Super Bowl gambling fans were still skeptical about the abilities of the Cardinals and Arizona was not an overwhelming favorite with the Super Bowl odds in 2009-10. Arizona got a harsh taste of Super Bowl gambling reality in their second round playoff loss at New Orleans as they were destroyed 14-45 as 7-point dogs to be eliminated from the Super Bowl odds board.
While Arizona looked like an improved Super Bowl betting commodity, especially on defense, they were proven to not be a legitimate Super Bowl gambling contender.
The Cardinals defense was an obvious Super Bowl gambling weakness last season and that was proven in their Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers as they were unable to hold the lead and lost in the final seconds. While the defense improved steadily this year it was still far from a true and legitimate Super Bowl gambling asset.
Even in their wild card playoff win against the Green Bay Packers the Cardinals allowed close to 500 yards in total offense in their 51-45 shootout win as 2.5-point Super Bowl gambling home dogs.
Arizona’s offense is explosive and their one true Super Bowl gambling asset but even that will now be in question for the 2010 season as veteran quarterback Kurt Warner may retire. If Warner does not return the Cardinals will be a Super Bowl gambling long shot on the board as there are no legitimate replacements for him to lead the offense.
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt has done a remarkable job in turning around a franchise that was the laughing stock of the league. Nobody ever thought they would see the Cardinals take the field on Super Sunday.
But this season proved that the margin for error is small and that it doesn’t take much for a leading contender to be right back on the board as a forgotten pretender that can be blown off the field.