Thursday Night Football 2018

Thursday Night Football Live Week 7 Schedule, Odds And Pro Picks.The Denver Broncos are traveling to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football, kicking off Week 7 of the 2018 NFL season tonight at 8:20 p.m. ET. Neither side has had a great start to their respective campaigns and both are coming off brutal losses this past Sunday. The Cardinals were looking like they could potentially upset the Minnesota Vikings to nab their second win of the year, but fell apart by giving up a pair of third quarter touchdowns. The Broncos dropped their fourth straight after a comeback bid against the undefeated Los Angeles Rams came up just short, ultimately losing by three points in a game that was closer than many expected.

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The Broncos are desperate to get off the schneid and finally get the type of offensive production they were hoping for when they signed quarterback Case Keenum away from the Vikings in free agency. Keenum has been maddeningly inconsistent for Denver, throwing for seven touchdowns against eight interceptions. This has the Mile High fanbase clamoring for second-year signal-caller Chad Kelly to get a chance under center, but the starter’s job could be safe with a strong outing in front of a nationally televised audience this evening.

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Arizona’s woes on the offensive end are even worse, however, with the club ranking dead last in total offense after averaging a paltry 220 yards per game this season. Running back David Johnson hasn’t lived up to his star billing and $39 million contract he signed in September, generating just 297 yards on 92 carries at the helm of the league’s worst rushing attack. Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen has shown flashes of the talent that made him the No. 10 overall pick in the draft, but the Cardinals are 31st in the NFL in passing offense with an insignificant average of 156.5 yards per game through the air.

Oddsmakers believe Denver will win a close one tonight, opening the squad as a 2.5-point favorite on the road. Early action has dropped that line to DEN -1.5, which indicates this game could be quite intriguing even if the participants have a combined total of three wins and aren’t looking like playoff contenders this season. Don’t get your hopes up for a shootout though, considering the books have pegged the over/under at a meager 42 points. That’s at least more than the original mark, which was set at 40.5 before being bet up. It’s the second-lowest total of Week 7, just slightly ahead of the 41.5-point over/under in the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry game on Sunday.

For those looking for advice on how to bet this game, you’ve come to the right place. Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has provided his lean on the outcome for readers at the end of this article. Before getting to that, check out the complete schedule, start times, viewing info, live stream site and odds for not only Thursday Night Football, but all of Week 7’s matchups. You can also check out notable betting trends, relevant tweets and quotes from star players and coaches regarding tonight’s showdown between the Cardinals and Broncos.

Broncos vs Cardinals

Broncos vs Cardinals preview: Welcome to do-or-die Thursday Night Football.. The Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals enter the short week in similar positions — with their respective seasons hanging by a fingernail, as well the job security for the two head coaches. At least there’s drama for a Broncos game, though the most intriguing aspect of Thursday’s game will come from who loses and the course of action that team chooses to take.

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Vance Joseph and the Broncos were in a similar position a few weeks ago against Todd Bowlesand the New York Jets. We all know what happened next. Will Joseph and his squad save another team and head coach? Given the success rate Denver has on the road, it’s a safe bet at this point. In 10 road games under Joseph, the Broncos are 1-9. Denver (2-4) can’t win on the road in a normal week, yet somehow Joseph and this team will do it on a short one against a bad Cardinals (1-5) team?

As Adam Malnati and I said on the latest MHR Radio Podcast, make no mistake, Arizona is bad. The Broncos should win this game, but, again, how many times have we said that the last two seasons only to come away angered and shocked by the outcome?

Denver: Twelfth in overall offense (220.5 yards), 10th in rushing (124.2), 16th in passing (263.5) and 26th in points (20.0).

Denver: Twenty-seventh in overall defense (403.8 yards), 32nd in rushing (161.3), 11th in passing (242.5) and tied for 21st in points (25.7).

Arizona: Twenty-fourth in overall defense (394.3 yards), 32nd in rushing (151.2), 12th in passing (243.2) and tied for 13th in points (23.2).

