Cardinals remain the longshot to win NFC West

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Three NFC West teams have started the season 2-0. The defending champions, ravaged by injuries on both sides of the ball, have a 1-1 record.

The biggest surprise of the bunch is the undefeated Cardinals. Bettors, however, aren’t buying these birds just yet.

Via PointsBet, the Cardinals have the longest odds to win the division, at +350 (bet $100 to make $350). The 2-0 Seahawks have become the favorite at +175, with the 1-1 49ers second at +275 and the 2-0 Rams at +300.

The Cardinals already have beaten the 49ers in Santa Clara. But that’s apparently not enough for the betting public.

With winnable games against the Lions, Panthers, and Jets, the Cardinals could take a 5-0 record into a Week Six Monday night showdown with the Cowboys. A win there would get the Cardinals plenty of positive attention.

A short-week home win in the next game — against Seattle — would definitely change those odds, dramatically.

It’s still too early to know whether the Cardinals have staying power. Unless and until a defense can corral Kyler Murray, however, teams will have a hard time with a team that many viewed as an afterthought in the NFC West. Odds notwithstanding, they shouldn’t be.

15 responses to “Cardinals remain the longshot to win NFC West

  1. Most sports books have the 49ers, Rams, and Cardinals the same at about +300. That is not the definition of a “longshot,” whether using those odds or the above.

  2. I’m a 49ers fan, but I love how the Cardinals are playing.
    Exciting offense, it will not be a surprise if they win the division.

  3. +350 isn’t long odds, so plenty of bettors are buying the cardinals.

    Personally, I don’t see the seahawks losing the division but the first month of the season has fooled me before.

  4. This lifelong Seahawks fan hasn’t the slightest clue how this division is going to play out. I really believe that any team could win it. I’d probably knock the 49ers down a bit just because of the injuries they have suffered, but not much. Seahawks defense is pretty terrible through two weeks, though our offense is pretty great. Cardinals are similar. Rams are the most balanced team. Niners are still the reigning NFC champs. I still say that the NFC West has 4 of the top 5 NFC teams, with only the Packers on that list. That gives the Packers a huge advantage to the #1 seed.

  5. It’s alright. When we made the playoffs our Superbowl year, we were called “The Worst team ever to make the playoffs and an embarrassment.” Then we almost won the Superbowl. If not for the int return for a touchdown with the two illegal blocks in the back (yes I watched the play several times again).
    When the Seahawks made the playoffs at 7-9 they were called the worse ever to make the playoffs too and beast quake happened. The beating public and NFL mainstream media has no clue about certain teams.
    Even our 13-3 championship game year as a Cardinals fan they didn’t talk about is. This organization has always had a stealth mode for average NFL fans, and most media personalities.

  6. How can the Cardinals be such a long shot? They have a running back playing the QB position and a wide receiver who uses his snake hair as a weapon that at any time can blind another player? You have all but concluded that this fake QB will be in contention for MVP even if they’ve beaten no one this season.

  7. formerfan says:
    September 26, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    How can the Cardinals be such a long shot? They have a running back playing the QB position and a wide receiver who uses his snake hair as a weapon that at any time can blind another player? You have all but concluded that this fake QB will be in contention for MVP even if they’ve beaten no one this season.
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    Murray is a passing QB who can run, not a running back who can throw. This is how he has always been known.

    No one includes last years NFC champion. (which means, if they aren’t anyone, who is? Only the Chiefs would be someone more)

    MVP talk at this point has only been a product of his good play coupled with recent history of 2nd year QB’s. No one is saying he is.

  8. NFC West is about to go 11-0 vs non divisional opponents this week. The division is stacked. Can’t wait for the end of season battles. I think it’ll be a two team race for the division crown and I really think that all 4 teams will make the playoffs.

    Seattle 13-3
    Arizona 12-4
    LA 10-6
    San Fran 10-6

  9. I’m a big Cards fan and I’d say the division is a toss up.

    We gave SFO all they could handle twice last year, and I think we woulda whipped them this past game regardless of the Niners injury situation. But even I felt bad for the Niners.

    Attrition will tell the tale. I think the Cardinals and Seattle have the best shot because they have QB’s that can run away from trouble. Nobody lays a hand on Kyler ! It’s extraordinary…like he has an invisible defense shield.

    The entire state is grateful to have some good news. Kyler and Hopkins are a wonderful distraction. Everyone is praying that we have a miracle season and everyone stays healthy.

  10. What a great division… Every team has a valid chance to win this thing! And the others will go deep as wildcards. Nothing but respect for all these organizations and their fans.

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