The Cardinals got off to a 9-1 start last year but went 2-4 the rest of the way after losing Carson Palmer to a torn ACL. Are big things in store for 2015 with Palmer back?
The 2015 NFL regular season begins next week on Thursday, September 10th, but before we get to Kickoff Weekend, we will be here daily presenting team profiles in an attempt to assist you with your NFL picks in advance that opener. Today we are profiling the Arizona Cardinals, who finished 11-5 in 2014 and in second place in the NFC West before losing to the Carolina Panthers in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs.
First of all, here is a summary of the Arizona betting statistics over the past five seasons. Note all of these statistics are for regular season games only.
Arizona Cardinals Betting Stats, 2010 through 2014
|Over – Under||22-17-1||15-24-1||37-41-2|
|Avg. Total Score||42.6||39.9||41.3|
The Cardinals rarely get blown out, and that has made them very good underdogs over the last five years cashing at a 56.9 percent clip ATS in that role overall including 63.2 percent as home underdogs over 19 occurrences. Also note the very low scoring road games for Arizona, with the ‘under’ going 61.5 percent away from the desert.
Key Trend: The ‘under’ is 15-7-1, 68.2 percent in Arizona road games when coming off of a straight up win.
Next we take a look at the Cardinals’ statistical summary for the 2014 season.
2014 Arizona Cardinals Team Statistics (Per Game)
|Offense||Off. Rank||Defense||Def. Rank|
|Yds. Per Rush||3.2||32nd||4.4||26th|
|Yds Per Pass||6.5||22nd||7.1||21st|
|Yds. Per Play||5.2||30th||6.0||25th|
Carson Palmer may have his critics as a quarterback, but the Cardinals had virtually no running game and a disappointing defense last year, and unfortunately Palmer’s value to the team became more obvious after he was lost with a torn ACL, culminating with a historically dreadful performance by Ryan Lindley in the Wild Card loss at Carolina when he passed for just 82 yards and lost 31 yards in sacks, leaving Arizona with 51 net passing yards!
And now we take a peek at various Arizona Future Odds for this 2015 season from several sportsbooks. You can view these and other future and prop odds on the Sportsbook Review Futures and Prop Bets Directory.
2015 Arizona Cardinals NFL Futures
|Super Bowl Odds||+2800||+2950||+2500||+2700|
|NFC Conf. Odds||+1350||+1500||+1200||+1300|
|NFC West Odds||+650||+544||+400||+575|
|Win Total||8½ ov-110||8½ ov-112||8½ ov-150||8½ ov-125|
The Cardinals are clearly the second choice to win the NFC West behind the Seattle Seahawks, but apparently the sportsbooks are not sold on Arizona reaching double-digit wins for the third straight year with the win-total set at 8½, albeit with a juiced ‘over’. And exactly nine wins could even put a wild card bid in doubt.
Arizona Cardinals Key Additions
Arizona had issues on the offensive line last season, so it added a couple of veterans in guard Mike Iupati and center A.Q. Shipley. The defense will also have some new faces in defensive lineman Cory Redding and linebackers LaMarr Woodley and Sean Weatherspoon. But two of the biggest upgrades may have come in the draft with the selections of offensive tackle D.J. Humphries and running back David Johnson.
Arizona Cardinals Key Losses
The Cardinals lost tight end Rob Housler, kick returner Ted Ginn, Jr. and a couple of offensive linemen in guard Paul Fanaik and center Lyle Sendlein. But the bigger loss may have come on the defensive end in cornerback Antonio Cromartie.