One of the biggest moneymakers involving football has actually nothing to do with the game being played itself. Every year, people spend their hard earned money away gambling on their favorite teams, hoping to cash in for the big bucks.
For those of you that like doing this with the Arizona Cardinals, Bovada recently set their lines for several players in the over/under category. See who landed where after the jump.
Courtesy of Arizona Sports 620, here are the lines:
Beanie Wells rushing yards over/under 750, TDs 7
Larry Fitzgerald receptions over/under 89, yards 1,250, TDs 9
Michael Floyd receiving yards over/under 625, TDs 3
Calais Campbell sacks over/under 6
Darnell Dockett sacks over/under 4
Patrick Peterson interceptions over/under 4
Patrick Peterson punt returns over 1 (+150) under 1 (-150)
Ken Whisenhunt as the head coach of the Cards in 2013- yes (+250) no (-400)
Obviously, Vegas doesn't feel the Cardinals are going to be very good this season. Assuming Whisenhunt is fired before next season, that must mean the team will perform poorly overall.
Some lines that stuck out to me were the Campbell sacks and the Peterson interceptions and returns. I expect Campbell to have a big year, but there will undoubtedly be more attention paid to him by opposing offensive lines. Six sacks seems relatively low, but then again, if he is double teamed all the time, he may not reach that goal. Maybe use reverse logic and bet the over on Dockett? I have never been a good gambler.
Then you have Peterson. Teams recognize his skills both as a corner and as a return man. We know that. So the idea that he doesn't return a punt this season is not all that far fetched. Teams may just decide to punt the ball out of bounds knowing the skills he has. Then, for the interceptions, Peterson has already made a name for himself as a possible shutdown cornerback. I am not sure he will have enough opportunities to intercept the ball. I would take the under on that for sure.
Also, why isn't Ryan Williams apart of the list? He may see more carries than Beanie this season, so that makes little sense to me...
What are your thoughts? Will you be betting? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.