At the start of every NFL season, there is usually a clearcut team that expects to be the worst in the league. This season, the Arizona Cardinals take that unwanted title and should be the biggest failure in the league during 2023.
It’s in the Cards for Arizona to Lose the Most
Make no mistake about it, another team would have to suffer a major collapse for the Arizona Cardinals to not end the season with the worst record in the NFL. The Cardinals served as an NFL punching bag last season, and without a healthy starting quarterback, life in AZ isn’t going to get any easier in 2023.
I expect the Cardinals to be so bad I want to make a few NFL Picks, fading them in every possible way. Sign me up if there are betting odds for them to fail somehow.
What NFL Lines Say About Arizona
There are several NFL Season Specials that suggest the Cardinals are going to have the worst season in the league. The NFL odds rarely lie, and it’s a fair assumption that the Cardinals will live up (down) to their preseason expectations.
In the days leading up to kickoff of NFL Week 1, the Cardinals are +175 to win the fewest regular season games in the upcoming season. Arizona is by far the NFL betting favorite for this prop, with the second favorite, the Houston Texans, at +650.
The Cardinals would also lead the odds board for the least regular season points scored this year at +450. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to be the second-worst offense in the NFL at +900, while the Washington Commanders are +1000.
If you want to really commit to the Cardinals having a historically bad season, you can bet on any team to go 0-17 at +1000. You can also pick the Cardinals at +1200 to finish 0-17, while the Colts are second in the NFL lines at +3500.
Why Are Cardinals Expected to Be So Bad?
It’s clear that the experts believe the Cardinals will stink this season. But why are they a good bet to be the worst team in football? You start by reading my breakdown of why the Cardinals could start the season 0-9.
First and foremost, I am betting big on the Cardinals to start the season 0-4. The reason for this is the Cardinals decided to start 2023 with injured QB Kyler Murray on the physically unable-to-perform list. That means Murray will miss at least the first four games of the regular season. After he is activated, Murray will have three weeks to practice and be added to the 53-man roster; otherwise, he will have to spend the entire year on the PUP list.
“Kyler Murray has $56M coming & he has a potential to earn $92M that are only protected by the injury guarantee clause..
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 29, 2023
The Cardinals did address this issue since my last article with the addition of QB Joshua Dobbs and the subtraction of Colt McCoy. It seems the team didn’t like what they saw from rookie Clayton Tune and brought Dobbs in to start the season under center. Tune is a fifth-round pick who was never expected to do much more than hold a clipboard.
At a minimum, the Cardinals are so bad that they are an anti-NFL Pick during the season’s first four weeks. Even when Murray started last year, the Cardinals were 3-8. When Murray was on the shelf, Arizona went 1-5, and I’m amazed they managed a single win. The team looked awful for most of the season and embarrassingly bad when McCoy, Trace McSorley, and David Blough played under center.