Here are our keys to the game.

I’m not asking for the Broncos to completely shut Arizona’s running game down. That is impossible and completely unrealistic at this point. What I mean is the rush defense simply can’t allow another running back to rush for 200 yards. The defense can surrender 199, but don’t allow the third-straight back to get 200. — Ian St. Clair

I’m going to go out on a limb here and get real edgy. Take a moment to get ready for this, folks: I’d suggest that we actually play to the strength on offense (rushing) and run the ball consistently to set up play action passes. Especially against a Cardinals team that’s giving up an average of 151 rushing yards per game so far. Case Keenum was a top QB in the NFL last year, due mostly to his skill at play action and how the Minnesota Vikings used that. He also sucks in the pocket. And yet the Broncos are one of the teams in the NFL that uses play action the least, and might use it the very least. Instead, Denver keeps Keenum in the pocket all the time. Because logic escapes the coaches, it seems. So my key to the game this week is for Bill Musgrave to not be an enormous idiot and actually fit his offense to his players. — Taylor Kothe

Give the headset back to Joe Woods on defense and tell your players to go back to playing aggressively like they did the first two weeks of the season; especially in the running game. Yes, the Broncos secondary can get burned by play action, but tell them to sack up and play better. You can’t keep letting runners get 5-8 yards downfield before first contact and play winning defense. — Sadaraine

What astounds me the most is that Joseph is acknowledging that he’s fighting for his coaching career, yet his change is to bench your best guard. Look, holding a team, any team, to 23 points should be enough to win with. But Denver’s offense can’t score at all. So why in the world would Joseph keep trotting out the QB who got him to this “do-or-die” point? That’s the definition of insanity and what a coach so over his head that he can’t even use common sense looks like. Bench that worthless QB for the unknown. Keenum got you here, so if you want to keep circling the drain, by all means, keep Keenum in. But if you want a shot to win this game and keep your job, the actual change that needs to be made is to the person who touches the ball on every offensive play. Keenum got you here, and you desperately need to get out of this position. So why would you think he’s the answer? Put in Chad Kelly if Keenum goes back-to-back drives with a punt or turnover. Enough is enough. Kelly is the only way we win this game. — Pete Baron

The key to the game is the same as it has been since the beginning of the year. Nothing changes here. It’s about running the ball, and stopping the run. However, none of that matters if the Broncos can’t have some pride in their play. They have to decide: Is the season over, or are they going to fight for a victory? Short weeks are a huge indicator of the character of a team. Denver should win this game. The Broncos probably will, but they have to show they still have some fight, or nothing else will matter the rest of the season. — Adam Malnati

It’s plainly obvious that the fans, for once, know better than the coaching staff. The fan rhetoric is often absurd during losing streaks, but this time the calls to rely more on the league-leading rushing attack are spot on. Instead, week after week, Musgrave is focused on throwing the ball 70 percent of the time with disastrous results. At this point, is he just sandbagging? I’m starting to wonder …

Thursday Night Football 2018

Thursday Night Football 2018: The NFL heads west for Thursday Night Football when the Arizona Cardinals host the Denver Broncos at 8:20 p.m. ET. After Arizona notched its first win of the season, it lost last Sunday at Minnesota, while Denver, after a 2-0 start, is reeling after four consecutive losses. Expect these desperate squads to hit the field with plenty of passion with their seasons on the line. The Cardinals opened as 1.5-point favorites, but the line has swung all the way to Broncos -1.5 in the latest Broncos vs. Cardinals odds. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, as climbed a field goal after opening at 39.5. Before you make any Broncos vs. Cardinals picks, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

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The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Sports Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who have followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

It went a blistering 13-2 straight up in Week 6, including calling the Steelers’ outright upset of the Bengals and the Patriots knocking off the previously unbeaten Chiefs. The model is now on an impressive 61-41 run on all of its top-rated picks, and anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has simulated the Broncos vs. Cardinals 10,000 times to produce a strong against-the-spread pick that hits well over 50 percent of time time. This pick is available only at SportsLine.

