It started with a tie and little did the Cardinals know it at the time, but they would come to embrace that result for decades as the most successful and cherished outcome ever earned against the Denver Broncos. A 17-17 tie between the Broncos and St. Louis Cardinals on Nov. 4, 1973 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in the first regular-season game between the two teams stood as the best performance ever turned in by the Cardinals against the Broncos for nearly four decades.
The St. Louis Cardinals never scored another point against the Broncos, losing 7-0 in their first visit to Denver in 1977. The two teams wouldn't meet again until 1989, when the now Phoenix Cardinals lost 37-0 to Denver, making it 16 years since the Cardinals had scored a point against the Broncos. Denver would just keep on rolling, putting together seven straight victories over the Cardinals until finally on Dec. 12, 2010 at Arizona, the Cardinals crushed Denver 43-13.
But the joy was shortlived. The Broncos won the most recent meeting in 2014 by a 41-20 count. Denver is 8-1-1 all-time against the Cardinals in regular-season play, and own a decisive 289-149 advantage on the scoreboard.
They're The Worst - Hard to believe that just three seasons ago, the Cardinals were a win away from going to Super Bowl 50. And had they beaten the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game, a Super Bowl date with the Broncos would have awaited them. But if you bet on that happening this year, you will most certainly cash in should it become a reality. MyBookie has set the odds on Super Bowl LIII being a game between the Cardinals and Broncos at odds of +58000.
Everywhere you look, sportsbooks are down on the Cardinals. Perhaps it's because they have a new head coach (Steven Wilks) and a new quarterback (Sam Bradford), but some oddsmakers view them as the longest shot of any NFC team to make it to Super Bowl LIII. MyBookie doesn't see it that way. The Cardinals are at odds of +6500 to win the Super Bowl this season, second-worst odds among NFC teams. Bovada, though, has the Cardinals has the NFC longshot at odds of +12500.
BetOnline puts the Cardinals, Bears and Washington Redskins all together at odds of +10000 to win Super Bowl LIII. Over at Betway, the Cardinals, Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are all lumped in at odds of +8000. Bet365 has the Cardinals at odds of +8000 to lift the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season, just ahead of the Bears at +10000. The Super Bowl LIII future book at SportsInteraction places both the Cardinals and the Bears at odds of +8000.
A Denver Dabble? - Would you be bucking a trend if you were to make a play on the Broncos, just three years removed from their last title, winning Super Bowl LIII? Apparently so. While they aren't viewed as complete no-hopers like the Cardinals, the Broncos are positioned more as a middle of the pack option. Bovada places the Broncos as their co-16th betting choice at odds of +4000. BetOnline has Denver at odds of +3300, also their co-16th option in this market.
Wide Open West - The Oakland Raiders have a new head coach. The Kansas City Chiefs have a new quarterback. And what to make of the Los Angeles Chargers, who started the 2017 season 3-6 and finished 6-1? All we are trying to say is that there doesn't appear to be a lock to win the AFC West, so how can the Broncos be counted out? Bovada puts Denver as the longest shot on the board to win the division at +400, and that might be worth a play.
On The Other Hand - Coaches are hired to be fired, so the saying goes, and should the Broncos maintain their downward trend of last season's 5-11 slate, Denver head coach Vance Joseph could find himself in a heap of trouble. BetOnline posted a future book wager on which NFL coach will be the first to be fired during the 2018 season and Joseph is lurking near the top of the list. He's given odds of +600, second only to Hue Jackson (+275) who is 1-31 in two seasons as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
The Bloom On Rosen - The Cardinals spent the 12th overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft on their quarterback of the future, and the only question left to be answered at this point is how quickly does that future become now for Josh Rosen? If Rosen is moved in rapidly to supplant journeyman Bradford as Arizona's No. 1 signal caller, it may also impact how you wager on the NFL offensive rookie of the year. MyBookie seems to be of the opinion that sooner will be Rosen's time. They have him listed at odds to +750 to win the rookie award.
The Book on David - Suffering an wrist injury in the season opener against the Detroit Lions, Cardinals running back David Johnson didn't see the field again in the 2017 regular season. Just one season earlier, Johnson finished seventh in the NFL in rushing with 1239 yards and certainly a return to that form would make Johnson an ideal candidate to be the NFL comeback player of the year. Betway definitely likes his chances. Johnson is their co-third betting choice to earn the honor at odds of +500.
Chandler's Chance - The Cardinals might not be good at a lot of things, but in defensive end Chandler Jones, they suit up one of the finest players in the NFL at getting after the quarterback. Jones led the NFL last season with 17 sacks, 2.5 more than any other player, and Bet365 likes his chances of doing it again. They've listed Jones as the +800 chalk to top the NFL in QB sacks in 2018. Jones is also listed at odds of +2500 to win recognition as the NFL's defensive player of the year.