Arizona Cardinals future odds update
The Cardinals were one of the teams suspected in taking a young quarterback in the draft, but they chose to address other needs and go with Carson Palmer as a stopgap measure. I can’t tell if the Cardinals are for real or if they are legitimately trying to tank so they can draft Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater. Either way, let’s take a look at their NFL futures odds and see if there is going to be any sort of value with the Cardinals in 2013.
As you can see, not too much is expected of the Cardinals this season in the future odds. They were 5-11 SU last season and 7-8-1 ATS and now with Bruce Ariens as the head coach and Palmer manning the quarterback spot for at least the next year or two, I doubt the Cardinals have any immediate value in the future odds or the game odds. Another .500 season ATS is likely even though they do seem a little undervalued in the Super Bowl odds. They are likely one of the worst teams in the NFL again, but I do think they will be competitive which could definitely affect their ATS record at the end of the season.
The Cardinals’ schedule is pretty rough for a season of rebuilding. Three of their first four games are on the road and none will be easy. Their home games aren’t any easier. With the exception of the Lions in Week 2 and the Rams late in the season, the Cardinals play the 49ers, Seahawks, Texans, Falcons, Panthers and Colts at home. I think a better bet than any for the Cardinals this season might be grabbing the number one pick in 2014. With a very tough schedule, a new head coach and quarterback, I don’t see the value shooting off of the Cardinals.
Carson Palmer is the big question mark for this team. He is going to be the guy all season. The Cardinals released or traded all their other QBs away. If he some how bounces back from his season in Oakland, and the Cardinals are able to protect him, I could see the Cardinals actually having some value. However both of those things would have to come true, and I don’t see that happening for the Cardinals.
Palmer is not the quarterback he was in Cincinnati, and with the exception of drafting a couple of guards to shore up the awful middle of that offensive line, the Cardinals have done absolutely nothing to improve their QB protection. They will likely still be in the 40-50 sacks given up area unless these rookies can prove themselves early.
All in all, there is little value anywhere to be had with NFL picks regarding the Cardinals. I hope Palmer has good insurance because he is probably going to take some hits this season like Kevin Kolb did last year in Arizona.