The Arizona Cardinals are heavily favored in Week 3 after starting the season 2-0.

After 2-0 Start, Arizona Cardinals Heavy Week 3 Favorites

The Arizona Cardinals are expected to improve to a 3-0 record for the first time in six years after narrowly defeating the Minnesota Vikings by one point at home on Sunday.

Arizona fell short of the 3.5-point spread in their game against the Vikings last Sunday, but operators remain hopeful about the team’s prospects for their next game against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars in North Florida this coming Sunday.

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The popularity of betting on the NFL and Arizona Cardinals has surged in Arizona, with the state ranking fourth in the nation for the highest amount of bets placed during the opening weekend.

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Week 3 Expectations

According to Arizona betting apps, the Cardinals are expected to win against the Jaguars by seven points this Sunday. DraftKings Arizona and BetMGM Arizona are both favoring the Cardinals, while FanDuel Arizona has them listed as a 7.5-point favorite.

The Cardinals and Jaguars are set to square off on Sunday at 10 a.m. Arizona time (1 p.m. Eastern), with the game airing live nationwide on FOX.

The Jaguars have experienced consecutive double-digit defeats to begin the regular season, with a 23-13 loss to the Denver Broncos at home this Sunday following a 37-21 defeat to the Houston Texans in Week 1.


Trevor Lawrence, the number one pick in the NFL Draft, has encountered difficulties in his first season as a rookie playing under new head coach Urban Meyer. Lawrence’s completion rate stands at just 50%, with 450 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions.

The Jaguars have been struggling with their running game, only averaging 75.5 yards per game, ranking them 26th in the NFL.

The Cardinals will look to take advantage of another favorable matchup by using their unstoppable pass rush, which has already recorded seven sacks this season.

Lawrence struggled against the Broncos’ pass rush, getting sacked once and earning a 30.5 QBR according to ESPN.

Vance Joseph, the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals, utilizes defensive strategies that strongly resemble those of Vic Fangio, the head coach of Denver. This similarity indicates that Arizona could present a major challenge for Jacksonville’s offensive line in their upcoming Sunday game.


Uncommon Meeting of Teams

Since 2000, the Cardinals and Jaguars have faced off five times, with Arizona winning the last three games.

The teams last met on November 26, 2017, when the Cardinals won with a 57-yard field goal by kicker Phil Dawson in the closing moments of the game.

The Cardinals narrowly defeated the Jaguars 27-24 in their only close matchup against the team from Arizona.

The Cardinals secured double-digit victories against their opponents in 2013 (27-14) and 2009 (31-17).

The Cardinals were handed decisive losses by the Jags in 2005 (24-17) and 2000 (44-10).


The story of how Arizona reached a 2-0 record.

Murray’s impressive performance, throwing for 400 yards and four touchdowns with his powerful right arm, led the Cardinals to a narrow victory over the Vikings on Sunday.

The team clinched their win after Vikings kicker Greg Joseph’s 37-yard attempt went wide of the right upright in the closing moments of the game.

In the first half, both teams managed to score touchdowns, but in the second half, the game became a showdown between the kickers.

During the final quarter, Murray threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green, giving the Cardinals a 31-30 lead. Arizona then reclaimed the lead with Matt Prater’s 27-yard field goal with 4:25 left, securing the win.

Kliff Kingsbury, head coach of the Cardinals, commended his team for their resilience and effort in reaching the finish line, no matter the obstacles they faced. He also praised quarterback Murray for his impressive performance.

Kingsbury noted that the player is gaining confidence in the game, drawing on skills from his college days to deftly navigate with his legs and prolong plays.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher, who has accumulated more than seven years of experience covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for publications like ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News, currently holds the position of lead writer at yengols.com.

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