NFL Betting: Season Win Total Predictions For Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals NFL Odds

Nikki Adams

Sunday, July 17, 2016 7:30 PM UTC

Sunday, Jul. 17, 2016 7:30 PM UTC

The Arizona Cardinals are tipped to crack a 9.5 projected season win total across sports betting platforms. Here’s a game-by-game preview complete with our win-loss predictions and NFL picks.

Arizona Cardinals 2015 Look Back
The Arizona Cardinals are coming off a stellar 13-3 SU season, a third straight double-digit winning season under Bruce Arians but, importantly, their best ever under his no-nonsense stewardship. A run of form they backed up in the playoffs as they advanced into the NFC Championship game. Admittedly, the Cardinals didn’t account well in that penultimate game. Well, it’s putting the 49-15 loss to the Panthers mildly. There are those that would even argue the win over the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round was not without a bit of luck – a bizarre coin toss and a quick touchdown that prevented Aaron Rodgers a crack at overtime after his late game heroics brought the Packers back into the game. Whatever the verdict may be amongst NFL bettors, it shouldn’t take anything away from the Cardinals or their merit as an NFC West powerhouse.

As such, odds makers send Bruce Arians and the Cardinals into 2016 hanging on a 9.5 season win total on the NFL odds board. Consider the tandem have won no fewer than 10 games since 2013 cracking 9.5 should be straightforward. Bookmakers favour the OVER at -160 NFL odds (or higher depending on your choice sportsbook) while the UNDER is backed out to +150 NFL odds with bet365.

Don’t be thinking they had any favours from the NFL schedulers either in any of those winning seasons. Indeed, the strength of the NFL schedule is repeatedly amongst the toughest in the league, largely down to the strength of the NFC West field amongst other things. In 2014, they had the eighth toughest schedule in the league with a 0.547 winning percentage. In 2015. They had the fifth toughest NFL schedule in the league with a 0.557 winning percentage.

Going into 2016, the Cardinals, yet again, receive a tough NFL schedule that ranks seventh on the strength chart with a 0.531 winning percentage. Of the last three seasons, the winning percentage of the field is the lowest, but the difference is so nominal that it’s really a moot point.

This is a very good team that consistently plays well no matter who they are slated to face on the season. It would be a real shocker if the Cardinals don’t live up to the lofty expectations they alone set by repeatedly producing winning seasons with Bruce Arians.

So with that said we breakdown the Cardinals’ 2016 NFL schedule and serve up game-by-game NFL picks with a view towards serving up our final prediction in season win total betting markets.

Week 1 vs. New England, Sunday, September 11
This looked to be the toughest game of the Cardinals’ season, on opening night no less and under primetime lights on national television. As it is, it might not be the case anymore. Drum roll…enter the second chapter of the Tom Brady Deflate-gate saga. Will the NFL drop this nonsense finally? Obviously, not. Brady’s four-game suspension is back on, reinstated for the start of the 2016 season. This time, it looks as if it might actually stick. The Cardinals must be pleased to be facing Jimmy Garoppolo.

Still, with or without Brady, the Patriots have lots of depth and talent not to mention one of the best coaches in the league, Bill Belichick. It would be unfair to simply write them off just because Brady won’t be their signal-caller in week 1. It assumes Garoppolo isn’t any good, which is utter nonsense really. It also implies an absence of pressure in this game. For both teams but, mainly, for the Cardinals, who will be at home and expected to win now that they’re taking on a Brady-less Patriots. Don’t know about you but something about this matchup suggests it’s not straightforward: No Brady doesn’t necessarily mean Cardinals win. Knowing the genius of Bill Belichick he might have a trick or two up his sleeve.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 0-1

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Week 2 vs.  Tampa Bay, Sunday, September 18
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off a tough divisional week 1 clash with the Atlanta Falcons on the road. A second road game for the Tampa Bay Bucs in as many weeks right at the start of the season isn’t ideal. Granted Jameis Winston is a promising quarterback on the up and the Bucs et al do show some promise, but it’s a new scheme in place with new head coach Dan Koetter. We don’’t know yet what to really expect of the Bucs and second-year quarterback Winston. This should be a straightforward win for the hosts, who are undoubtedly the better and seasoned team in this matchup.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 1-1

