Schon: Broncos - Cardinals Live Game Notes

Schon's at it again- giving us all his inside notes from the final game of preseason as Denver travels to the Valley of the Sun to take on the Arizona Cardinals. Be sure to check out all the latest updates.

Ok, so here's the story…. it's way too hot for anything to survive in Arizona; none of the starters are expected to play and next week it's off to the Black Hole. I swear it's enough to start drinking. For anybody still interested I'll be busting out observations throughout the game as well as a wrap up at the conclusion of all this madness... be sure and refresh often for the latest updates

First Half -
It's Darrell Hackney vs. Kurt Warner in a battle extraordinaire… can there be anything more exciting? Broncos take the kick and go absolutely nowhere. Granted they moved 25-yards, but the end result is in a Sam Paulescu punt – 48-yards and the Cards take over on the seven. Kurt Warner three and out and the Broncs get a second chance. I'm so excited…

Ok, so the running game looks pretty well set. Michael Pittman and Anthony Alridge are battling it out for a final spot on the roster. Ryan Torrain remains as the trump card – my guess is they'll keep 4 tailbacks, including Ryan Torrain. Pittman will probably be split between a few different positions.

I may have been napping, but somewhere in all the excitement Matt Prater nailed it from 32-yards out and Denver takes a 3-0 lead. Darrell Hackeny is working his **s off. Yea, I know it's against the second and third string Cardinals, but you gotta admire the guy for his effort.

Matt Leinart, who's been banished to the second string, comes back and connects on a 17-yard touchdown strike and the Cardinals take the lead 7-3. I'm actually trying to suppress a yawn right now, and realize how stupid I must look to every other beat reporter around me.

Hackney's actually looking pretty good, but it's a skewed reference. I've never even heard of half of the guys currently on the field. Ten plays and 74-yards later Michael Pittman rolls it in from the one and Denver pulls out a 10-7 lead with more time than I care to mention on the clock. This is the stage where most media guys start looking for what's on the halftime menu.

Cardinals counterpunch with a 8 play, 64-yard touchdown drive with J.J. Arrington pulling it down from 26-yards out. AZ takes a 14-10 lead with a buck twenty-eight left on the board.

Broncos comeback amount to nothing and everyone heads to the locker content in knowing this game is pretty much a casting call for the third string, practice squad or at worst case the Arena League.

Arizona's got a fabulous buffet but I still haven't found any alcohol,,,

First half ends with AZ on top 14-10.

Cardinals counterpunch with a 8 play, 64-yard touchdown drive with J.J. Arrington pulling it down from 26-yards out. AZ takes a 14-10 lead with a buck twenty-eight left on the board.
< br> Broncos comeback amount to nothing and everyone heads to the locker content in knowing this game is pretty much a casting call for the third string, practice squad or at worst case the Arena League.

Arizona's got a fabulous buffet but I still haven't found any alcohol,,,

First half ends with AZ on top 14-10.

Second Half

Typical third quarter – nobody really does much of anything. Certain players stand out, but it's weighed out against the fact that the Cardinals are putting out their third squad, so you can't put to much weight on anything that happens. Nice hitting, but I'm still putting out the list of potential cuts... nothing personal…

Oh, by the way…. Cardinals nail it from …I can't believe the excitement…

Fifteen minutes left in the preseason and it's almost like then prom is coming to a close (except for the fact that I can't remember the prom).

Hackney. (my new best friend) , busts out with a big one in the fourth – 87-yards to Kerry Colbert, D.H. follows up with a two point conversion and the Broncos take a 21-14 advantage in the fourth. When it's all said and done the Broncos come out on top 28-14. Not that it really matters, but its time for everyone takes a seat and wait for the final cut downs. Either way, the Broncos appear to be right in the middle of the AFC West. And that in itself could be the biggest problem this season.

Raiders are on deck to open up the season… Broncos seem poised and I'm just looking forward to not ever betting on a single Denver game this season.





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