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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Wrap-up: Cardinals 43, Broncos 13

By Bill Williamson

The humiliation continues for the Denver Broncos after this loss against the Arizona Cardinals.

What it means: The Broncos are now 3-10 after another discouraging defeat in which the 4-9 Cardinals used rookie John Skelton at quarterback.

Tomorrow’s talker: The Broncos are no better – at least for now – without Josh McDaniels than they were with him. In its first game since McDaniels was fired Monday after 23 months on the job, Denver was listless in a lopsided defeat under interim coach Eric Studesville, who was promoted from running backs coach hours after McDaniels was fired. It’s clear the only real change will happen after the season when Denver brings in a new regime.

Trending: The Cardinals entered the game on pace for the No. 5 pick and Denver was on pace for the No. 6 pick. It looks clear now the Broncos are in fine shape for a top-five pick. That might be the most attractive part of the job for prospective coaches.

What’s next: Denver has to go to Oakland to face the Raiders, who clubbed them, 59-14, in Denver in October. With Skelton winning Sunday, it has to make you wonder if the Broncos will use rookie quarterback Tim Tebow at any time this season. I doubt he’d make his starting debut at the Black Hole, though. Maybe he’ll play in Denver’s two final games, both at home, against Houston and Tennessee.