The Cardinals had a very good season last year, but they fell outside of the playoffs in the final week of the season after a loss to the 49ers. Now after a good offseason, do the Cards have some NFL odds value in the futures?
Super Bowl (+5000)
Even after going 10-6 SU last season, and possibly getting even better in the offseason, the Cardinals are almost being disrespected in the NFL odds to win the Super Bowl. At +5000, the Cardinals are below teams like the Redskins, Falcons, Lions and Giants in the Super Bowl odds, and not only were they WAY better than all four of those teams a season ago, they are going to be better than all four of them this season. While I can’t bring myself to recommend the Cardinals in the Super Bowl odds based on their division, if this is any indication of how the Cards will be valued in the NFL odds ATS, they will once again be very profitable. Arizona was the best team ATS last season at 11-5, and if the above number is how undervalued the Cards will be, they might have another ten-ATS-win season.
Much like their NFL odds to win the NFC, the Cardinals are undervalued in the NFC odds as well. While it still may not be wise to place a wager on them to go to the Super Bowl, the Cardinals are priced in behind teams that are way overvalued. The Cards’ defense was their main weapon last season, and it has only gotten stronger this offseason. Even after losing Karlos Dansby, and Jasper Brinkley to free agency, the Cardinals’ defense should still be extremely powerful. They were number one against the run last season, and with most of their defense outside of those two linebackers intact, they should still be a solid run stopping defense. Their secondary got a lot better with the drafting of Deone Bucannon to man the strong safety position, and with the Honey Badger alongside, the Cards’ secondary should be improved from 2013.
NFC West (+1000)
While it may have been far-fetched to believe that the Cardinals could have competed to win the NFC West last season, they were only a few games away from winning it just last season. At 10-6, Arizona was only one game out of the playoffs, and three games back of the Super Bowl champs at the end of the season. After an offseason of getting better, this team could very well compete for the West, once again.
The Seahawks have lost plenty from their Super Bowl team, and while the 49ers may be getting back on track, their chances of getting beaten up during the course of the season are high. The Cardinals have a solid offense along with one of the better defenses in the NFC, and with that they could win another ten or eleven games. Carson Palmer’s obviously not going to win Arizona any Super Bowl, but he could be good enough to win enough games for the division. At +1000, the Cards are a great value as a NFL pick that has even a small chance to win the division.