The Arizona Cardinals were the best team in the NFL to not make the playoffs in 2013, however even in a tough division, the Cardinals could surprise some people this season. Their NFL Odds are fairly priced across the board, so are you ready to take the plunge?
Super Bowl (+4000)
Last season, 10-6 was not enough to get into the playoffs in the NFC, however this season, the Cardinals could be one of the more sneaky values in all of the NFL. While their chances at winning a Super Bowl are slim, their chances of getting into the playoffs this year are just as good, if not better than they were a season ago. Having to play the Seahawks, 49ers and Rams six times per season doesn’t make things any easier, however with a solid defense and an undervalued offense, if the Cardinals can win some of those divisional games, it will give their NFL Odds much more leverage. They have already had some problems this offseason with losing a crucial member of their defense, but still the Cards should not be taken lightly in the NFL Odds this season.
Even though the Cardinals’ Super Bowl Odds are pretty fairly priced, their NFL Odds to win the NFC are slightly undervalued. With all of the talent in the NFC it doesn’t surprise me, however the Lions are above the Cardinals in the NFL Odds to win the NFC, and if it came down to one or the other, the Cardinals are still the better team. However they lost Pro-Bowl caliber linebacker, Daryl Washington for the season after he was suspended for the entire season. This is a big blow to the one area of the Cardinals’ defense they don’t have a whole lot of depth. The aging veteran, Larry Foote now will have to fill in Washington’s shoes unless of course Washington’s appeal brings about a lessened sentence. However Washington was already in hot water over some alleged domestic violence issues, so the chances of him coming away from this and playing some this season are slim.
NFC West (+700)
Of course even if you can’t stomach the Cardinals in an NFL Futures Odds bet, they should still be one of the more undervalued ATS team again this season. In 2013, the Cardinals were the number one ATS team in the entire NFL, going 11-5 ATS. Carson Palmer and then new head coach, Bruce Arians led this team to a very good season a year ago, and if the sportsbooks are undervaluing them as much as they did in 2013, NFL Bettors could be in for another moneymaking season. With the talent they hold on defense, along with an offense that it seems no one is willing to respect, the Cardinals are just the type of team you ant to back in the NFL Odds this upcoming season. Playing in Arizona is tough too, and as long as Palmer doesn’t have a sever regression in the 2014 season, the Cards are good for another nine or ten wins. While they might not be able to best the Seahawks or 49ers for the division, they almost did it last season, and I wouldn’t count them out just yet.