Week 3 vs. Buffalo (away), Sunday, September 25
Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills turned some heads last season with some eyebrow raising results such as a 27-14 win over the Colts in week 1 a 41-14 win over Miami on the away in week 3 and a 22-17 win over the Jets to close the season, the latter of which ended the Jets’ bid for a spot in the playoffs. However, interspersed between those results were some headscratchers too, such as the 23-20 loss to the struggling Eagles --something that underlines the opinion about Rex Ryan teams as unpredictable and inconsistent. In any event, taking the measure of the Bills so it’s obvious the Cardinals are the far superior team, better coached and more consistent. It’s a long trek to the East coast, but it’s early in the year and the weather should be nice.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 2-1

Week 4 vs. Los Angeles, Sunday, October 2       
The Cardinals welcome the relocated Rams to the University of Phoenix stadium. It’s the first divisional rivalry of the season for Bruce Arians and the Cardinals. The NFC West battle begins. Last term, the Rams upset the Cardinals in week 4 behind a 24-22 win in Arizona. The pair ended up splitting the series when the Cardinals won in St. Louis 27-3 in week 13. There’s a lot of uncertainty about the Rams in 2016, mainly their No.1 draft pick quarterback Jared Goff. Will Jeff Fischer trot out his prized possession? How will he stand up against a formidable Cardinals defense?

NFL Picks: Win
Record 3-1

Week 5 vs. San Francisco (away), Thursday, October 6
All and sundry are writing off the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. Understandably so when his Philly experiment blew up spectacularly. We’ve yet to see what Chip Kelly puts together and which quarterback he settles on to lead his Californian experiment. As this is an early date between NFC West foes, the Niners might not be fully adjusted yet to all the change. It does swing the balance in favour of the Cardinals even if they’re on the road. Last year, they steamrolled the Niners 47-7 in Arizona and 19-13 at Levi Stadium. It’s Thursday Night Football, a short week for the Cardinals after taking on the Rams but if there were a team that can be trusted to show up from game-to-game it has to be the Cardinals.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 4-1

Week 6 vs. NY Jets, Monday, October 17
Ted Bowles and Bruce Arians are no strangers to each other. The latter has been a mentor, a coach and friend since the pair first crossed paths in 1983. Not to mention, Bowles used to be the defensive coordinator on Arians’ team. They know a lot about each other, their tactics and their teams (Bowles more intimately though). It’s fitting that the pair are set to lock horns on Monday Night Football, marking a second straight primetime game in as many weeks. It’s sure to be bittersweet staring each other down across the field, but there won’t be any time for sentimentality or comradery until after the game. Both sides stack up well in a manner, making it a tossup. The Jets could surprise the Cardinals at home. Arians and Company though will be coming off a long week and should be well prepared.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 5-1

Week 7 vs. Seattle, Sunday, October 23
Last term, the pair split the series with each side winning on the road. Cardinals edged the Seahawks 39-32 in week 10 while the Seahawks returned the favour by trouncing the Cardinals 36-8 in week 17 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Russell Wilson and Company will be eager to make it two in a row over the Cardinals in their first meeting in 2016. It’s the third primetime game in a row for the Cardinals and by far their stiffest opponent of the three, which amounts to a lot of pressure make no mistake. Seattle will be without Marshawn Lynch, but let’s not take anything away from the Hawks, who are still a very good team and proved just that with Lynch injured for a good chunk of 2015.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 5-2

Week 8 vs. Carolina, Sunday, October 30
The manner in which the Panthers decimated the Cardinals and ended their bid for the Super Bowl didn’t sit well with the Cardinals. Having the NFC Championship rematch game in Arizona is an advantage for the Cardinals, gives them a chance for redemption – small consolation though that is right now.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 6-2

Week 9 BYE

Week 10 vs. San Francisco, Sunday, November 13
San Francisco 49ers descend on the Arizona Cardinals in week 10 NFL betting. By this time of the season, the Niners are sure to have an identity or be close to gaining one. Where they’ll be in the mix of the NFC West is anybody’s guess but divisional rivalries always mean something. If Colin Kaepernick is calling the shots, he’ll remember that awful day last season when the Cardinals clobbered him in one of his most humiliating defeats. He could get a shot at redemption. It’s a long shot NFL pick, but strange things do happen in every season. The improbable is not impossible.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 6-3

