It’s safe to say the Arizona Cardinals would probably like to move past the franchise’s first NFL playoff game since sportsbook apps in Arizona opened.
The Cardinals, who entered Monday night’s NFC Wild Card game against the Los Angeles Rams as a 3.5-point underdog, were shellacked 34-11.
The one-sided loss didn’t overshadow the enthusiasm among NFL betting fans, both in Arizona and beyond — Monday’s clash ranked atop or near the top in terms of money wagered.
Cardinals-Rams Game a Big Draw
The Cardinals-Rams showdown brought in the largest handle of any of the NFL’s six Wild Card games at BetMGM Arizona, which is the official sports betting partner of the Cardinals.
The second-most bet game for BetMGM Arizona was San Francisco-Dallas, followed by Pittsburgh-Kansas City, Philadelphia-Tampa Bay, New England-Buffalo, and Las Vegas-Cincinnati.
The scene was much the same at Caesars Sportsbook Arizona, which saw an outsized handle Monday night.
“That game was a clear No. 1 due to some massive bets,” a company spokesperson told BetArizona.com, referencing wagers of $560,000 on Cardinals moneyline (+160), $330,000 on Rams moneyline (-165), and $517,500 on Rams -3 (-115).
The Cardinals’ first NFL Playoff game in six years also finished near the top for WynnBET Arizona, second behind Sunday’s Cowboys-49ers clash.
WynnBet’s third-most bet game was Pittsburgh-Kansas City, followed by Philadelphia-Tampa Bay, New England-Buffalo and Las Vegas-Cincinnati.
Stacking Up the NFL Divisional Round
Eight teams are left standing in the NFL postseason for fans who still want to get in on the Arizona sports betting action.
First is the AFC showdown between Cincinnati and Tennessee, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Arizona time Saturday on CBS. The 49ers and Packers play at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday on FOX. On Sunday, the Rams and Buccaneers kickoff at 1 p.m. on NBC, and the Bills and Chiefs follow at 4:30 p.m. on CBS.
The Titans are listed as a 3.5-point favorite across BetMGM Arizona, DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona and FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona.
Three operators have the Titans as the moneyline favorites — -170 in favor of Tennessee on DraftKings Arizona, -180 on FanDuel, and -190 on BetMGM Arizona.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are 1.5-point favorites over Buffalo on BetMGM Arizona and FanDuel Arizona, while DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona has the Chiefs at -2 on Sunday.
In the NFC, the Packers are 5.5-point favorites on all three sites, while Tampa Bay is a 3-point favorite over the L.A. Rams.
In terms of moneyline wagers, the Packers are listed at -225 (DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona), -245 (FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona), and -250 (BetMGM Arizona). The Buccaneers are listed at -135 (DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona), -146 (FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona), and -150 (BetMGM Arizona).
Kansas City is listed at -125 on Sunday at DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona and BetMGM Arizona.