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Arizona Cardinals Futures Odds & Season Wins Total 2015

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The Arizona Cardinals were a quarterback from possibly playing in the Super Bowl last season and since then  Carson Palmer has recovered from his knee injury. Will the Cardinals be ready to make the move?.

Arizona CardinalsIt’s not how you begin; it’s the manner in which you finish. And for the Cardinals in 2014 the final was forgettable. If it absolutely was the manner in which you started Arizona would’ve been crowned NFL Champions after going 6-0 before losing quarterback Carson Palmer to a torn ACL.

If that wasn’t bad enough, his backup Drew Stanton was also lost with a knee injury, the offense vanished and the team’s defense, so stout through the majority of the season, showed cracks since the team staggered to the final line.

2014 Season Record: 11-5 SU, 11-5 ATS, 5-10 O/U
2015 Regular Season Wins Total: 8.5, -110 O, -110 U
Odds to Win Super Bowl: +3000

Odds to Win NFC: +1400
Odds to Win Division: +600

Arizona still exceeded expectations winning 11 games and making the playoffs, but using what they had left, a loss in the wild card game was expected.

For the Cardinals to truly have the same kind of success, the healthiness of Palmer is critical. Head coach Bruce Arians said Palmer is completely recovered from the injury that torpedoed his 2014 season and Arizona’s Super Bowl hopes. The dropoff after Palmer was significant and Stanton must develop his game a lot more to be a reliable backup.

Having less of a running game exposed the Cardinals and their untested crop of reserve quarterbacks late in the season and in the playoffs. Running back David Johnson, a third-round draft pick, has impressed the coaching staff together with his power to catch the ball from the backfield and could be used the exact same way Andre Ellington was last season until he got banged up.

The Cardinals bolstered the offensive line signing Mike Iupati and AQ Shipley as free agents, potentially giving them the run game they so badly need. They also re-signed receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who’s been the facial skin of the franchise for 10 seasons.

Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who constructed an attacking group that worked so well until they were hung out to dry by an inept offense, left to take over as head coach of the Jets. The Cards went in-house promoting outside linebackers coach James Bettcher to his first coordinator role.

The Cardinals are still talented on that side of the ball, but will need to overcome the increasing loss of cornerback Antonio Cromartie, linebacker Larry Foote and end Darnell Dockett. The team signed linebackers Sean Witherspoon and LaMarr Woodley to strengthen that area and improved their pass rush with Cory Redding.

Jerraud Powers gets control at corner for the departed Cromartie and along side Patrick Peterson gives the Cardinals a solid group on the edge. Free safety Tyrann Matthieu is coming off a devastating knee injury at the end of the 2013 season and a broken thumb late in 2014 to resemble the impact player he was during his rookie campaign.

Without a game-breaking receiver the Cardinals will attempt to play a possession game and the development of a running attack is key to achieving that. If they’re successful with the offensive game plan, the defense may benefit as well. It absolutely was apparent last season that the defenders got worn out being on the field too long by having an offense that couldn’t possess the ball for any amount of time. Having Carson Palmer under center for a whole season also helps their chances in what might be an available NFC Western Division.

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