Arizona Cardinals 2016 Team Report & Odds
Posted by: Mike Davis
Last Season Recap
Last NFL betting season was one of firsts for the Arizona Cardinals. For instance, it was their first 13-win season in the history of the franchise. Their victory over the Green Bay Packers 26–20 in overtime in the divisional round was quarterback Carson Palmer’s first career playoff win. Moreover, they secured a first round bye for the first time in franchise history as well. Unfortunately for them and for people who enjoy betting on football on them, the Cardinals tied the Los Angeles Rams for the most turnovers in the postseason in the Super Bowl era in the NFC championship game versus the Carolina Panthers, ultimately losing 49-15.
The 2016 NFL season will be the Cardinals’ 118th overall; 97th in the National Football League; 29th in Arizona; and 4th under coach Bruce Arians. Arizona signed free agents Tyvon Branch (defensive back) and Evan Mathis (lineman). In addition to that, they traded guard Jonathan Cooper and a late second-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for outside linebacker Chandler Jones. In the 2016 NFL draft, the Cardinals selected defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche as the 29th pick of the first round. They also picked corner back Brandon Williams, center Evan Boehm, safety Marqui Christian, offensive tackle Cole Toner, and cornerback Harlan Miller. All of them were signed to four-year contracts.
What to expect this 2016 football season
The Cardinals will continue to be an NFL betting contender so long as QB Carson Palmer puts on a similar performance to last season’s. Many people who bet on NFL thought 2015 was the 36 year old Fresno native’s best year in the league with 35 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. Palmer established a franchise record throwing his 31st touchdown and passing Kurt Warner on Week 14 against the Minnesota Vikings. The QB played all 16 games and threw for 4,671 yards. Palmer’s work – and that of the rest of his teammates – was immortalized in the Cardinals-focused NFL Films documentary ‘All or Nothing.’ It’s not likely that another documentary on the Cardinals will be made during the 2016 season, and yet this one could be even more historic. Fans who put their NFL betting money on Arizona have waited a long time to have their wager pay off. The Cardinals have the league’s longest active championship drought at 68 seasons; in fact, the last time they won a title they still were the Chicago Cardinals. Could this upcoming season be the one that sees the Cards return to the top? Breaking “curses” is in fashion now, thanks to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Also, as shown on the documentary series, the chemistry and camaraderie in this team is such that Drew Stanton would rather stay in Arizona and be Carson Palmer’s backup than being the starting QB in another team. And under Arians stern but fair guidance, the Cardinals might just have what it takes to make it big.
Odds to win Super Bowl 51: +1225