Arizona Cardinals 2020 Win Total - NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Breaking Down The Arizona Cardinals Win Total
2020 NFL Season
Arizona Cardinals: 7.5 wins -- Super Bowl Odds: 50/1
The Arizona Cardinals won five games in their first season under coach Kliff Kingsbury and oddsmakers think they’ll be able to build on that effort. The Cardinals win total is set at 7.5 wins, which means Arizona has to win at least eight games for the second time in the last five years for the over to cash.
Subtractions: Running back David Johnson was traded to the Houston Texans. While Johnson isn’t the same running back he was in 2016, he was still productive for the Cardinals through five seasons and scored 48 total touchdowns. Considering he’s still just 28 years old, hopefully Johnson can get healthy and be highly productive again. The Cards also lost a wide receiver duo in Pharoh Cooper and Damiere Byrd that combined for 57 receptions last season. Linebacker Joe Walker ends up in San Francisco after two seasons with the Cardinals and 46 solo tackles, while defensive end Rodney Gunter leaves for Jacksonville after five seasons in Arizona and 11 sacks.
Additions: The addition of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is massive, as it takes pressure off the aging Larry Fitzgerald to be the No. 1 receiver and should also free up Christian Kirk down the field. Through seven years, Hopkins has 54 receiving touchdowns, 8,602 receiving yards and is averaging 90.3 receptions. Defensively, the Cardinals added three new starters in nose tackle Jordan Phillips and linebackers Devon Kennard and De’Vondre Campbell. Kennard is a reliable linebacker who pressures the quarterback, while Phillips is coming off his best season yet and Campbell is consistent at defending the pass.
Overall: The Cardinals offense should be in much better hands this season with another year under coach Kingsbury and a more experienced Kyler Murray at the quarterback position. The Cards will also get a full season of running back Kenyan Drake, who averaged 5.2 yards per carry and scored eight touchdowns in eight games. Throw in Hopkins, and the Cardinals, who were 16th in scoring offense and 21st in offensive yards, should be much, much better on that side of the ball and a fun team to watch. The concern for the Cardinals is a defense that was 28th in points allowed and dead last in yards allowed. The Cards did add some guys who will help, especially getting after the quarterback, but there needs to be a massive upgrade on defense if Arizona is going to make such a leap.
You also have to consider the Cardinals share a division with three playoff caliber teams in the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams. The Cardinals are also playing playoff teams in the Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles, so the schedule is no cakewalk.
The lat time the Cardinals increased their win total by at least three wins was when they went from five wins to 10 in 2013, the first season under coach Bruce Arians. This is a big jump in a tough division with a team led by a young quarterback.
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