The model knows rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has been lighting up the league. Having usurped Royce Freeman’s No. 1 spot in the backfield, Lindsay has been gouging defenses to the tune of 5.7 yards per carry. In addition to his 346 yards and one rushing TD, he’s become a security blanket for quarterback Case Keenumwhen he’s feeling the heat of blitzing linemen. In fact, Lindsay has snagged 14 receptions for 113 yards and one score. He had six last week alone.

Freeman is having a solid year as well, leading the team with three touchdowns on 272 yards. Denver is 10th in the NFL in rushing yards per game at 124.2.

Just because the Broncos can run the ball efficiently doesn’t mean they’ll cover on Thursday Night Football.

Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen, in his rookie year, has developed an immediate rapport with wideout Christian Kirk. The Texas A&M rookie leads the Cardinals in receiving yards with 311 and has illustrated big-play potential with 12.4 yards per catch and a 75-yard touchdown reception. The venerable Larry Fitzgerald is Arizona’s top receiver with 35 snags.

Arizona’s defense has also excelled. The Cardinals are in the top half of the NFL in points allowed (23.2 per game) and passing yards allowed (243.2).

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Thursday Night Football: The NFL heads west for Thursday Night Football when the Arizona Cardinals host the Denver Broncos at 8:20 p.m. ET. After Arizona notched its first win of the season, it lost last Sunday at Minnesota, while Denver, after a 2-0 start, is reeling after four consecutive losses. Expect these desperate squads to hit the field with plenty of passion with their seasons on the line. The Cardinals opened as 1.5-point favorites, but the line has swung all the way to Broncos -1.5 in the latest Broncos vs. Cardinals odds. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, as climbed a field goal after opening at 39.5. Before you make any Broncos vs. Cardinals picks, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

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The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Sports Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who have followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

It went a blistering 13-2 straight up in Week 6, including calling the Steelers’ outright upset of the Bengals and the Patriots knocking off the previously unbeaten Chiefs. The model is now on an impressive 61-41 run on all of its top-rated picks, and anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has simulated the Broncos vs. Cardinals 10,000 times to produce a strong against-the-spread pick that hits well over 50 percent of time time. This pick is available only at SportsLine.

The model knows rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has been lighting up the league. Having usurped Royce Freeman’s No. 1 spot in the backfield, Lindsay has been gouging defenses to the tune of 5.7 yards per carry. In addition to his 346 yards and one rushing TD, he’s become a security blanket for quarterback Case Keenumwhen he’s feeling the heat of blitzing linemen. In fact, Lindsay has snagged 14 receptions for 113 yards and one score. He had six last week alone.

Freeman is having a solid year as well, leading the team with three touchdowns on 272 yards. Denver is 10th in the NFL in rushing yards per game at 124.2.

Just because the Broncos can run the ball efficiently doesn’t mean they’ll cover on Thursday Night Football.

Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen, in his rookie year, has developed an immediate rapport with wideout Christian Kirk. The Texas A&M rookie leads the Cardinals in receiving yards with 311 and has illustrated big-play potential with 12.4 yards per catch and a 75-yard touchdown reception. The venerable Larry Fitzgerald is Arizona’s top receiver with 35 snags.

Arizona’s defense has also excelled. The Cardinals are in the top half of the NFL in points allowed (23.2 per game) and passing yards allowed (243.2).

Broncos vs Cardinals

Broncos vs Cardinals: The Denver Broncos are traveling to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football, kicking off Week 7 of the 2018 NFL season tonight at 8:20 p.m. ET. Neither side has had a great start to their respective campaigns and both are coming off brutal losses this past Sunday.

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The Cardinals were looking like they could potentially upset the Minnesota Vikings to nab their second win of the year, but fell apart by giving up a pair of third quarter touchdowns. The Broncos dropped their fourth straight after a comeback bid against the undefeated Los Angeles Rams came up just short, ultimately losing by three points in a game that was closer than many expected.

