2016 Arizona Cardinals Season Win Total Prediction
The 2015 season was one of the best in Arizona Cardinals history as they finished 13-3 and won the NFC West Division for the first time since 2009. However, the season ended on a down note as the Cardinals were slaughtered in the NFC title game by the Carolina Panthers. Can the Cards take the next step in 2016 and win their first Super Bowl? Arizona has a wins total of 9.5 in online NFL betting with the over favored.
Taking a Closer Look at the 2016 Arizona Cardinals Season Win Total Prediction
Total Win/Loss Odds Overview
Arizona beat Green Bay 26-20 in overtime in a thrilling divisional playoff game. After the Pack tied it at the end of regulation on a Hail Mary, on the first play of overtime Carson Palmer spun away from a defender and threw across his body to an uncovered Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald darted through tacklers for 75 yards. On the next play, Palmer shoveled the ball to Fitzgerald who ran it in to give the Cardinals the win. But in the NFC title game, Carolina rolled 49-15. That Panthers defense picked off Palmer four times, forced two fumbles by him and never let up the assault.
The Cardinals have the talent to win 13 games again, but will they have the legs to finish the season with five of seven games on the road? Their finish will determine their possible playoffs seed in the NFC. The Cardinals’ back-to- back playoffs berths earned four prime-time games this season. After setting franchise records for wins, points and yards last season while coming up a game short of the Super Bowl, the top storyline for 2016 has written itself: It’s Super Bowl or bust for the Cardinals.
Why Bet On The Over?
Palmer had the best season of his career in 2015, that NFC title game disaster aside. He is the unquestioned starter and his success more or less means the success of the team. He enters his 14th season. He has two very good receivers in Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. Fitz is coming off one of his finest seasons, setting a franchise record and career high with 109 receptions. He enters the final year of his contract. Floyd has a very important season coming up. He is also entering the final year of his contract and could command big money with a big year. He came on strong late last season and Coach Bruce Arians believes he would have had a 1,500-yard season if he had not gotten hurt in training camp.
The Cardinals had some of the most underrated offensive linemen in football last year, but adding an experienced guard in Evan Mathis puts Arizona in new territory on paper. The team now pairs Mathis with perennial Pro Bowl guard Mike Iupati and rangy, powerful tackles Jared Veldheer and D.J. Humphries.
Why Bet On The Under?
Can the Cardinals find a pass rush this season? Arians has always welcomed players other teams won’t touch. That’s why Tyrann Mathieu has become one of the most versatile and important defensive players in football, a three-position marvel (who enters this season off ACL surgery), and that’s why the best landing spot for question-mark defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche was with Arians and the Cardinals. It helps, too, that Chandler Jones was gotten for a low second-round pick from New England (plus disappointing guard Jonathan Cooper).
Mathieu is rehabbing his second ACL injury in three seasons. He tore it in Week 15 last season, missing the final two games of the regular season and the Cardinals’ run to the NFC Championship Game. While this injury isn’t as complex as his first knee injury, which included his ACL and LCL, it’s still No. 2 for the Honey Badger during his NFL career. This raises concern about his durability and puts the Cardinals in the precarious position of handling his return the right way.
Five positions require attention, either because of positional battles or depth issues.
My Betting Prediction
I worry about Palmer’s health but if he plays in at least 14 game this year, the Cardinals should win double-digit game again so go over in online NFL betting.