The Cardinals will not have quarterback Kurt Warner this season as he retired and they will also be without other key contributors from last season as Anquan Boldin, Karlos Dansby and Antrel Rolle are with other teams. Gamblers making an NFL bet don’t really know what to expect from the Cardinals in 2010.
NFL betting odds do not favor the Cardinals to win the NFC West this season. That honor goes to the San Francisco 49ers. The biggest reason that the Cardinals are not favored is the retirement of Warner. Not many people believe that Matt Leinart can be an effective starting quarterback in the NFL. The Cardinals still have some offensive talent led by wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. They also have a running back in Beanie Wells who continues to get better. The Cardinals could be more of a running team this season with Wells and Tim Hightower.
Arizona did not play well at times last season on defense but they were bailed out by their offense on most occasions. That probably won’t happen in 2010. The defense had their issues last season and it could get worse in 2010 without Dansby and Rolle. The Cardinals are hoping that they have a successor to Dansby in second-round pick Daryl Washington but it is asking a lot for a rookie to take over and be an impact player. The Cardinals do not have much of a pass rush and that leaves the secondary exposed. Arizona not only lost Rolle but they also traded away cornerback Bryant McFadden. The Cardinals still have Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Adrian Wilson and they added Kerry Rhodes but overall the secondary is not as a good as it was a year ago.
Gamblers who make an NFL bet must decide whether or not the Cardinals can top eight wins? Arizona plays in the NFC West which means they have some winnable games. St. Louis is not very good, Seattle is nothing special and San Francisco still has Alex Smith at quarterback. The Cardinals should at least split with Seattle and San Francisco while sweeping the Rams. That gives them four wins. They should beat Oakland and Tampa Bay at home.
They will likely lose games at Atlanta, San Diego, home vs. New Orleans, at Minnesota and home against Dallas. That would give them seven losses if you factor in the splits with San Francisco and Seattle. The key games that should decide their win total are games at home vs. Denver and road games at Kansas City and Carolina.