NFC Preview: Arizona

Like in the past few years there is plenty of hype surrounding the 2007 Arizona Cardinals.  However, it takes more than hype to win NFL games and the Cardinals have been stagnant around the five win mark for a number of years now.

Much of the optimism is due in large part to the promising rookie season of Quarter Back Matt Leinart along with arguably the top young receiving tandem in the NFL in Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald.

Oddsmakers at Online Sports Book Bodog.com have odds posted on Matt Leinart throwing for over 3500 yards this season with Boldin and Fitzgerald accounting for over 2500 of those yards between the pair.

Anquan Boldin lead Arizona in 2006 with 1203 yards on 83 catches but only got in the end zone a disappointing four times. Larry Fitzgerald’s numbers were down considerably from his 2005 campaign but he still managed 946 yards and 6 touchdowns despite missing some playing time due to injuries.

Running back Edgerrin James could be considered a big disappointment when you take into account the high hopes the Cardinals had for the veteran back. Despite falling below expectations James did rack off three 100+ yard rushing games in 2006. Bodog oddsmakers have odds listed for Edgerrin James to only rush for 1295 yards in 2007 which is among the lowest of any running back with odds listed.

While the offense has had it's moments, it is hard to get excited about the Cardinals defense. Last season the Cardinals ranked 29th in the NFL, giving up 349.4 yards per game and 24.3 points per game.

The only real strength of the defense is Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson. However, two newcomers will be joining Wilson in the secondary. Safety Terrence Holt and corner Roderick Hood will hopefully add some depth to the Cardinal defense but their impact is not guaranteed.

Outside linebackers Bertrand Berry and Chike Okeafor form a good tandem but Berry will have to avoid injury problems that have plagued him the last couple seasons.

The Cards definitely have some All Pro talent on both sides of the ball but they are still probably not deep enough on defense to make a serious run at the playoffs in 2007.

As a team, the Cardinals are listed at 3/1 odds of winning the NFC West and at 18/1 to win the NFC Conference

As far as Super Bowl 42 is concerned, the St Louis Rams are listed at an incredible 40/1 to win Super Bowl XLII on Sunday 02/03/08 in Arizona which would mean an incredible $4000 payout for every $100 bet.

By: Michael Cash - theSpread.com - Email Us

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