The Broncos are desperate to get off the schneid and finally get the type of offensive production they were hoping for when they signed quarterback Case Keenum away from the Vikings in free agency. Keenum has been maddeningly inconsistent for Denver, throwing for seven touchdowns against eight interceptions. This has the Mile High fanbase clamoring for second-year signal-caller Chad Kelly to get a chance under center, but the starter’s job could be safe with a strong outing in front of a nationally televised audience this evening. Arizona’s woes on the offensive end are even worse, however, with the club ranking dead last in total offense after averaging a paltry 220 yards per game this season. Running back David Johnson hasn’t lived up to his star billing and $39 million contract he signed in September, generating just 297 yards on 92 carries at the helm of the league’s worst rushing attack. Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen has shown flashes of the talent that made him the No. 10 overall pick in the draft, but the Cardinals are 31st in the NFL in passing offense with an insignificant average of 156.5 yards per game through the air.

Oddsmakers believe Denver will win a close one tonight, opening the squad as a 2.5-point favorite on the road. Early action has dropped that line to DEN -1.5, which indicates this game could be quite intriguing even if the participants have a combined total of three wins and aren’t looking like playoff contenders this season. Don’t get your hopes up for a shootout though, considering the books have pegged the over/under at a meager 42 points. That’s at least more than the original mark, which was set at 40.5 before being bet up. It’s the second-lowest total of Week 7, just slightly ahead of the 41.5-point over/under in the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry game on Sunday.

For those looking for advice on how to bet this game, you’ve come to the right place. Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has provided his lean on the outcome for readers at the end of this article. Before getting to that, check out the complete schedule, start times, viewing info, live stream site and odds for not only Thursday Night Football, but all of Week 7’s matchups. You can also check out notable betting trends, relevant tweets and quotes from star players and coaches regarding tonight’s showdown between the Cardinals and Broncos.

Cardinals vs Broncos

The NFL heads west for Thursday Night Football when the Arizona Cardinals host the Denver Broncos at 8:20 p.m. ET. After Arizona notched its first win of the season, it lost last Sunday at Minnesota, while Denver, after a 2-0 start, is reeling after four consecutive losses. Expect these desperate squads to hit the field with plenty of passion with their seasons on the line. The Cardinals opened as 1.5-point favorites, but the line has swung all the way to Broncos -1.5 in the latest Broncos vs. Cardinals odds. The Over-Under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, as climbed a field goal after opening at 39.5. Before you make any Broncos vs. Cardinals picks, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

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The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Sports Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who have followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

It went a blistering 13-2 straight up in Week 6, including calling the Steelers’ outright upset of the Bengals and the Patriots knocking off the previously unbeaten Chiefs. The model is now on an impressive 61-41 run on all of its top-rated picks, and anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has simulated the Broncos vs. Cardinals 10,000 times to produce a strong against-the-spread pick that hits well over 50 percent of time time. This pick is available only at SportsLine.

The model knows rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has been lighting up the league. Having usurped Royce Freeman’s No. 1 spot in the backfield, Lindsay has been gouging defenses to the tune of 5.7 yards per carry. In addition to his 346 yards and one rushing TD, he’s become a security blanket for quarterback Case Keenumwhen he’s feeling the heat of blitzing linemen. In fact, Lindsay has snagged 14 receptions for 113 yards and one score. He had six last week alone.

Freeman is having a solid year as well, leading the team with three touchdowns on 272 yards. Denver is 10th in the NFL in rushing yards per game at 124.2.

Just because the Broncos can run the ball efficiently doesn’t mean they’ll cover on Thursday Night Football.

Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen, in his rookie year, has developed an immediate rapport with wideout Christian Kirk. The Texas A&M rookie leads the Cardinals in receiving yards with 311 and has illustrated big-play potential with 12.4 yards per catch and a 75-yard touchdown reception. The venerable Larry Fitzgerald is Arizona’s top receiver with 35 snags.

Arizona’s defense has also excelled. The Cardinals are in the top half of the NFL in points allowed (23.2 per game) and passing yards allowed (243.2).

