After making a stunning start to the 2021/22 season, the Arizona Cardinals fell away in the second half of the season, finishing second in their division and exiting the playoffs somewhat tamely.

One of the oldest franchises in the NFL, formed in 1898, the team has played in both the NFC East and NFC West, the latter from 2002 onwards. Initially based in Chicago, the team moved to St Louis in 1960, before moving on to Arizona in 1987.

The Cardinals begin the regular season with a tough opener at home to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Arizona Cardinals Factfile

  • Owner – Michael Bidwill
  • Stadium – State Farm Stadium
  • Capacity – 63,400
  • Super Bowl Wins – 0
  • Conference Champions – 1 (2008)
  • Divisional Champions – 7 (NFL Western 1947, 1948, NFC East 1974, 1975, NFC West 2008, 2009, 2015)
  • NFL Legends – Larry Wilson (S), Pat Tillman (S), Stan Mauldin (OT), J.V.Vain (TE), Marshall Goldberg (HB), Kurt Warner (QB), Dick “Night Train” Lane (CB), Dan Dierdorf (T), Roger Wehrli (CB), Aeneas Williams (CB), Carson Palmer (QB), Larry Fitzgerald (WR)
  • Head Coach – Kliff Kingsbury
  • Offensive Coordinator – Shawn Jefferson
  • Defensive Coordinator – Vance Joseph
  • Special Teams Coordinator – Jeff Rodgers

2021/22 Regular Season Record

  • Division – NFC West
  • Record (W-L-T) – 11-6
  • Position – 2nd
  • TD Scored – 52
  • TD Conceded – 42
  • Passing Yards (TD) – 4276 (27)
  • Rushing Yards (TD) – 2076 (23)
  • Turnovers –  27
  • Defensive Interceptions – 13
  • Fumbles Forced (Recovered) – 21(14)
  • Offensive Interceptions – 11
  • Fumbles Made (Recovered) – 30 (26)
  • Offense Rankings – =12th
  • Defense Ranking – 11th
  • Special Teams Ranking – 16th

2022 Off-Season Roster Changes

Class Of 2022 Draft Picks

  • Round 1 – None
  • Round 2 – Trey McBride (TE)
  • Round 3 – Cameron Thomas (DE), Myjai Sanders (EDGE)
  • Round 4 – None
  • Round 5 – None
  • Round 6 – Keaontay Ingram (RB), Lecitus Smith (OG)
  • Round 7 – Christian Matthew (DB), Jesse Luketa (EDGE), Marquis Hayes (OG)

Key Players Leaving Arizona Cardinals (FA & Trades)

  • Chandler Jones (EDGE) – Free Agency (joined Las Vegas Raiders)
  • Jordan Phillips (DL) – Free Agency (joined Buffalo Bills)
  • Jordan Hicks (LB) – Free Agency (joined Minnesota Vikings)
  • Chase Edmonds (RB) – Free Agency (joined Miami Dolphins)
  • Christian Kirk (WB) – Free Agency (joined Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Max Garcia (G) – Free Agency (joined New York Giants)
  • Darrell Daniels (TE) – Free Agency (joined Houston Texans)

Key Players Joining Arizona Cardinals (FA & Trades)

  • Marquise Brown (WR) – From Baltimore Ravens (for Cardinals 2022 1st Round Draft Pick)
  • Will Hernandez (G) – Free Agency (from New York Giants)
  • Nick Vigil (LB) – Free Agency (from Minnesota Vikings)
  • Darrel Williams (RB) – Free Agency (from Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Ben Niemann (LB) – Free Agency (from Kansas City Chiefs)

Key Players Re-Signed This Summer

  • A.J.Green (WR)
  • Zach Ertz (TE)
  • James Conner (RB)
  • Andy Lee (P)
  • Colt McCoy (QB)
  • Dennis Gardeck (LB)
  • Maxx Williams (TE)
  • Michael Dogbe (DE)
  • Zeke Turner (LB)
  • Aaron Brewer (LS)

Arizona Cardinals Projected Key Players 2022/23 Season

Offense

  • QB – Kyler Murray, Colt McCoy, Trace McSorley
  • RB – James Conner, Darrel Williams, Eno Benjamin, Keontay Ingram
  • WR – DeAndre Hopkins, Marquise Brown, A.J.Green, Rondale Moore, Antoine Wesley, Greg Dortch, Christian Blake, Andy Isabella, Andre Baccellia
  • TE – Zach Ertz, Trey McBride, Maxx Williams
  • LT – D.J.Humphries, Joshua Miles
  • LG – Justin Pugh, Sean Harlow
  • C – Rodney Hudson
  • RG – Will Hernandez, Justin Murray
  • RT – Kelvin Beachum, Josh Jones, Eric Smith

