Why Betting On The Arizona Cardinals In 2014 Is A Good Bet?

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Why Betting On The Arizona Cardinals In 2014 Is A Good Bet?

The Arizona Cardinals are coming off a fantastic first season under widely-respected head coach Bruce Arians and will look to take another step forward as they get set for what promises to be an exciting 2014 campaign.

Despite posting an eye-opening 10-6 under Arians last season, the Cards were left on the outside looking in come playoff time mostly because they compete in the powerful NFC West with two of the best teams in all of football these days – including Super Bowl champion Seattle.

Still, the Cards have a lot to look forward to this coming season and should do you if you plan on backing this blossoming team this coming season.

Betting On The Arizona Cardinals To Win the 2015 Super Bowl

The Cardinals (10-6 SU, 10-5-1 ATS, 8-8 O/U) not only won a whopping 10 games a year ago, but they also tied San Francisco for the second-best ATS record in the league last season.

Now, Arizona enters the 2014 regular season as a value-packed +4000 pick to win Super Bowl 49 and I believe they’re going to be one of the top half-dozen contenders in the parity-laden conference along with Seattle, San Fran, Green Bay, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

Lest anyone forget, Arizona led the NFL in run defense by limiting their opponents to a paltry 84.4 yards per game on the ground while also ranking 14th against the pass (233.0 ypg). While the Cards’ do need to shore up an offense that was mediocre at best last season, the last time I checked, it was defense that won championships, not offense and Arizona finished fifth overall in this department.

Betting On The Arizona Cardinals To Win the NFC West

  • Seattle Seahawks +100
  • San Francisco 49ers +130
  • Arizona Cardinals +800
  • St. Louis Rams +1200

I really like the Cardinals coming into the 2014 regular season and they’ve certainly got some stupendous odds (+700) in regards to their winning the NFC West, but I don’t think this team is quite ready to leapfrog San Francisco or Seattle right now.

San Francisco signed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a long term, six-year, $126 million extension and are building around the young-signal caller – and their perennially stout defense, so I expect them to contend for a Super Bowl appearance for the fourth straight season.

Seattle is coming off its first Super Bowl championship in franchise history and look like they want to send another message to their rivals that they are very real – and still very hungry. With young stars like Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas apparently not going anywhere for the foreseeable future, you’ve got to believe this team is built to contend for the next several seasons at the very least.

The St. Louis Rams have plenty of talent on both, their offensive and defensive lines, but I’m still not sure about quarterback Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. The strong-armed signal-caller has underachieved – when he’s healthy – so I expect this season to be a make-or-break kind of year for the former Oklahoma star.

Arizona added safety Deon Bucannon with the 27th overall pick in the draft and tight end Troy Niklas with their second round pick, but I thought they should have added at least three offensive players with their first three picks, so it will be interesting to see how much Arizona improves its offense in 2014. The Cardinals also agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie to help improve their defense even more in 2014.

Betting On The Arizona Cardinals To Win In Week One

  • San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals -3.5
  • Game Total: 44.5

You know…it’s a damn shame how much the talent-laden San Diego Chargers keep underachieving every year no matter who’s coaching this long-standing former AFL franchise.

Having said that, there’s no way I can pick the Bolts to march into Arizona and beat a Cardinals team that certainly knows the importance of winning each and every game they’re ‘supposed’ to after getting left out of the postseason a year ago.

Yes, I know San Diego went 9-7 last season and I realize that they have a gun-slinging quarterback that will throw the ball anywhere in Philip Rivers, but San Diego’s defense leaves a lot to be desired after finishing the 2013 season ranked 23rd in total yards allowed and a dismal 29th in passing yards allowed.

Arizona has a very steady, if not outstanding, quarterback in veteran Carson Palmer and added veteran wide receiver Ted Ginn to help improve a stable that was clearly lacking in productivity last season and helped improve their offensive line with the addition of veteran Jared Veldheer.

I like the Cardinals to win this Week 1 matchup at home and very narrowly cover the spread after going 5-3 ATS at home last season

Arizona Cardinals Betting Tips

  • Bet the Arizona Cardinals to cover the spread on the road more often than not in 2014.
  • Arizona has road dates at the Giants, Denver, Oakland, Dallas and Atlanta as well as their annual trio of road games against NFC West division rivals, San Francisco, Seattle and St. Louis.
  • Not only do I think the Cards will approach their fine 5-2-1 ATS road mark from a last season, but I think they could very well beat New York, Oakland and Dallas outright while either duplicating on slightly improving on their 4-4 road mark in 2013.
  • The Cardinals went 5-1 ATS as a favorite a year ago, so you should look to back them in similar situations this season. Arizona also played Over the Total in four of their six division matchups, so if you get O/U Totals for Arizona’s division matchup that look a tad too low, take the Over.

I’m expecting Arizona to possibly get involved in some high-scoring affairs against mediocre defensive teams like San Diego, New York, Washington, Oakland, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta and St. Louis (at least once) while likely hooking up in low-scoring defense battles against Seattle and San Francisco (two times apiece) and St. Louis (once).

No matter how you feel about the Arizona Cardinals, they’re clearly a team on the upswing and now have a seriously respected – and equally knowledgeable – head coach leading them.

The fact that this team overcame a ton of injuries last season and never showed any quit at all despite playing powerful Seattle and San Francisco four times, tells me that this franchise is now heading in the right direction for the first time since Kurt Warner hung up his surefire Hall of Fame cleats a few years back.

Arizona may not win the NFC West or Super Bowl 49, but one thing’s for sure they will surprise a lot of opponents!

2014 Arizona Cardinals Projected Roster

Offense

Defense

QB

Carson Palmer

DE

Calais Campbell

RB

Andre Ellington

DT

Dan Williams

WR1

Larry Fitzgerald

DE

Darnell Dockett

WR2

Michael Floyd

OLB

John Abraham

WR3

Ted Ginn

ILB

Ernie Sims

TE

Rob Housler

ILB

Kevin Minter

LT

Jared Veldheer

OLB

Matt Shaughnessy

LG

Jonathan Cooper

CB1

Patrick Peterson

C

Lyle Sendlein

CB2

Antonio Cromartie

RG

Earl Watford

SS

Deone Bucannon

RT

Bobby Massie

FS

Tyrann Mathieu

Super Bowl 49 Betting Odds

  • Seattle Seahawks +525
  • Denver Broncos +640
  • San Francisco 49ers +700
  • New England Patriots +900
  • Green Bay Packers +1200
  • New Orleans Saints +1600
  • Indianapolis Colts +2000
  • Philadelphia Eagles +2700
  • Cincinnati Bengals +3100
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +3500
  • Baltimore Ravens +3700
  • Atlanta Falcons +3800
  • Chicago Bears +3800
  • NY Giants +4000
  • Arizona Cardinals +4200
  • Carolina Panthers +4400
  • Kansas City Chiefs +4400
  • San Diego Chargers +4500
  • St. Louis Rams +5000
  • Detroit Lions +5000
  • Washington Redskins +5200
  • Dallas Cowboys +6000
  • Houston Texans +6000
  • Miami Dolphins +6000
  • NY Jets +7500
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +7500
  • Cleveland Browns +9000
  • Minnesota Vikings +1100
  • Buffalo Bills +12500
  • Tennessee Titans +20000
  • Oakland Raiders +25000
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +30000