It looks as if sports betting sites and ESPN experts agree, the Arizona Cardinals over/under on their 2021 win total is 8 games. The over looks good from here.
There are naysayers in that the Cardinals really didn’t make as big a splash in free agency due to age and durability of the players they signed. They’ve added veterans who have been around awhile.
They added defensive end J.J. Watt. He played all of 2020. They added receiver A.J. Green, many think he gave up on the Cincinnati Bengals last year when nothing could be further than the truth.
They added kicker Matt Prater who will turn 37 during training camp in August. Then they added oft-injured James Conner at running back this past week. Conner’s best year was in 2018.
The questions of durability can be understood but this team was 8-8 before they added these pieces. Mind you an 8-8 team that easily could have been 11-5 or 12-4 in 2020.
With 17 games on the schedule, 10 wins should be attainable with a very good chance to win more. Sure, we don’t know how the NFL Draft will play out in two weeks but does it matter at this point?
Given what we already know about the current roster, there is no reason to believe this team can’t win at least 10. Now, certainly when it comes to the Cardinals, nothing comes easy and we all know rarely does anything come as expected.
It will be up to the Cardinals to show oddsmakers and experts they were wrong. We were hoping they would do that last season though.
It’s make or break for several people this season. You have to believe the Cardinals will need to win in 2021 to save the jobs of general manager Steve Keim, head coach Kliff Kingsbury, and the players who came in on one-year contracts such as Conner.