Defense

  • DE/EDGE – J.J.Watt, Zach Allen, Kingsley Keke, Cam Thomas, Michael Dogbe, Matt Dickerson
  • DT – Rashard Lawrence, Leki Fotu
  • OLB – Markus Golden, Devon Kennard, Dennis Gardeck, Myjai Sanders, Jessie Lemonier, Victor Dimukeje
  • MLB – Zaven Collins, Isiah Simmons, Ben Niemann, Nick Vigil, Ezekiel Turner, Tanner Vallejo, Joe Walker,
  • CB – Byron Murphy Jr, Jace Whittaker, Marco Wilson, Breon Borders, Nate Brooks, Antonio Hamilton.
  • SS – Jalen Thompson, Deointe Thompson, Tae Daley
  • FS – Budda Baker, James Wiggins, Charles Washington

Special Teams

  • KR – Rondale Moore
  • LS – Aaron Brewer
  • K – Matt Prater
  • P – Andy Lee

2022/23 Season Schedule

  • Preseason 1 – @ Cincinnati Bengals (12th Aug)
  • Preseason 2 – v Baltimore Ravens (21st Aug)
  • Preseason 3 – @ Tennessee Titans (27th Aug)

Regular Season

  • Week 1 – v Kansas City Chiefs (11th Sep)
  • Week 2 – @ Las Vegas Raiders (18th Sep)
  • Week 3 – v Los Angeles Rams (25th Sep)
  • Week 4 – @ Carolina Panthers (2nd Oct)
  • Week 5 – v Philadelphia Eagles (9th Oct)
  • Week 6 – @ Seattle Seahawks (16th Oct)
  • Week 7 – v New Orleans Saints (20th Oct) TNF
  • Week 8 – @ Minnesota Vikings (30th Oct)
  • Week 9 – v Seattle Seahawks (6th Nov)
  • Week 10 – @ Los Angeles Rams (13th Nov)
  • Week 11 – v San Francisco 49ers (21st Nov) MNF ISMC
  • Week 12 – v Los Angeles Chargers (27th Nov)
  • Week 13 – Bye Week
  • Week 14 – v New England Patriots (12th Dec) MNF
  • Week 15 – @ Denver Broncos (18th Dec)
  • Week 16 – v Tampa Bay Buccaneers (25th Dec)
  • Week 17 – @ Atlanta Falcons (1st Jan)
  • Week 18 – @ San Francisco 49ers (8th Jan)

Games selected for Thursday Night Football (TNF), Monday Night Football (MNF) or International Series (ISL – London, ISMC – Mexico City, ISMU – Munich) are indicated as shown.

Arizona Cardinals – Strengths

  • A decent quarterback, but one who blows hot and cold at times and needs to be more consistent.
  • Solid on offense with a number of weapons available to them.
  • Defensive line is excellent, when fit.

Arizona Cardinals – Weaknesses

  • DeAndre Hopkins will miss the first 6 weeks of the season. A big blow for the team.
  • Age and injuries mean the defensive line may not last the full season.
  • There are still plenty of questions regarding the secondary.

Season Predictions & Top Betting Picks For The Arizona Cardinals

  • Regular Season Record Prediction – 7-10
  • Playoffs? – No
  • Super Bowl Winning Odds – 30/1
  • Conference Champion Odds – 14/1
  • Divisional Winner Odds – 16/5
  • Best Player on Offense – Kyler Murray (QB)
  • Best Player on Defense – J.J.Watt (DE)
  • Best Rookie – Cam Thomas (DE)
  • Surprise Of The Season – Cardinals to struggle surprisingly on defense and be off the pace in the NFC West.

The one worry I have for the Cardinals, who are undeniably a good team when all fit, is their fitness levels and age. Once their defensive line got banged up last season, the team’s defense all but evaporated and so did their blistering start.

I don’t see the depth any more with Chandler Jones gone and I think as such, the Cards defensive issues are going to be the main factor this season.

Our Favourite Pre-Season Betting Picks For The Arizona Cardinals

The odds shown and each market for the Arizona Cardinals is taken from Bet365 Sport.  

  • Tip 1 – Arizona Cardinals to make the playoffs – No – 20/21
  • Tip 2 – Division Finishing Position – 3rd – 17/10
  • Tip 3 – Cardinals v Chiefs – Week 1 – Over 53.0 points – 10/11

*All odds shown were correct at the time of writing with Bet365 Sport but are likely to have changed in the meantime and may also change further as the season progresses.