The final game of the Arizona Cardinals’ 2021 NFL preseason kicks off Saturday evening in New Orleans at the Caesars Superdome. It should be the final Cardinals’ game before legal Arizona sports betting begins.
The Cardinals, who have split the team’s first two preseason contests against the Dallas Cowboys (19-16 win) and Kansas City Chiefs (17-10 loss), will look to knock off the New Orleans Saints at 5 p.m. local time (8 p.m. EST).
The Saints are currently about 3.5-point favorites (-102) and the over/under is running around 34.5 points. New Orleans is 1-1 in the preseason.
Third-year Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray could see most of the action. Murray, who has the 10th-best odds of winning NFL MVP in 2021, appeared in one series during Arizona’s loss to Kansas City last Friday.
The former Heisman Trophy winner finished the night with two passing yards on 1 of 4 completions, with eight rushing yards as well.
It was Murray’s first action of the three-game preseason schedule after sitting out the team’s opener.
Sports Betting in AZ Coming Soon
Arizona sports betting begins on Sept. 9, when the NFL’s regular season kicks off. For those getting ready for Arizona Cardinals betting, they start the 17-game regular season on Sept. 12 against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. Pre-registration for the start of legal wagering in Arizona should begin Saturday.
Looking forward to Saturday’s preseason finale to get you interested for the sports betting market opening, the current line on DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona, BetMGM Arizona, Unibet Arizona, FanDuel Arizona, PointsBet Arizona and BetRivers Arizona has the Cardinals as a 3.5-point underdog.
Of those five, BetMGM, Unibet and FanDuel have the over/under for Saturday’s game at 34.5, while DraftKings and PointsBet have the number at 34.
The Cardinals-Saints showdown can be seen on Channel 12 (KPNX) locally, while KTTU and KMSB in Tucson and KOAT in Albuquerque will also show the game in those markets.
Arizona Cardinals’ Starters to Watch
Murray watch enters its third week, as the dynamic quarterback has played one series in the Cardinals’ two preseason games to date.
Murray is coming off an electric sophomore season, throwing for 3,971 yards and 26 touchdowns, while rushing for a career-high 819 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Aside from Murray, it’ll be interesting to see which receivers are targeted on Saturday night, a week after second-year wideout Greg Dortch led all Cardinals in receptions (three) and receiving yards (44).
Keep an eye on rookie wideout Rondale Moore, an All-American at Purdue, both in the backfield and in the slot for Arizona on Saturday.
Moore reeled in three catches for 15 yards and added nine yards on the ground against the Chiefs and should be featured heavily in head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense from now on.
On the defensive side of the ball, it’ll be interesting to see if Arizona’s secondary can continue to force turnovers like they did last week.
The unit finished last Friday’s contest with two interceptions, as third-year cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. and fifth-year safety Charles Washington grabbed a pick each.