FBG says: Neutral matchup. Case Keenum continues to struggle as the leader of this Broncos passing offense, but his coaching staff remains committed to him despite clamoring for rookie Chad Kelly to take over. Keenum has had decent stats from a fantasy perspective in half of his games this season, passing for multiple touchdowns and over 320 yards in those three outings, two of which have now come in back to back games. Keenum also has at least one interception in every start though, as he is tied for a league-leading eight interceptions while sporting one of the lowest completion rates and quarterback ratings among starters. Keenum leaned heavily on Emmanuel Sanders again last week as Sanders racked up over 110 receiving yards and a touchdown for the second time this season. Sanders now has 24 targets in the last two games compared to just 10 targets for the next receiving option over that span. Demaryius Thomas remains a downfield and red zone threat as he found the end zone for the second straight week while Cortland Sutton continues to put up decent numbers considering his low reception volume. Sutton has tons of talent to make big plays but has yet to haul in more than three receptions in a game. Regardless, Sutton has still put up over 50 receiving yards with 1 touchdown over his last three games.
The Cardinals passing defense has been up and down this season with exceptional play from Patrick Peterson, but relatively unreliable coverage outside of that. Budda Baker looks to be better suited at safety than cornerback as he has flipped back and forth. Tre Boston has also played well in coverage at safety, but the linebackers for Arizona have proven to be very ineffective in coverage as Adam Thielen exploited them repeatedly last week. The stats for the Cardinals secondary are decent, but much of that can be attributed to Patrick Peterson and the lack of offenses needing to pass due to the weakness of the Cardinals' run defense. Their pass rush, however, has come alive in recent weeks with eight sacks in their last two games to help relieve some pressure from the secondary. Defensive end Chandler Jones, in particular, has found his groove after a relatively slow start, racking up at least one sack in four straight games with three sacks and two forced fumbles in his last two games. With Patrick Peterson locking down one side of the field, it will be up to Sanders to put up numbers out of the slot--an achievable feat considering what Adam Thielen did to this defense last week.