Cardinals 0-3 Starts to a Season are Rare Since Move to Arizona

Cardinals 0-3 Starts to a Season are Rare Since Move to Arizona
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The Arizona Cardinals have had their share of bad seasons since arriving in the Valley from St. Louis in 1988.

With more losing seasons (23) than playoff appearances (six), it’s safe to say Cardinals fans have experienced the pain of defeat more than savoring the joy of victory over the years. That’s been the case in 2023, where the Cardinals have held second-half leads over Washington and the New York Giants — only to lose both games by single-digit margins.

Ahead of Arizona’s Week 3 home game with Dallas on Sunday, broke down how the Cardinals have fared in the six seasons where they started the year 0-3, to see what a third straight loss could mean for their Arizona sports betting odds the rest of the way.

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Cardinals All-Time 0-3 Starts

Year Final Record/Result

The Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl odds are climbing after two weeks. Dallas is +750 to win the championship, just behind a tie for first between Kansas City and San Francisco (+600). The Cardinals Super Bowl odds are last in the NFL at +100000.

Cardinals Angling for No. 1 Pick

Despite the club’s litany of sub-.500 seasons since arriving in 1988, the Cardinals have rarely started the year 0-3. In 36 NFL regular seasons in Arizona, the Cardinals have only started six seasons 0-3, missing the playoffs on each occasion. An 0-3 start would mean a big dip in the Cardinals' playoff chances this season.

The team’s best year-end result after starting 0-3 was in 1994, when it wrapped up the year 8-8. Conversely, the worst year-end result after an 0-3 start came in 2018, when the one-year Steve Wilks experience wrapped up with a 3-13 record and the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

That pick ultimately landed the Cardinals All-Pro quarterback Kyler Murray, who is currently rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered at the tail end of last season. Fast forward a half-decade, and another first-year coach (Jonathan Gannon) is looking to avoid a similar teamwide faceplant this fall.

Oddsmakers at BetMGM Arizona aren’t riding high on the Cardinals’ this weekend, as they are 12.5-point underdogs with a +500 moneyline.



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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