Brandon A. Quick |  Sun 05/08/2018 - 08:29 EDT

Cardinals Odds To Make The NFL Playoffs 2018-19

Cardinals Odds To Make The NFL Playoffs 2018-19
New season, new coach, new quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals who are listed at +800 in the preseason to make the playoffs in 2019. Let's dive into the Cardinals prospects in 2018-19 to determine if there's any betting value in this proposition.

Cardinals Odds To Make Playoffs

The retirement of veteran head coach Bruce Arians and veteran QB Carson Palmer means this Arizona squad is losing the core of its leadership and identity from a squad that posted a mediocre 8-8 record a year ago. Everything about this organization looks like it’s in rebuilding mode as the defensive-minded Steve Wilks takes the reins from Arians. 

Wilks will count on offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to lead the charge on that side of the ball and McCoy’s first challenge is to figure out who will take the snaps. The oft-injured Sam Bradford will get the first shot and that may offer some hope for the Cardinal faithful as Bradford has been pretty good when he’s able to suit-up. The former number 1 draft pick has completed 69% of his passes over the last three years and he’ll get to throw to star WR Larry Fitzgerald, who is still a talented and capable target despite his age.

Cardinals Odds To Make The Playoffs +800

Strengths and Weaknesses

Starting with the good, the Cardinals return David Johnson at RB who scored a league-best 20 TDs a year ago. That number, however, will be pretty difficult to equal behind a less-experienced offensive line and a less prolific all-around offense. Johnson also caught 80 passes in 2018 for 879 yards, so he’s far from one-dimensional if used correctly by Wilks and McCoy. 

The Cardinals should be OK defensively and that will keep them in their share of games. The kicking game is suspect as PK Phil Dawson missed four FG’s from closer than 40 yards last season and botched more extra points than all but three kickers in the NFL. 

Will The Cardinals Make The Playoffs?

It’s going to be hard to get too excited about this team’s prospects in 2018-19. The record seems primed to take a dip from last season’s mark, so finishing somewhere around 6-10 or 5-11 is likely. That’s not a playoff record, so I’m passing at +800. That said, if Bradford steps in and stays healthy behind center, he’s good enough to keep this squad in the game.

Expect the Cardinals to lose a few they shouldn’t and win some unexpected ones, but there are just too many moving parts to project a successful season.

Like many teams in the NFL, the Cardinals are a few injuries away from disaster. Let’s also not forget that Bruce Arans was one of the better game-planning coaches in the league, so unless Wilks is above agerage in that regard, the Cardinals will be missing a mastermind strategist. 

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