The NFC West is supposed to be a two-team race between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. But the Arizona Cardinals have come out of nowhere to make it a three-team battle in the division (Photo credit: Arizona Cardinals).
The Cards are No.1 in the division with a 9-3 record, tied for best in the NFL and their odds too are climbing, currently at +2500 to win the Super Bowl. The public and sportsbooks are taking notice.
Despite the health troubles of their quarterback Carson Palmer, the Cardinals have managed to rack up wins with backup Drew Stanton, largely because of their defense. The Cardinals are 11th in the league in total yards allowed per game with 339.1. Although they are allowing 254.6 yards passing yards per game, they are very good at taking away their opponents’ rushing game. Arizona’s opponents average 84.5 rushing yards per game, third fewest in the league.
However, the Cards’ offense can only take so many injuries. If Arizona is to make it all the way to its first Super Bowl appearance since 2009 (Super Bowl XLIII), the team is going to need veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to stay healthy.
Nonetheless, it’s safe to say that the Cards are among the top contenders for Super Bowl XLIX. The thought of Arizona reaching the next Super Bowl is an exciting idea for neighboring Vegas’ sports betting establishments.
The 2015 Super Bowl will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and the location’s proximity to Sin City plus the impact of the Cards’ possibility of playing in front of their home crowd could all ratchet the event up to unprecedented levels. 2014 saw the highest Super Bowl betting record broken, raking in nearly 120 million. And that’s just with brick and mortar sportsbooks. Online betting will also see unprecedented levels of interest, with new books becoming available for those not able to make it to the desert to put something on their picks. Because of this NFL sportsbook review sites like Super Bowl Betting Guide are popping up to keep interested parties informed, hosting a content trifecta of reviews for online sportsbooks, a glossary of super bowl betting terms, and NFL odds updates.
Las Vegas feels a special kinship to Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona and if the Cardinals do indeed make it to the show you can expect our entire state to get behind it, sportsbooks on the strip and online included.