The Arizona Cardinals capped off the team’s regular season with a frustrating loss at home and a steep devaluation of the team’s Super Bowl odds on Arizona sports betting apps.
The Cardinals, who lost to the Seattle Seahawks 38-30 on Sunday, earned the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs — marking the franchise’s first postseason appearance since 2015.
Arizona will travel to Los Angeles to play the Rams in the NFL’s first Monday Night Football postseason contest on Jan. 17.
The Cardinals and Rams kick off from SoFi Stadium at 6:15 p.m. Arizona time next Monday on ESPN.
Cardinals’ Super Bowl Odds Take a Hit
Because of the Cardinals’ roller coaster ride of a season, sportsbooks are offering long Arizona sports betting odds on the team to win Super Bowl LVI.
The Cardinals championship odds dropped Monday across eight mobile sportsbooks, although BetMGM Arizona kept Arizona’s odds at +1800 for a second consecutive week.
Unibet Arizona, DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona and TwinSpires Arizona all dropped the Cardinals from +2000 to +2500 on their Super Bowl odds chart.
At one of the state’s newest sports betting marketplaces, SuperBook Arizona, the Cardinals fell from +2500 to +3000 in Arizona Super Bowl betting.
Cardinals vs. Rams preview
The Cardinals split their two regular season contests against the L.A. Rams — beating them, 37-20, in Los Angeles, while losing 30-23 in Glendale on Monday Night Football.
Arizona was able to win the first meeting thanks to an outsized effort from quarterback Kyler Murray, who threw for 268 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Murray was helped by a 120-yard showing from RB Chase Edmonds — giving the Cardinals their fourth straight victory to open the 2021 regular season.
The teams’ next showdown, which came Dec. 13, did not fare as well for Arizona — the Rams forced two Murray interceptions and held the Cardinals to 103 rushing yards.
The Rams are favored across three sportsbook operators for Monday’s playoff meeting, with BetMGM Arizona and FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona listing Los Angeles at -4, while DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona has the Rams at -4.5.
As far as moneyline wagers are concerned, both BetMGM Arizona and DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona have the Rams at -200 and the Cardinals at +170, while FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona has L.A. at -210 and Arizona at +176. All three have the over/under on Monday’s Wild Card showdown at 50.5 (-110) total points.
The Cardinals and Rams have met once before in the NFL playoffs — in 1975 when the then-St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Los Angeles Rams 35-23.