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Broncos Cardinals: The Denver Broncos are 7-1 straight up and 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games against the Arizona Cardinals. In the first meeting between these two teams since 2014, the Broncos hope to continue their historic dominance over the Cardinals this Thursday night on the road.

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Denver is a 1.5-point road favorite in Glendale at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Cardinals are 12-3 SU in their last 15 home games coming off a loss in their most recent home game.

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Coming off a career year with Minnesota last year in which he threw for 22 touchdowns and only seven interceptions in 15 games, Case Keenum signed a two-year, $36 million deal with the Broncos this offseason. That deal has not paid off for the Broncos in 2018 as Keenum has already surpassed last season’s interception total with an ugly 7-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Since starting the season off 2-0 SU with wins over Seattle and Oakland, the Broncos have peeled off four straight losses and are just 1-4-1 ATS on the year.

The Broncos have struggled badly on the road over the last two seasons with a 1-11 SU and ATS record in their last 12 road games per the OddsShark NFL Database.

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona entered the 2018 season projected to be one of the league’s worst teams, and so far the Cardinals have lived up to that projection.

The Cardinals are 1-5 SU and have averaged only 13.7 points per game. Despite their poor overall results, the Cardinals have actually been profitable this season with a 3-2-1 ATS record that includes a current stretch of 3-0-1 ATS over the team’s last four games.

Thursday night’s total is set at 42 points. The OVER is 7-0 in the last seven games between Denver and Arizona.

A matchup between the 26th scoring offense in the NFL and the 31st scoring offense in the NFL doesn’t exactly suggest an action-packed game is on the horizon this Thursday night. Still, bad football is better than no football, and the fact that these two teams are so evenly matched could wind up producing a close and interesting game down the stretch.

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The Denver Broncos are 7-1 straight up and 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games against the Arizona Cardinals. In the first meeting between these two teams since 2014, the Broncos hope to continue their historic dominance over the Cardinals this Thursday night on the road.

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Denver is a 1.5-point road favorite in Glendale at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Cardinals are 12-3 SU in their last 15 home games coming off a loss in their most recent home game.

Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals

When: Thursday, October 18, 8:20 p.m. ET

Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Betting Line / Total: Denver -1.5 / 42 Points

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Denver Broncos

Coming off a career year with Minnesota last year in which he threw for 22 touchdowns and only seven interceptions in 15 games, Case Keenum signed a two-year, $36 million deal with the Broncos this offseason. That deal has not paid off for the Broncos in 2018 as Keenum has already surpassed last season’s interception total with an ugly 7-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Since starting the season off 2-0 SU with wins over Seattle and Oakland, the Broncos have peeled off four straight losses and are just 1-4-1 ATS on the year.

The Broncos have struggled badly on the road over the last two seasons with a 1-11 SU and ATS record in their last 12 road games per the OddsShark NFL Database.

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona entered the 2018 season projected to be one of the league’s worst teams, and so far the Cardinals have lived up to that projection.

The Cardinals are 1-5 SU and have averaged only 13.7 points per game. Despite their poor overall results, the Cardinals have actually been profitable this season with a 3-2-1 ATS record that includes a current stretch of 3-0-1 ATS over the team’s last four games.

Thursday night’s total is set at 42 points. The OVER is 7-0 in the last seven games between Denver and Arizona.

A matchup between the 26th scoring offense in the NFL and the 31st scoring offense in the NFL doesn’t exactly suggest an action-packed game is on the horizon this Thursday night. Still, bad football is better than no football, and the fact that these two teams are so evenly matched could wind up producing a close and interesting game down the stretch.

For more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the OddsShark podcast with Jon Campbell and Andrew Avery. Subscribe on iTunes or Spotify or listen to it at OddsShark.libsyn.com.

