The Arizona Cardinals ended their season with a bang. They never got above .500 and finished the year at 8-8 by knocking the Seahawks out of contention with a season-ending 26-24 victory. But the big story came days after that win with Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer announcing their retirement from the game. The two were responsible for changing the culture within the organization and have laid the foundation for the next coach-quarterback combo.
Since relocating to the desert in 1988, the Cards had just three winning seasons that all led to playoff appearances, and only season with double-digit victories before the club hired Arians for the 2013 campaign. In his first season Arians won 10 games, followed by 11 wins the following season and a franchise record 13 victories in 2015 when the Cards advanced to the NFC Championship Game.
And behind it all was Palmer, who was thought to be too old when the Cards swung a deal with the Oakland Raiders to acquire him before the 2013 season. Palmer enjoyed some of his finest seasons working in Arians’ offense. He threw for over 4,000 yards three times but the injury bug continued to plague him. His 2014 season was cut short by a knee injury and he was placed on injured reserve earlier this season after breaking his arm. Blaine Gabbert and Drew Stanton each had their chance to run the offense but neither did it as effectively as Palmer. Now the team needs a quarterback to compete in the NFC West arm race.
2017 Record: 8-8
2017 ATS Record: 6-9-1
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 6-10
Current Super Bowl Odds: N/A
Current Odds to Win NFC: N/A
Current Odds to Win NFC West: N/A
Week 17: Cardinals 26, Seahawks 24
ATS Result: Cardinals +8
Over/Under Total Result: Over 38
The Cards dominated the first half and built a 20-7 lead on a Stanton touchdown pass, a short scoring run by Elijhaa Penny and two Phil Dawson field goals. But the Seahawks clawed their way back to take the lead on a Russell Wilson scoring pass early in the fourth quarter. The Cards got in position for the eventual game-winning field goal and Dawson connected from 42-yards out for the outright win.
Week 16: Cardinals 23, Giants 0
ATS Result: Cardinals -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 39
Larry Fitzgerald had a big day and the defense had a bigger one in the team’s first shutout in 25 years. The Cards ended their run of touchdown-less football at 182 minutes, 24 seconds of game time when Fitz caught a touchdown pass for a 10-0 lead at halftime. The Cards scored two more touchdowns in the second half to easily cover the spread and forced a punt and two turnovers on downs on New York’s last three drives to keep the score below the total.
Week 15: Redskins 20, Cardinals 15
ATS Result: Redskins -4
Over/Under Total Result: Under 40
Field goals weren’t enough this game and the Cards were eliminated from the playoff race while failing to cover the spread against the Skins. Arizona has now gone 10 quarters without scoring a touchdown, and while Phil Dawson led them to victory last week, his five three-pointers weren’t enough after Washington scored two first-half touchdowns.
Week 14: Cardinals 12, Titans 7
ATS Result: Cardinals +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 42
The Cards didn’t score a touchdown but four Phil Dawson field goals were enough to get the outright win while keeping the score will below the closing total. Arizona held the Titans to just 204 yards and picked off a pair of Marcus Mariota offerings, including one by Josh Bynes in the fourth quarter with the Cards nursing a 9-7 lead.
Week 13: Rams 32, Cardinals 16
ATS Result: Rams -7.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 43
Falling behind 16-0 in the first quarter wasn’t the start the Cards were looking for, though they responded with a pair of scores to slice the margin to 16-13 near the end of the first half. The offense sputtered in the second half and the Cards managed just a field goal while the Rams tacked on 13 more points to hand the Cards the ATS loss going away.
Week 12: Cardinals 27, Jaguars 24
ATS Result: Cardinals +6
Over/Under Total Result: Over 37.5
It wasn’t a clean performance by Gabbert, but the result was a win. His fumble was returned for a touchdown that gave the Jags a brief lead. Gabbert marched the Cards to paydirt on the next possession, hitting Jaron Brown on a 52-yard strike. With the game tied and 16 seconds on the clock, Gabbert hit a pair of sideline throws to get the Cards in range for Phil Dawson’s career-long 57-yard game winner and the outright win.
Week 11: Texans 31, Cardinals 21
ATS Result: Texans -2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 38
Gabbert had three scoring passes and the Cards led 21-17 midway through the third quarter. Houston scored on its next possession to retake the lead, setting the stage for a failed fourth-down attempt. Adrian Peterson was stopped for a loss on fourth-and-one, giving the ball back to the Texans at the Arizona 34. Houston cashed in on the very next play to cement the game and the Cards ATS loss.
Week 10: Seahawks 22, Cardinals 16
ATS Result: PUSH Cardinals +6
Over/Under Total Result: Under 40
The Cards were on the verge of covering the spread after Andre Ellington’s 1-yard touchdown run with 20 seconds left, only to have Jeremy Lane block the PAT leaving the game a push. Arizona couldn’t get much going offensively with Peterson held to 29 yards and Stanton ineffective. The defense was good with the exception of one play when Russell Wilson eluded tackles and threw a prayer that was answered by Doug Baldwin. Seattle cashed in for TD on the next play to put the game away.
