The Cardinals surprised the football world early last season, going 9-1 before QB Carson Palmer left due to injury. Then Drew Stanton, the team’s backup QB, was out. Sportsbook software services saw that Arizona then went 2-4, leaving the playoffs. Now, as the season approaches, pay per head sportsbooks believe that the Cardinals should definitely be a team to pay attention to, as things could be very interesting.
RB David Johnson is one to look out for, as the rookie did a great job while playing with Northern Iowa, and was very impressive during workouts prior to the draft. This led Arizona to acquire the player’s services during the third round. The RB will most likely have much more stamina on the field, and perform better than Ellington in between tackles. He could
make it to the team’s starting lineup and Ellington could be downgraded due to this.
Palmer is 35-years-old and suffered a tear in an ACL. Before that happened, he was only decent as a starter, so things might not look so bright this season – in fact they may even look a bit worse. The QB is still able to help the Cardinals win, and many experts believe that some games will be won, but the player’s mobility is now limited, something that could get in the way of the team’s performances, particularly when taking on the Seahawks’ pass rushes, as well as those of the Rams.
Also, Arizona lost the services of Antonio Cromartie, the team’s top starter, who also happens to be one the league’s best CB’s. This is a painful loss for the Cardinals, but to add to the problems, NT Dan Williams and DL Darnell Dockett also won’t feature. Then LB Daryl Washington is still serving his suspension. The loss of these players could see Arizona’s defense weaken a bit, and they could leave their ranking in the top five.
Despite last season’s horrible play at the QB position, it proved to be a great year for WR Michael Floyd. He was only able to record 47 catches, but was a target on 99 occasions. On his catches, the player recorded 841 yards. He also made 6 TD’s – a high in his career, besides logging nearly 18 yards for each catch made.
Even though they did very well last season with Palmer out, many sportsbook software services believe that they simply won’t reach the playoffs. Their defense is now with some very good starters, and Palmer, at 35, is back after his injury. They’re going to have a very hard time getting a spot in the wild-card games, and with the Vikings and Giants on the horizon, things look even more difficult.