Arizona Cardinals Season Hopes Appear Dim After 1-3 Start

Arizona Cardinals Season Hopes Appear Dim After 1-3 Start
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

The Arizona Cardinals’ one-week rebound caused by upsetting Dallas at home in Week 2 was that and nothing more, with the visitors from the desert getting routed by San Francisco, 35-16. With the loss, the Cardinals' playoff chances continue looking slimmer and slimmer as we're through a quarter of the season.

After the Cardinals loss to the 49ers, it seems like a sure bet to assume they will not make it to the NFL postseason. That much seems clear based upon the expectations from BetMGM Arizona, which gives the team +6600 odds of winning the NFC West. Utilizing Champs or Chumps, looked at how teams ended up the rest of the NFL season after starting 1-3 since 2012. Eighty-two teams have started 1-3 in the last 10 years.

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Performance of NFL Teams Starting 1-3

SituationNumber of Teams Percentage
Making The Playoffs11 of 8213.4%
Winning Wild Card Round2 of 1118.2%
Winning Divisional Round0 of 20.0%

The Cardinals Super Bowl odds are nothing if not consistent. Arizona is maintaining its last-place spot at +75000.

1-3 Starts Unlikely to Lead to Playoffs

Based on our research, the overwhelming majority (86.6%) of teams that have started 1-3 over the last 10 years have not made the postseason. Of the 11 to make the postseason, only two made it past the Wild Card round, while none of those teams made it out of the Divisional round.

The Cardinals look to get back in the win column Sunday, when they host another 1-3 team, Cincinnati, at 1:05 p.m. Arizona sportsbook apps list the Cardinals as a 3.5-point underdog with an over/under of 43.5 points. For now, Cardinals fans can only hope the team can bottle up whatever it did well against the Cowboys in Week 3 the rest of the year.



Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan is the lead writer at after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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