The Arizona Cardinals enter the 2022 NFL season with mixed predictions for how their campaign could shape up, at least according to the currently available odds. The Cardinals exceeded expectations last year when they went 11-6, and now the expectations for the 2022 season are somewhat similar. Let’s take a look at the current Cardinals forecast, their record projected total winningsany intriguing prop bets related to the franchise and their odds of winning the division, conference and Super Bowl in 2023.
All chances from Caesers Sports Book unless otherwise noted and are correct as of July 6 at 2:15 PM ET.
Arizona Cardinals record 2022 prediction
Following the release of the NFL schedule, Caesers has provided odds and spreads for all of the Cardinals’ 2022 regular season games. Based on those numbers, the Cardinals are considered favorites in eight games and underdogs in nine. If the season meets these predictions, then The Cardinals would finish 8-9 record after Week 18 of the 2022 season.
However, we know the NFL is never that simple – if it was, it would be boring. A prime example is when the Cardinals were 3-point underdogs heading into Week 1 of last season against the Tennessee Titans. The Cardinals won 38-13. Then, as 3.5-point favorites in Week 2, the Cardinals lost to the Vikings 34-33.
So, even though the Cardinals’ current odds are off the mark compared to last year, there is still reason to be optimistic. Of the Cardinals 17 games, 13 currently have a spread that is 3 points or less either way. It goes to show how difficult it is to make predictions about the Cardinals in 2022.
It’s been a rough start to the season for Arizona, no doubt. They start with the Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Rams. They then complete a five-game homestand that includes the Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers.
Cardinals odds, picks and props
Now that we know the weekly predictions for the Cardinals, let’s take a look at their season, division, conference and Super Bowl odds.
- Cardinals win total: 9 (Over +110, Under -130)
- NFC West Winner: +300
- NFC Winner: +1500
- Super Bowl Winner: +3500
Based on what we’ve seen in terms of the Cardinals’ record-setting projection, neither of those odds look particularly appealing. Sports betting (Cardinals) is clearly underwhelming, hence – 130 points. Also, despite the win total being 0.5 games higher than last year, their Super Bowl odds are the same as they were at the start of the 2021 season.
With the Cardinals currently projected to be just one game short of their projected nine win total, betting at those odds below is risky business. There is a chance to drop the Cardinals win total to eight, but it comes at -190 odds.
Moreover, there are three very good teams in the NFC West right now. That’s why you should avoid bets on total winnings and on division. Taking +3500 as a long shot to win the Super Bowl is an interesting bet considering the Cardinals are likely to make the playoffs. Still, betting on a team coached to a career 24-24-1 record and 0-1 in the postseason to win the conference or the Super Bowl is not a smart money proposition.
Cardinals MVP odds and player stats
Unsurprisingly, the top option on the Cardinals roster to win the MVP is Kyler Murray at +2,200. The uncertainty surrounding his future and the way injuries have hampered him the last two years makes it a tough bet. Murray is undoubtedly talented and the dual threat in his game always bet to have a chance. At +2,200 odds, he joins an intriguing group of players with similar upside, including 2019 MVP winner Lamar Jackson.
Here are the best 2022 Cardinals prop odds:
- Comeback Player of the Year
DeAndre Hopkins +2200
- Defensive Player of the Year
JJ Watt +6500
- Rookie of the Year
Trey McBride +4000
- Defensive Rookie of the Year
Cameron Thomas +6000
- Coach of the year
Kliff Kingsbury +3000
Looking at those odds and the Cardinals projections for the season, it doesn’t seem like much value. Hopkins returned from his suspension and had a strong second half, certainly an option. Still, the other Comeback Player of the Year contenders will potentially have an entire season to make their mark. That could make it difficult for Hopkins, who we also saw struggled with his fitness last year.
Midway through last season, Kingsbury was in contention for Coach of the Year honors. His challenge ultimately fell away when the Cardinals campaign died down a bit. However, it doesn’t seem quite right that Kingsbury has the same odds as Matt Rule and is ranked below Brian Daball. Both the Panthers and Giants are expected to contend in 2022, while the Cardinals do have a chance to win the division and make the playoffs.
Cardinals election 2022
At this point in the offseason, there are no Cardinals odds that stand out based on current projections. There is so much variability in this list that it creates uncertainty. Perhaps the biggest draws are Murray winning the MVP or Kingsbury as an outside candidate for coach of the year. Still, neither would be more than a low bet at this point.