Cardinals Week 3 Win Over Dallas Among Biggest Recent NFL Upsets

Cardinals Week 3 Win Over Dallas Among Biggest Recent NFL Upsets
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After consecutive second-half collapses against Washington and the New York Giants, Sunday provided a monumental sense of relief for fans of the Arizona Cardinals.

Despite entering Sunday’s game against the 2-0 Cowboys as an 11.5-point Arizona sports betting underdog, the Cardinals punched the visitors in the mouth early and often — building a 21-10 halftime lead and holding on from there.

Arizona never trailed in the 28-16 win, with Kyzir White pulling off the finishing touch for the Cardinals — the sixth-year linebacker snagged a Dak Prescott pass over the middle for a game-sealing interception late in the fourth quarter. Sunday’s victory over the Cowboys was the Cardinals’ first since they took down the L.A. Rams, 27-17, in Week 10 of the 2022 season.

It also was tied for the 12th largest upset by Arizona betting apps point spread in the NFL since 2018. crunched the numbers to see where the Cardinals’ latest win ranks among upsets over the last half-decade.  

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Biggest NFL Upsets Since 2018

Year Result Line
2020N.Y. Jets 23, L.A. Rams 20Jets +17.5
2019Miami 27, New England 24Dolphins +17.5
2018Buffalo 27, Minnesota 6Bills +16.5
2021Jacksonville 26, Indianapolis 11Jaguars +15
2021Jacksonville 9, Buffalo 6Jaguars +14.5
2020Cincinnati 27, Pittsburgh 17Bengals +14.5
2019Atlanta 26, New Orleans 9Falcons +14
2018Arizona 20, Green Bay 17Cardinals +13.5
2018Philadelphia 30, L.A. Rams 23Eagles +13.5
2022Carolina 21, Tampa Bay 3Panthers +13
2021Detroit 30, Arizona 12Lions +13
2023Arizona 28, Dallas 16Cardinals +11.5
2021New Orleans 9, Tampa Bay 0Saints +11.5

Despite the win over Dallas, the Cardinals Super Bowl odds are still the worst in the NFL at +50000.

Victory Among Biggest Recent NFL Surprises

The Cardinals’ win as an 11.5-point underdog was the franchise’s biggest upset victory since they took down the Packers as a 13.5-point dog during Week 13 of the 2018 NFL season.

Leaguewide, Arizona’s victory ranked slightly behind the biggest upset victories since 2018, with the Jets and Dolphins victories (over the Rams and New England Patriots, respectively) ranking atop the league leaderboard. New York was able to beat Los Angeles, 23-20, in Week 15 of the 2020 NFL season, while Miami shocked New England, 27-24 in Week 17 of the 2019 NFL season.

If Arizona is to move to 2-2, it will climb even higher on the upset list. Oddsmakers at BetMGM Arizona list the Cardinals as a 14-point underdog against the 3-0 San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.  



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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