Arizona Cardinals finished the 2014 season with a 11-5 record and Wild-Card Playoff berth
The New England Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX. They are 6-1 odds to win it again in 2015. The runner-up Seattle Seahawks are 5-1 odds to win it all next season. Then there are the Arizona Cardinals. Expected to be good again next season getting their players back from injury, they have been installed as 30-1 odds to win it all in 2015.
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The Cardinals are at about the same odds that they were once the 2014 season got going and got off to the great 9-1 start. Per Profootballtalk.com they have better odds than teams like San Diego Chargers at 40-1, Carolina Panthers 40-1 and the same odds at 30-1 like the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs.
Kind of interesting the Ravens are the same odds as the Cardinals. They do have the New Orleans Saints at 25-1 and the San Francisco 49ers 18-1. It seems as if Las Vegas still isn’t sure what to think about the Cardinals. These odds may change depending on what moves the Cards make in the offseason and what players who were injured will return 100 percent healthy for the 2015 season.
The Denver Broncos are 12-1 odds and that could change certainly based on Peyton Manning’s decision to return next season or not. As far as rounding out the NFC West, the St. Louis Rams are 60-1 odds to win it all next season. I see those odds improving if they make a move to improve at quarterback, say like trading for a Nick Foles?
The Cardinals should return with Carson Palmer at quarterback. The punting issues should be resolved with the return of Dave Zastudil. Andre Ellington will return at running back but will he be the primary or will the Cards bring someone in who will share his carries to lighten his load?
If the Cardinals can stay healthy in 2015 and that’s a big if after this season, they could get back to 11-5 or better. Their schedule on paper seems slightly tougher in 2015 than it was in 2014. With teams like the Green Bay Packers, and the Ravens coming to Glendale and the Cards having to take the road for Philadelphia, Detroit, and Pittsburgh in addition to their NFC West games, 2015 stands to be a huge challenge.
The Cards won’t have the pressure of trying to play the Super Bowl at home though. However coach Bruce Arfians already quipped over the weekend that the Cardinals will be in the 49ers locker room on Super Bowl Sunday next season in San Francisco.