Stanford vs Arizona State

Stanford vs Arizona State:Stanford Cardinal vs Arizona State Sun Devils Football – October 18, 2018 – Pac-12. Our advanced computer model simulated Thursday’s Stanford vs. Arizona State game 10000 times. The stars will be out in primetime as Stanford and Arizona State kick if off on Thursday night in Tempe. The big question will be whether or not

Plenty of star power will be on display Thursday when the Arizona State Sun Devils host the Stanford Cardinal at 9 p.m. ET, but the biggest play-maker might not suit up. Heisman Trophy hopeful Bryce Love is questionable with an ankle injury that kept him out of the Cardinal’s last game. Herm Edwards, in his first year coaching the Sun Devils, is off to a 3-3 start. Stanford opened as a three-point road favorite and now is laying 2.5. The over-under, which opened at 51.5, has ballooned to 56.5 in the latest Arizona State vs. Stanford odds. Before you make any Arizona State vs. Stanford picks, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

The advanced computer model simulates every FBS game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. In the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors. The model made some huge calls in Week 7, including nailing Iowa State’s outright upset of No. 6 West Virginia. It also picked Virginia (+7) in the Cavaliers’ huge upset of No. 16 Miami, and recommended LSU (+7) against the spread for its upset of No. 2 Georgia. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has simulated Stanford vs. Arizona State 10,000 times. We can tell you the over hits in over 50 percent of simulations, but it has also produced a strong against-the-spread pick that hits well over 60 percent of the time. This pick is available only at SportsLine.

The model knows the Cardinal’s confidence might be sagging if Love is unable to play. For the season, the senior rusher has 327 yards at 4.3 yards per pop, but for his career, he’s netting 7.2 yards a carry. Luckily, Stanford has plenty of firepower in its offensive arsenal if he can’t go.

Quarterback K.J. Costello is coming off a 381-yard performance against Utah on 26-for-41 passing. He will be trying to get the ball into the hands of star wideout J.J. Arcega-Whiteside early and often. The 6-foot-3 senior is a marvelous mix of speed, bulk and agility. He has 30 receptions for 541 yards — a dominating average of 18 yards per catch — and eight touchdowns.

Just because Stanford has plenty of weapons even without Love doesn’t mean it will cover Thursday.

Sun Devils quarterback Manny Wilkins is completing 64 percent of his attempts and has an impressive touchdown-to-interception ratio of 11-to-1. He eclipsed the 7,000-yard career mark in his previous start against Colorado and has thrown 43 career touchdown passes. He also has racked up 157 rushing yards and two more scores.

Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin is enjoying a remarkable season. He has rushed for 715 yards, netting 5.7 yards per pop. He has also found the end zone seven times.

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The Cardinal (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) hopes to break its two-game losing streak, and improve on a rushing offense that’s 126th among 129 teams in FBS at 85.7 yards per game, when it visits Arizona State (3-3, 1-2) Thursday at 6 p.m.

“Not only have we not reached our potential, I don’t think we’ve approached it,” Shaw said. “We’ve had glimpses in the pass game, glimpses defending the pass, glimpses defending the run at times. But we haven’t put a complete game together, let alone a 3-4 game span where we’re playing our best.”

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How much better did Stanford get in the 12 days since the 40-21 home loss to Utah? Shaw said the most important thing was rest and recovery, though it also allowed the team to fine-tune its fundamentals – “really get back to make sure we’re stepping with the right foot, putting our hands where they’re supposed to be.”

Stanford is 10-4 under Shaw when coming off a bye week.

One of the biggest keys will be getting off to a good start. The Cardinal has been outscored 38-14 in the first quarter but have outscored opponents 140-94 after that.

“We have to start games better,” Shaw said. “We can’t start playing when we’re down 7, down 14, and then play our best football just to get back in the game.”Bryce Love had a Stanford-record 301 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 34-24 win over Arizona State last season. He has similar numbers this year (327 rushing yards and three touchdowns) – but it’s for all four games he has played this season. Even if he comes back from an ankle injury that caused him to miss the Utah game, the Cardinal hasn’t had its customary success on the ground.

As reasons for the decline, Shaw mentioned injuries to the offensive line and Love, the quality of defenses Stanford has faced, getting behind early in games, and being more effective in the pass game.

