New Coach – Same Result as Broncos Slammed by Cardinals 43-13


It wasn’t the way that interim coach Eric Studesville wanted to start his more than likely short lived NFL career as the head coach of the Denver Broncos. No matter what the Broncos tried Sunday in the desert, it didn’t matter much, as the Cardinals creamed Denver winning going away 43-13.

The loss puts the Broncos at 3-10 on the season. Denver has now lost four in a row, and after starting the season 2-2, they have gone 1-8 in their last nine games.

Arizona kicker Jay Feely made up 25 of Arizona’s 43 points, rushing for his first career touchdown run to go with five field goals in the Cardinals 30-point win.

Kyle Orton had his worst game of the season, as he was 19-of-41 for 166 yards to go along with three picks. Knowshon Moreno compiled 113 yards from scrimmage and had a rushing touchdown in the loss.

Cardinals rookie QB John Skelton, making first career start, went 15-for-37 for 146 yards, as the Cardinals got their first win against the Broncos while also snapping a seven-game slide. Tim Hightower rushed for a career-high 148 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries for Arizona.

The Broncos’ opening drive went 73 yards and led to a 32-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka 4 1/2 minutes in. Arizona was able to knot the game at three on Feely’s 26-yard field goal later in the first before moving ahead for good.

Feely’s second field goal — a 48-yarder — came three minutes into the second quarter. Kerry Rhodes produced two consecutive takeaways for the Arizona defense, with the second coming on an interception of Orton that put the Cardinals at the opposing 24 with six minutes until halftime.

Arizona set up for a 22-yard field goal from the five-yard line, but ran a trick play instead of kicking, as place holder Ben Graham flipped the ball to Feely, who scurried five yards into the end zone to provide a 13-3 lead.

Feely continued his memorable game by hammering a 55-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the half giving his team a 16-3 lead at the break.

Feely opened the second half scoring with a 23-yard field goal and also missed a 49-yard attempt with 1:03 left in the same quarter.

During the next play, Orton fumbled the ball to give it back to Arizona on the 39-yard line. The offense then traveled only eight yards, and Feely redeemed himself with a 49-yarder, making the score 22-3.

Denver got back on the board thanks to a Hightower fumble on the 25-yard line. The Broncos traveled only 13 yards, though, and had to settle for a Hauschka 30-yard field goal

It became a 29-6 contest when Hightower scored an eight-yard touchdown. He set up the TD run with a 41-yard scamper two plays prior. Denver added a late score with 3:31 to play when Moreno dove from one-yard out

Hightower answered back, bouncing a 35-yard touchdown run 27 seconds later, and Daryle Washington returned an interception 40 yards before fumbling it into the end zone. Darnell Dockett, though, fell on the ball in the end zone for the touchdown to account for the final margin. Originally, Washington was given the 40-yard TD return, but officials ruled it a fumble after the game.

The Broncos will look to snap their four-game losing streak when they travel to Oakland next Sunday to play the Raiders.


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