, needing 29 carries to come up with 60 yards.

The Broncos finish the preseason with a 2-2 record and open the season on Monday, Sept. 12 against the Oakland Raiders in Denver.

For more on the Broncos, visit Mile High Report. Check out Revenge of the Birds and SB Nation Arizona for more on the Cardinals.

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Broncos Vs. Cardinals Score: Brady Quinn, Denver Unimpressive In 1st Half, Losing At Halftime, 20-0

If the first half has taught anything to the Denver Broncos, it's that there is a significant talent gap between the first team and the second team. The Broncos are down at halftime to the Arizona Cardinals, 20-0. Plus, injuries have become an issue for the Broncos. Syd'Quan Thompson, Nate Irving and Britt Davis all left the game due to injury.

Brady Quinn has not looked sharp, He's made several bad throws, has had one pass intercepted and several others had a chance to wind up in the defender's hands. He went 4-of-12 for 26 yards.

The Cardinals offense clicked throughout the first quarter. Richard Bartel threw two touchdowns passes, a 19-yard one and a 48-yarder. Darcel McBath did pick him off on a nice play, but the Broncos couldn't capitalize on it. The rush defense has been solid, but tackling by the linebackers and pass coverage by the secondary has been lacking at times. Receiver Chansi Stuckey has 99 yards on four receptions.

Tim Tebow should play for the Broncos in the second half while Adam Weber has a chance to finally see some action later in the fourth quarter. Maybe the bad football will end in the second half.

For more on the Broncos, visit Mile High Report. Check out Revenge of the Birds and SB Nation Arizona for more on the Cardinals.

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