Instead, it is Arizona State’s Eno Benjamin who is coming off three straight 100-yard games, including 312 yards against Oregon State. Benjamin’s 119.2 yards per game ranks sixth nationally, which doesn’t bode well for a Stanford defense that has allowed a 100-yard rusher in three consecutive games (CJ Verdell of Oregon, Dexter Williams of Notre Dame and Zach Moss of Utah).

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Stanford has compensated for its lack of run game with quarterback K.J. Costello, whose three 300-yard passing games this season are the most for the program since Andrew Luck had five in 2011. Against Utah, Stanford had three 100-yard receivers (tight end Kaden Smith and wideouts JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Trenton Irwin) in the same game for the first time in 21 years.

Arizona State is also multi-dimensional. Wide receiver N’Keal Harry was an AP preseason all-America second-team selection, while senior quarterback Manny Wilkins has thrown 11 touchdowns and only one interception.“The hard part is accounting for a very good running back and a very good receiver, and a quarterback who is not going to be surprised by anything that we do,” Shaw said. “It’s really the combination that we have to be most concerned about. We have to be better slowing down the running game, but knowing we can’t sacrifice the big plays to the receiver either.”

To top it off, the Sun Devils take great care of the ball. They have committed only two turnovers, best in the nation.

Red Sox vs Astros

Red Sox vs Astros: The Boston Red Sox are on the verge of advancing to their first World Series since 2013.

However, securing the first spot in the 2018 Fall Classic won’t be easy, as Boston sends David Price to the mound in Game 5 of the ALCS to oppose Houston’s Justin Verlander.

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Thursday’s Game 5 at Minute Maid Park comes a day after an epic Game 4, which ended on a remarkable diving catch in left field by Andrew Benintendi.

On paper, Houston has the edge entering Game 5 because of Verlander’s postseason success and Price’s playoff struggles. But while both will have an impact on the game, it will be the hitters who once again make the biggest difference in the ALCS.

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Start Time: 8:09 p.m. ET

TV: TBS

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Verlander and the clutch hitters in the Houston lineup will be the reason the ALCS shifts back to Fenway Park for Game 6 on Saturday.

The experienced ace of the Houston pitching staff found a way to silence the Boston bats in Game 1, as he gave up two earned runs in six innings.

Even though the Red Sox scored at least seven runs in Games 2, 3 and 4, Verlander will put a stop to their success at the plate to give his team a chance to come from behind and win the series in Boston.

In his career, Verlander’s made six starts in Game 5 or later in the postseason. In those outings, he’s given up seven earned runs and held opposing lineups scoreless in three of those appearances.

In Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS, the 35-year-old was dominant, holding the New York Yankees to five hits over seven scoreless innings.

Conversely, Price started three games in Game 5 or later in a postseason series, and he’s given up three earned runs in each of his past two appearances late in a series.

Overall, the left-hander has struggled to match his regular-season success in the playoffs, and his 4.2-inning outing in Game 2, during which he gave up four earned runs on five hits, was deemed a success compared to his previous horrendous starts.

At the plate, George Springer and Carlos Correa will be the difference-makers for the Astros—just like they were in Game 4.

Springer, who added three hits in Game 4 to his growing total of 39 postseason base knocks, wasn’t affected by the move down to the No. 2 spot in the order behind Alex Bregman.

Correa shifted down the No. 7 hole and produced three hits of his own, including a two-out RBI single in the fifth inning.

The Houston shortstop excels with runners in scoring position and two outs, as he has an average of .261 with 12 home runs and 81 RBI in that situation in his career.

Price’s inconsistency on the mound will allow the Houston hitters to reach base early in Game 5 to set up scoring opportunities for Springer and Correa, as well as Bregman at the top of the order.

After Verlander tosses six or seven solid innings, he will hand the ball over to Ryan Pressly, Lance McCullers and Roberto Osuna. They will send the series back to Boston by continuing Verlander’s dominance against the Boston bats.