Cardinals Super Bowl odds suggest a step back into next season

For my money, the Arizona Cardinals were the biggest disappointment in the NFL last year.

After hitting a 7-0 record to start the season, the Cardinals saw their season crumble in the second half once again; finally stormed the Wild Card round against the Los Angeles Rams. We all know how that goes, and the team that was once close to the top to win was sent out in the first round.

Last year, Arizona was hard to beat and betting on them made them very uncomfortable. Some weeks they look like the best team in the NFL and other weeks like an average team that can lose to anyone; including the Detroit Lions return in Week 15 as two-touch down favorites.

Now, entering the 2022-23 season, the Cardinals find their own way down the odds table. Maybe a bit too far if you ask me. Arizona is currently +3000 to win the Super Bowl next year at WynnBET Sportsbook; associated with the Cleveland Browns and the New England Patriots. They have longer odds than the Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers and a bunch of other teams.

This seems like a big slip for a very good team, but I completely agree with the consensus of the producers. I have written regularly about the Cardinals this year but no article has made me second guess about this team more than one I wrote about their head coach. Kliff Kingsbury. Throughout his entire career, since returning to his freshman year in college, the teams he coached were terrible in the second half of the season. Summing up his record, Kingsbury is 42-20-1 in the first seven weeks of the year, NFL and college. However, from Week 8 onwards, Kingsbury is always 16-43. That’s a 27.12 win rate after Week 7 since 2013.

What’s even more remarkable is that Kingsbury somehow passed this on to Kyler Murray. Murray had MVP-quality performances at the start of the year and then shot to the top for a long time. This year it can be said that injuries have been involved but the trend remains the same.

I wish this wasn’t the case because I really like this team and cheered for them last year. But, until they can finish the season the way they end games in the first half, I can’t trust them.

Coffee is for the closed but so are future bets, and the Cardinals don’t get it from me either. Cardinals Super Bowl odds suggest a step back into next season

John Verrall

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