30 Nov

Arizona Cardinals

  • Super Bowl Championships: 0
  • Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl 33
  • Claim to Fame: The Cardinals are the only NFL team that has never lost a playoff game at home. They’re 5-0
  • Claim to Shame: The Cardinals have gone 70 years without winning a championship

The Arizona Cardinals were founded in 1898 in Illinois as the Chicago Cardinals. The franchise has since then relocated to Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and finally, Arizona.

A rather awkward time in the history of the franchise came with the temporary 1944 merger of the Chicago Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers. After an underwhelming 0-10 season, the merger was dissolved shortly thereafter.

Despite having one of the longest existences in the NFL, the Cardinals have never won a Super Bowl in the Lombardi era.

In Super Bowl 33, The Cardinals looked to have their first Super Bowl title, until Ben Roethlisberger marched the Steelers down the field and found Santonio Holmes in the corner of the end zone with 35 second remaining.

Losing seasons are a dime a dozen for Cardinals fans, and if you bet on them last couple seasons, well … history repeated itself. The Cardinals are just 13-17-2 ATS over the last two years.

It’s safe to say the Arizona Cardinals are in “rebuild” mode, but the foundations of that rebuild are hopefully in place in the form of first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury and first-overall pick Kyler Murray at QB.

Kingsbury brings his air-raid offense from the college ranks, which should play to Murray’s strengths. The pair will also have the forgotten-about David Johnson at their disposal at running back. Still just 25 years old, Johnson is a lethal threat both on the ground and through the air as long as everything around him isn’t falling to pieces.

Former Texas A&M standout Christian Kirk is entering his second year and should put up better numbers in Kingsbury’s system, while rookie Andy Isabella represents an interesting weapon in the slot.

The defense, which finished 18th in DVOA last year, is going to be a problem. And while All Pro CB Patrick Peterson is suspended for the first six games of the year, it’s going to be a terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad problem. But this is a rebuild year where the most important thing is developing Murray and the other young players who will be the foundation of Arizona’s next competitive team a couple seasons down the road.

ATS Record

Overall Home Away
9-5-2 4-4-0 5-1-2

Over/Under Record

Overall Home Away
9-7-0 5-3-0 4-4-0

Team defense

Type Rank Season Stats
PPG Allowed 29 27.6
YPG Allowed 33 402
Passing YPG Allowed 32 281.9
Rushing YPG Allowed 25 120.1
Turnovers Forced 28 16

Team offense

Type Rank Season Stats
PPG 17 22.6
YPG 22 341.7
Passing YPG 25 217.3
Rushing YPG 10 124.4
Turnovers Committed 11 18

Team standings

Name Record Div Record Streak
ARI 5-10-1 1-5-0 1L
LAR 9-7-0 3-3-0 1W
SEA 12-6-0 3-3-0 1L
SF 15-4-0 5-1-0 1L

Team leaders

Name Score Achievement
Kyler Murray 3,722 Passing
Kenyan Drake 643 Rushing
Larry Fitzgerald 804 Receiving
Kyler Murray 24 Touchdowns
Chandler Jones 19 Sacks
Jordan Hicks 3 Interceptions
SBT's score