Week 9: Cardinals 20, 49ers 10
ATS Result: Cardinals -2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 39
The Cards gave the ball to Peterson and let the defense do the rest. AP scampered for 157 yards and the D forced eight punts, two turnovers and a pair of turnovers on downs to cash the under. Drew Stanton was efficient throwing for a pair of touchdowns and the Cardinals covered the 2.5-point spread despite a missed Phil Dawson field goal and a pick in the end zone.
Week 8: BYE
Week 7: Rams 33, Cardinals 0
ATS Result: Rams -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 45.5
Whatever was left of the game and season was lost when Palmer sustained a broken arm in the second quarter. The Cards trailed 6-0 at the time and the play resulted in an interception that L.A. turned into a score. The Cards never recovered and fell to 1-6 ATS this season.
Week 6: Cardinals 38, Buccaneers 33
ATS Result: Cardinals +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
The first half was reminiscent of two seasons ago when the Cards piled on the points, building a 31-0 lead on their way to their first cover win of the year. The end got a little dicey when they allowed 27 fourth quarter points, but the damage had been done. The arrival of Peterson had the Cards looking like a different team as they amassed over 300 yards in the first half, cashing the over for the first time in five games.
Week 5: Eagles 34, Cardinals 7
ATS Result: Eagles -6
Over/Under Total Result: Under 45
This was an absolute mismatch and the Cards got smoked. Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes on consecutive throws in the first quarter and Arizona moved to 0-5 ATS as they failed to mount a comeback and threaten the 6-point spread. The offense became one-dimensional without a run game and Palmer was unable to get the Cards more than the one touchdown, making the under a winner again.
Week 4: Cardinals 18, 49ers 15 (OT)
ATS Result: 49ers +6
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43
The Cards ended the field goal-fest in overtime by scoring the game’s only touchdown on a Palmer to Fitzgerald strike. Palmer spent plenty of time picking himself up, but running a two-minute offense late in overtime proved fruitful. The Cards managed to get down the field on their possession after the Niners booted a field goal to take the lead, and Palmer’s dart was the difference. The Cards have yet to cover, moving to 0-4 ATS and they played below the total for the third straight game.
Week 3: Cowboys 28, Cardinals 17
ATS Result: Cowboys -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46.5
The start couldn’t have gone better for the Cards in their home opener. They drove the length of the field on their first drive and took an early lead. They did the same on their second drive, only to have a penalty take six off the board and a missed field goal seemed to inspire Dallas. The offense sputtered after that and Palmer was sacked and hit often. Arizona got worn down, failing to cover the spread for a third time.
Week 2: Cardinals 16, Colts 13 (OT)
ATS Result: Colts +7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 44
The Cardinals never led until Dawson’s game-winning overtime kick and it wasn’t enough to cover the spread as the Cards fell to 0-2 ATS. Palmer led a dramatic comeback in the fourth quarter tossing a touchdown pass and leading the team to a tying field goal. The Cards had a chance to win in regulation, but Dawson missed a 42-yard try, however he was bailed out by the defense and got another chance in OT, which he capitalized on.
Week 1: Lions 35, Cardinals 23
ATS Result: Lions +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 48.5
Justin Bethel intercepted Matthew Stafford’s first pass and returned in 82-yards for a touchdown and the Cards added a field goal for 10-0 first quarter lead. Williams added a third quarter touchdown run to build the advantage to 17-9 before the roof caved in. Detroit scored on three straight possessions and thwarted any Arizona comeback attempt by picking off a Palmer offering and returning it for score to seal the deal with just over four minutes left.
Preseason Record: 2-3
ATS Record: 2-3
Over/Under Total Record: 2-3
The last time the Cards played Detroit they knocked Matthew Stafford out of the game. Not physically, Stafford was fine, but his ego was crushed after the Cards picked him off three times. And the Cards have never lost to the man who just became the game’s highest paid player. The Cards have won all four meetings in which Stafford started and have won seven straight overall in the series.
Week 1: Cardinals at Lions, Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 2: Cardinals at Colts, Sunday, September 17, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 3: Cardinals vs. Cowboys, Monday, September 25, 8:30 p.m. ET -- ESPN
Week 4: Cardinals vs. 49ers, Sunday, October 1, 4:05 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 5: Cardinals at Eagles, Sunday, October 8, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 6: Cardinals vs. Buccaneers, Sunday, October 15, 4:05 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 7: Cardinals at Rams (in London), Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: Cardinals at 49ers, Sunday, November 5, 4:05 p.m.ET -- FOX
Week 10: Cardinals vs. Seahawks, Thursday, Nov. 9, 8:25 p.m. ET -- NBC/NFL Network
Week 11: Cardinals at Texans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 12: Cardinals vs. Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 26, 4:25 p.m. ET -- CBS
Week 13: Cardinals vs. Rams, Sunday, Dec. 3, 4:25 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 14: Cardinals vs. Titans, Sunday, Dec. 10, 4:05 p.m. ET -- CBS
Week 15: Cardinals at Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 16: Cardinals at Giants, Sunday, Dec. 24, 4:25 p.m. ET -- FOX
Week 17: Cardinals at Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 31, 4:25 p.m. ET -- FOX
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