NFL Betting – Arizona Cardinals 2021 Season Win Total

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Going 8-8 last year and equaling their best record in five seasons should have been reason for the Arizona Cardinals to celebrate. Instead, a late season collapse cost them a playoff berth and put Kliff Kingsbury among the favorites in the first coach fired prop for 2021. To avoid another breakdown the Cards spent lavishly in the offseason bringing in big names like J.J. Watt, A.J. Green and Malcolm Butler. The continued development of Kyler Murray gives the Cards a potent offense and a new outlook on defense should be enough to get the Cards one more win than they had last year. It won’t be easy though in the grueling NFC West.

Arizona Cardinals Win Total Odds

Over 8.5 Wins -113
Under 8.5 Wins -103

2021 Arizona Cardinals Offense Preview

For most of last season the Cardinals had one of the best offenses in the NFL. That should be expected with Kingsbury’s pedigree. One of the reasons he was hired was to mold Murray and we’ve seen the QB make strides in his two years. But there were too many inconsistencies and not a reliable backup to Murray. Needing to win one of their final two games to qualify for the playoffs, the Cards scored a total of 19 points against the Niners and Rams.

Murray missed most of the finale against the Rams with an injury and the Cards never kicked it into gear. If they play like they did over the first half of last season the Cards will not only exceed their win total they could even with the division. With Murray putting up video game numbers and connecting on the famous ‘Hail Murray’ to beat Buffalo, Arizona won six of its first nine games scoring 30 or more points is six of those games. And just in case Murray has to sit for any reason, veteran Colt McCoy is a better option than what the team had last year.

Adding Green to go alongside Deandre Hopkins will make life easier for Murray. So will an upgraded offensive line that now includes Pro Bowler Rodney Hudson at center. A few more points could’ve changed things in one or more of the five one-score losses. It might be enough to get the Cards over the hump this year.

2021 Arizona Cardinals Defense Preview

There were some issues on this side of the football, too. Giving up 31 points in a loss to Carolina was a gut punch and the group was taken behind the woodshed by some of the better QBs in the league. The team turned to veteran Watt to supply pressure on opposing quarterbacks and hopefully avoid another outing like when Russell Wilson threw for nearly 400 yards and Seattle amassed 572 total yards.

Watt isn’t the imposing figure he was during his DPOY days, but he still has something left and a full season with Chandler Jones on the other side could be interesting. The Cards scored big with Isaiah Simmons last year and this year’s top pick Zaven Collins could be better giving the second level two cornerstone players.

Allowing Patrick Peterson to walk weakens the secondary, but the front seven has been upgraded enough to offset any problems. Butler was brought in to be the top corner and Budda Baker is a stud safety. This group wasn’t the problem last season, though there were bouts of bad play. They should be improved enough however to increase the win total.

2021 Arizona Cardinals Schedule Analysis

The NFC West is the most competitive division in the NFL now that the Niners have a clean bill of health. It’s a well-balanced slate that includes games against top AFC teams Tennessee, Cleveland and Indianapolis. Green Bay and Dallas are among NFC foes. The Cards need to avoid the ugly losses like they had against Detroit, Carolina and New England last year. Sure, there will be some games where things don’t go your way and not letting that morph into something more serious is a point of emphasis.

We’ll see if the run defense has improved in the season-opening tilt against Derrick Henry and the Titans. Week 3 features a matchup with Trevor Lawrence and the Jags in a possible letdown spot. That game precedes tilts with division foes Los Angeles and San Francisco with a trip to Cleveland in Week 6. The Cards need to win at least half of those games to set themselves up for a playoff spot and to go over their projected win total.

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On paper the Cards look like a better team, which is encouraging to OVER bettors. They probably feel better with McCoy as the backup QB, too. This is a make or break season for Kingsbury, who has all kinds of pieces in place offensively. The club is also stronger on the defensive side, but as for most teams how they do depends on their health.

NFL Odds: Arizona Cardinals OVER 8.5 Wins

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com

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