The Arizona Cardinals lost quarterback Kurt Warner to retirement, receiver Anquan Boldin to the Ravens and some excellent defensive talent but they do have one thing going for them vs. NFL odds in 2010 and that is their schedule.
The Cardinals have the easiest schedule in the NFL in 2010 and that should help them vs. the NFL betting odds.
NFL odds don’t favor the Cardinals this season, even in their own division. The Cardinals are listed as the second choice behind the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. The Cardinals are hoping that quarterback Matt Leinart is finally ready to be a starting quarterback and they are trying to find a replacement for Boldin in the receiving corps. The Cardinals also have to find defensive replacements for linebacker Karlos Dansby and safety Antrel Rolle.
The Cardinals open up the regular season at St. Louis in what should be a winnable game. They then travel to Atlanta in Week 2 for a very tough game against the Falcons. If a team is going to have a two-game road trip then having it early in the season is not a bad time for it, especially if one of those games is against the Rams.
Arizona opens their home schedule with a very winnable game against the Oakland Raiders in Week 3. The Cardinals had better hope they win at least two of their first three games because they are at San Diego in Week 4 and home against the defending Super Bowl champion Saints in Week 5. They get their bye week early in Week 6.
After the bye the Cardinals go to Seattle in Week 7 and then host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8. The tough game after the bye in NFL betting odds looks to be in Week 9 at Minnesota. The Cardinals then get Seattle at home before a road game at Kansas City in Week 11. Arizona has three in a row at home starting on Monday, November 29th as they host San Francisco. They then get St. Louis and Denver the next two weeks. The last three weeks of the season will not be easy as they go to Carolina, host Dallas on Christmas night and finish up at San Francisco.