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Recently they offered to share the oddsmakers numbers for the Cardinals 2015 odds.
In 2014 SBR showed Arizona with an over/under of 7.5. We all know they produced the over on that odd winning 11 games despite injuries across the board.
In 2015, their odd is at 8.5. Here is what SBR's Kevin Stott has to say:
"The Arizona Cardinals (Last season: 7½; Over, 11-5) impressed as much as anyone in the NFL for the bulk of the 2014 season—thanks in great part to the Cardinals defense—but this team fizzled late, playing with a third-string QB it had cut earlier in the season. Odds makers will undoubtedly raise the Arizona Season Team Win Total to 8, maybe 8½, but playing in this rugged division and then also having to dance with the dogs from the AFC and NFC North will likely stifle this Cardinals team which will at least enjoy getting starting QB Carson Palmer (torn ACL) back from injury. A horse is always more comfortable with its usual rider."
Stott predicts the Cardinals finish under their 8.5 line.
He is correct with the fact that Arizona plays in one of the toughest division in the NFL. Playing against the AFC and NFC North will also be a big challenge for the Cardinals. The Packers are lined at 11, with the Lions following behind at 9.5. Both teams had excellent seasons in 2014, surpassing their odds of 10.5 and 8.5. The Vikings beat their odd of 6, with a 7-9 finish in Teddy Bridgewaters first season. And the Bears were three games under their 8.5 prediction with a 5-11 season.
The Cardinals will play host to Green Bay and Minnesota in Arizona, and will head to the Windy City and Minnesota for the Bears and Vikings. The NFC North will be no cakewalk with both the Packers and Lions being the top two units in that division, the Vikings building a team behind veteran leadership and talented youth, while the Bears are sitting in limbo, unsure what to do with Jay Cutler. It's very plausible the Cardinals can walk out of the North with a 3-1 record or 1-3.
On the other hand, the AFC North had all four teams go over on their 2014 odds. The Ravens had a line of 8.5, and finished 10-6. They added some toys for Joe Flacco, and their line is expected to rise to a 9 or 9.5. Their hated rival in Pittsburgh had a line of 8.5 as well and finished with a similar 10-6 record. Leveon Bell sparked the Steelers offense, and after extending Ben Roethlisberger the Steelers are looking to keep pace with the Ravens. The Bengals barely went over their line of 9, with a 10-1-5 record in 2014. Andy Dalton is on the hot seat, after failing to win yet another playoff game. The Bengals line is expected to drop to an 8/8.5. And to round out the division are the Browns. They finished over their line of 6 with a 7-9 season. With Hoyer out, and Manziel/McCown the horses for the starting job, teams should not expect much from the Browns.
The team will host the Bengals and Ravens in Glendale, and travel to Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Arians will probably have that Pittsburgh game circled about 20 times on his calender. It's likely the Cardinals can split the division, as their defense is modeled to play against physical teams like the AFC North.
And lastly the NFC West. Arizona has a line of 8.5, despite winning 11 games last year. That's third in the West behind Seattle (10.5) and San Francisco (9.5). With the losses of San Franciscos offseason, it's likely that number drops. The Rams round out the division with a line of 7, and could be upped to a 7.5 with the addition of Nick Foles and a few other solid acquisitions.
Arizona finished 3-3 in divisional play last year, slipping to Seattle twice and the 49ers in the season finale after injuries had crippled the team. The NFC West looks like it will again come down to the Seahawks and Arizona for the divisional crown, and gives the winner the lead to Super Bowl 50.