Week 11 vs. Minnesota (away), Sunday, November 20
The Minnesota Vikings are a side on the up in the eyes of many NFL bettors and pundits alike. The Vikings played the Cardinals close last season in 23-20 loss on Thursday Night Football. It was an impressive performance by Teddy Bridgewater all things being considered, including a horrendous loss to the Seahawks at the weekend. To bounce back from such a defeat on the road shows fortitude, maturity and a competitive spirit. This time around the Vikings have the home field edge. It could play to their advantage.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 7-3

Week 12 vs. Atlanta (away), Sunday, November 27
A second road game in as many weeks pits the Cardinals against the Atlanta Falcons. Dan Quinn’s side will be well-rested and prepared for this game following a week 11 bye and that could pose problems for the Cardinals. They are after all into their second road game. The Georgia Dome is sure to be hopping for this matchup and while the Cardinals are the better team we can’t help but consider Matt Ryan and the Falcons could give Carson Palmer and the Cardinals a run for their money.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 7-4

Week 13 vs. Washington, Sunday, December 4
Washington Redskins descend on the Arizona Cardinals in week 13 NFL betting, marking a battle of divisional champions. The Redskins are the defending NFC East champions, although many have an asterisk next to it – Tony Romo succumbing to injury, the Chip-Kelly-Philly experiment going tits up and the Giants on-going existential crisis were contributing factors, on which the Redskins capitalised.  Put simply these two teams are polar opposites in every sense. Plus, Kirk Cousins vs. Carson Palmer? Yeah, hosts win.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 8-4

Week 14 vs. Miami (away), Sunday, December 11
The Miami Dolphins are talked up each and every season. Will they finally fit the billing? Who can say for certain at this early vantage point with the season still two months away? Where they could potentially capitalise is on home advantage and the fact that the Cardinals could be feeling the strain of a lot of travel over the last few weeks. Flitting back-and-forth across the country in the last four weeks is a lot of jetlag. Don’t be surprised if this is a close one that goes against the Cards.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 8-5

Week 15 vs. New Orleans, Sunday, December 18
Drew Brees and the Saints can never be written off out of hand but, admittedly, the elite quarterback just isn’t the same player outside of the Superdome. Carson Palmer can match Drew Brees throw for throw but the advantage lies in a Cards defense that could give the Saints headaches.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 9-5

Week 16 vs. Seattle (away), Saturday, December 24
Last season, the Cards suffered an awful loss to the Seahawks at home in the final game of the regular season. It took the shine off of the win they gained at Seattle’s expense in week 10. The Cards will get up for this one down the stretch, particularly if they are mired in a close battle for the NFC West title with the Seahawks. Indeed, a win in this game could potentially clinch the title. It’s not without some irony this game comes on Christmas Eve this season (a bit of foreshadowing?).

NFL Picks: Win
Record 10-5

Week 17 vs Los Angeles (away), Sunday, January 1
The Cardinals close the season in Los Angeles. By week 17 it’s hard to imagine the Rams would have anything to play for. The stakes should be high for the Cardinals with playoffs looming.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 11-5

NFL Projected Season Win Totals for Cardinals: At every turn the prognosis for the Cardinals is positive. Most NFL bettors, pundits and experts predict another 13-3 SU season to rival 2015, which is understandable given the way they played. Not to mention the fact that under Arians the Cardinals have swelled from strength to strength, going 10-6 SU in 2013, 11-5 SU in 2014 and 13-3 SU in 2015. In fact, that trend might suggest the Cardinals would go 14-2 SU in 2016, which wouldn’t even surprise us to be fair. Granted our game-by-game predictions have the Cardinals emerging with an 11-5 SU record. We’re only erring on the side of caution rather than getting carried away. The important bit in the context of NFL betting and what we can all agree on – no matter where on the winning spectrum you fall –it’s sure to be another strong season by the Cards and, most likely, a double-digit winning season. That means in all likelihood they’ll crack the 9.5 season win total.

NFL Picks: Over 9.5 -165
Best Line Offered:  at Bodog

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