Cardinals Among Worst NFL Teams in December

Cardinals Among Worst NFL Teams in December
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It’s been a trying regular season for Arizona Cardinals fans, with the franchise sitting at 2-9 and racing towards another year of missing out on the postseason.

While the Cardinals have looked better since quarterback Kyler Murray returned from an ACL tear, beating Atlanta (25-23) before falling on the road to Houston (21-16) this past Sunday, it’s still going to be a long offseason in the Grand Canyon State.

Arizona sports betting fans can still look forward to the team’s final four regular season games in December and early January, however, with home games against San Francisco (Dec. 17) and Seattle (Jan. 7) to go with road games against Pittsburgh (Dec. 3) and Chicago (Dec. 24).

This weekend, the Cardinals host the 4-6 L.A. Rams in Glendale at 2:05 p.m.. Oddsmakers from ESPN BET Arizona list the home side as a .5-point underdog, with a moneyline of -110 for both teams.

In advance of the December stretch run, utilized to find the records of every NFL team in December since 2013 to find the best to worst teams. Note all teams didn’t participate in the same amount of games, so ranking is based on win percentage.

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December Records Since 2013

Rank Team Record Win%
1 Green Bay Packers 32-9 .780
2 Kansas City Chiefs 34-10 .773
3 Dallas Cowboys 28-14 .667
4 Pittsburgh Steelers 29-15 .659
5 Baltimore Ravens 27-17 .614
6 Philadelphia Eagles 25-17 .595
7 Seattle Seahawks 26-18 .591
8 New England Patriots 25-18 .581
9 San Francisco 49ers 25-19 .568
10 New Orleans Saints 23-18 .561
11 Buffalo Bills 23-20 .535
12 Indianapolis Colts 22-20 .524
T-13 Los Angeles Rams 23-21 .523
T-13 Cincinnati Bengals 23-21 .523
T-13 Los Angeles Chargers 23-21 .523
16 Minnesota Vikings 23-22 .511
17 Miami Dolphins 22-22 .500
18 Carolina Panthers 20-21 .487
19 Atlanta Falcons 20-22 .476
20 Denver Broncos 21-24 .467
21 Arizona Cardinals 20-23 .465
22 Detroit Lions 18-24 .429
23 Tennessee Titans 18-25 .419
24 New York Jets 18-27 .400
25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-26 .395
26 Chicago Bears 16-26 .381
27 New York Giants 16-27-1 .375
T-28 Las Vegas Raiders 16-27 .372
T-28 Houston Texans 16-27 .372
30 Jacksonville Jaguars 15-29 .341
31 Washington Commanders 13-28-1 .321
32 Cleveland Browns 11-31 .262

The Cardinals Super Bowl odds are +100000, tied with Carolina, Chicago, New England and the New York Giants for worst in the NFL.

Cardinals Struggle Down the Stretch

It’s likely of little surprise to Cardinals fans, given the team’s lack of playoff success (five appearances, one NFC championship and zero titles since 2000) that Arizona is among the worst teams in December across the NFL.

At 20-23 since 2013, the Cardinals’ .465 win percentage in December ranks 21st out of 32 teams. Leaguewide, the top teams since 2013 in December have been Green Bay (.780), Kansas City (.773) and Dallas (.667).

Oddly enough, only the Chiefs have turned that hot December play into Super Bowl victories with two. The Packers had four trips to the NFC Championship Game, but lost all four. The Cowboys only have three playoff wins in five playoff trips in that time frame. Arizona betting apps still see the Chiefs as a Super Bowl favorite despite Monday’s loss to Philadelphia. Kansas City and the Eagles are tied for the best Super Bowl title odds with San Francisco at +450.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Cardinals hope to keep building on the return of Murray, as the franchise looks to get back on track heading into 2024. 



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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