The Arizona Cardinals suffered their first double-digit loss of the 2021 NFL season Sunday on the team’s home turf in Glendale.
The 34-10 shellacking came at the hands of the 5-5 Carolina Panthers, who scored early and often in a one-sided romp.
Now the 8-2 Cardinals must refocus ahead of a Week 11 road game against 3-6 Seattle. The Cardinals and Seahawks kick off at 2:25 p.m. Arizona time Sunday on FOX.
Cardinals Slight Favorites Against Seahawks Sunday
The Cardinals’ struggles against the Panthers haven’t given Arizona sportsbooks reason to jump off the bandwagon, at least as far as this week’s game is concerned.
Arizona is a 2-point favorite against the Seahawks at FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona as of Monday afternoon
For those looking to make a moneyline wager on the contest, BetMGM has the Cardinals at -125, while DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona's number is -140, and FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona has it at -136.
The over/under is 50.5 total points (-110) on FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona, with BetMGM Arizona and DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona listing it at 50 (-110).
Arizona’s Super Bowl Odds Take a Hit
At Caesars Sportsbook Arizona, the Cardinals fell to +1000 to win the Super Bowl, going from fourth to a tie for fifth in that category.
The team also saw its standing drop to +1100 on DraftKings (4th to T-6th overall), +1000 on FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona (4th to T-4th overall), and +1000 on TwinSpires Sportsbook Arizona (3rd to 5th overall).
Arizona’s odds at BetMGM Arizona remained at +900 Monday, good for fourth in the 32-team NFL.
Kliff Kingsbury’s squad will look to get back on the right track against a Seahawks team that lost, 17-0, to Green Bay on Sunday.
Kyler Murray’s NFL MVP Odds Fall
One-time NFL MVP frontrunner Kyler Murray also saw his odds take a beating over the weekend, after the former Heisman Trophy winner missed his second straight start with an ankle injury.
Murray, who has thrown for 2,276 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, now finds himself outside the top four in the MVP race at all five sportsbooks.
The third-year QB ranks fifth on TwinSpires Sportsbook Arizona (+800) and in a tie for fifth on Caesars Sportsbook Arizona (+1000).
He ranks tied for sixth overall on DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona at +1600, and seventh on FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona with the same odds.
BetMGM has Murray at +1200 through 11 weeks of play, which is good for seventh overall in the MVP chase.
Cardinals Forced to Regroup After Blowout Loss
Perhaps the most memorable part of Sunday’s game was when Newton, who the Panthers signed during the week, barreled into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown run to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Newton, who once led Carolina to a Super Bowl before leaving the team ahead of the 2020 season, loudly exclaimed “I’m back,” several times after the score, setting the stage for an outing that would leave Arizona’s defense black-and-blue.
The Panthers gained 166 yards on 37 carries, averaging 4.5 yards per carry.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, were held to 65 rushing yards and 104 yards through the air, looking pedestrian at best without Murray or wideout DeAndre Hopkins.
Murray and Hopkins will be key figures on the team’s injury report as the week unfolds, with the pair’s health telling the tale of the game’s final odds.