If you had predicted that an NFL side would still have an undefeated record after six weeks of the regular season, it’s a fair bet you wouldn’t have guessed that team would be the Arizona Cardinals.
The State Farm Stadium side hasn’t completed a winning season since 2015, and as such winning all six of their matches thus far was not something to be expected. It’s perhaps the attacking manner of their wins that is most pleasing to head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
The Cardinals have scored 30+ points in five of their six victories, and a lot of their success can be placed at the door of in-form quarterback Kyler Murray. The NFL MVP longshot, who is now leading the odds for that honor, already has 14 passing TDs to his name.
Now, is it time to consider a punt at betting on Arizona going all the way? Well, if you look here at the current NFL odds, you’ll see that the Cardinals can be backed at very tempting odds of (+1100), and remember before the season got underway, you could get as much as (+4800) on such a bet.
Their position would be even more inviting had it not been for the superb start made by NFC West rivals the Los Angeles Rams (5-1), making progress into the postseason a little trickier and remember this is a Cardinals side that has only managed a spot in the playoffs on five occasions in 40 years.
Their latest win was all the more impressive, as it came shortly after Kingsbury was ruled out of attending the game due to a positive COVID-19 test, which seemed only to motivate the Cardinals further.
“I think once we got the news, it was just an opportunity,” remarked Kyler Murray after Sunday’s game.
“Kind of exciting to go prove ourselves on the road against a great team. I think you could feel the energy before the game.”
“It was different in the sense of obviously Kliff not being on the sideline; for me, when I was looking at the sideline, and I did not see Kliff, and it was definitely odd. But like I said, there were so many people who stepped up. In regards to how the game was called, the game plan is the game plan. We all have a good feel in certain situations on what play is going to be called, and, obviously, Kliff develops that, and we practice it all week. So, Spencer did a good job of sticking to it, but also being able to change on the fly.”
There’s every chance that six wins from six could become seven from seven when Arizona welcomes the Houston Texans to their home field, and a real indicator of what Murray and co. can deliver may then come in Week 8 as they take on a Green Bay Packers side that may present some very real competition to their unbeaten record.