Bartel shines, Quinn struggles in Cardinals' win over Broncos

Posted Sept. 02, 2011 @ 1:38 a.m.
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By Bob Baum, AP Sports Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Brady Quinn, not Tim Tebow, had the rough game for Denver this time.

Quinn was just 4 of 12 for 26 yards with one interception in one half of play as the Broncos fell to the Arizona Cardinals 26-7 in the teams' final preseason game on Thursday night.

Tebow came on after halftime to complete 7 of 11 for 116 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown pass to Eron Riley with 2:57 to play.

Rich Bartel completed 12 of 16 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns in the first half for the Cardinals (2-2). Arizona's Jay Feely kicked field goals of 37, 25, 52 and 34 yards.

Former Philadelphia linebacker Stewart Bradley, signed as a free agent, intercepted Quinn's pass and returned it 27 yards to the Denver 10-yard line with 1:55 left in the first half to set up Feely's second field goal.

The Cardinals outgained Denver (2-2) 254-46 while building a 20-0 halftime lead. The Broncos had three first-half first downs, one by penalty. Quinn, who didn't play in the previous week's game against Seattle, completed 1 of 7 passes for 10 yards in the second quarter.

Arizona's first unit played one series with Kevin Kolb completing 1 of 2 passes for 3 yards.

Bartel, expected to open the season as Kolb's backup in part because John Skelton is sidelined with a high ankle sprain, completed 7 of his first 8 passes for 155 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns.

The first TD came on a short pass over the middle to LaRod Stephens-Howling, who dashed in for the score on a 19-yard play. The next time Arizona had the ball, Bartel found Chansi Stuckey wide open for a 48-yard touchdown. Denver cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson went down with a right Achilles' strain on the play and did not return.

``It doesn't matter that it's preseason or anything, you still have to go out and make plays and execute the offense,'' Bartel said.

Brodie Croyle, the former Kansas City backup signed when Skelton and Max Hall were injured, played the entire second half in his first game action for Arizona. He completed 10 of 16 for 104 yards.

The Broncos lost wide receiver Britt Davis to a head injury in the second quarter. Tight end Jim Dray, battling Stephen Spach for a spot on the Cardinals' 53-man roster, left the game in the first half with a left pectoral strain.

Stephens-Howling caught a touchdown pass for the second straight game.

``I love it. I love being a part of helping out the offense,'' he said. ``Having a bigger role in the offense now, it feels good.''

Arizona opens its regular season Sept. 11 at home against Carolina. Denver opens Monday night, Sept. 12, at Oakland.

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