Arizona Cardinals: Vegas Sets Cardinals’ Over/Under at 5 Wins

Dec 9, 2012, Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons (91) and Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) pressure Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton (19) during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, the Arizona Cardinals won five games, but they made lots of moves this offseason. Vegas doesn’t think it will matter.

According to Revenge of the Birds, the Cardinals’ over/under has been set at five games. While the offense hasn’t been perfect so far, the Cardinals filled their holes and have capable players at each position. Carson Palmer, who managed to post the league’s 16th-best passer rating in 2012 despite being stuck in a bad situation with the Oakland Raiders, is now the quarterback for the Cardinals.

While the Cardinals have four games against the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks and the league’s seventh-toughest schedule, five wins seems a bit low. Why?

The Cardinals won five games with horrid offensive line and quarterback play, but the Cardinals now have Jonathan Cooper and Levi Brown on the line, in addition to Pro Football Focus’ third-best tackle from Week 9 to Week 17 in Bobby Massie.

It remains to be seen whether the revamped Cardinals can win games, but they have motivation here. No team wants to win five games in a 16-game season, and for a team that is being coached by a guy who went 9-3 with a young team with low expectations, expectations are high. While I don’t see the Cardinals contending for a championship, I think most people can agree that the over would be the wise choice here.

Topics: Arizona Cardinals, Carson Palmer, Predictions, Vegas

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  • Pridenpoise

    I’m not a Cardinals fan, as a matter of fact I’m a Raiders fan, but I think Palmer still has a lot left in the tank so to speak, and if the Cardinals atrocious offensive line of last year is improved, I see no reason why Palmer can’t win 10 games for the Cards this year. The tough part is they are probably playing in the toughest division in the league this year.

    • papu37165

      I totally agree! Vegas should stick to poker and slot machines! We’ve made drastic changes to our team…..they should wait til after this year before making assumptions…..haven’t they heard the phrase, “Any given Sunday??”

      • Baily Deeter

        Agreed. This is extremely low.

    • Baily Deeter

      True. The NFC West is killer, but five wins is low.

  • Kevin & Ogi Campbell

    I agree with Brian. The Cardinals have one of the best group of receivers in the league, if not THE best. They also have a talented group of running backs with depth. So the weapons are there. The defense will again be one of the best, so I can easily see 9 or 10 wins!

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