Cardinals to Host First Primetime Game in the Legal Sports Betting Era.

Cardinals Host 1st Primetime Game in Legal Sports Betting Era

Thursday night presents the Arizona Cardinals with the chance to make history by achieving their best start in the franchise’s 102-year history.

The undefeated Cardinals will face off against the Green Bay Packers in a primetime NFL game, marking the first time Arizona has hosted such an event since online sports betting began on September 9th.

The Cardinals are scheduled to face off against the Packers at 5:20 p.m. Arizona time, and the game will be broadcast live by FOX and the NFL Network nationwide.

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The Arizona Cardinals are expected to win against the Packers.

Arizona sports betting apps currently have the Cardinals as the favored team over the Packers in Arizona NFL betting.

BetMGM Arizona, DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona, and FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona are all showing the Cardinals as favorites. BetMGM has them at -3.5 (-105), DraftKings at -4 (-110), and FanDuel at -3.5 (-105).

If you want to make a moneyline bet on the Cardinals, you can find odds of -175 at BetMGM Arizona, -200 at DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona, and -184 at FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona.

FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona and DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona have set the over/under for Thursday’s game at 52.5 total points, while BetMGM Arizona has it listed at 53.5 points.

The Cardinals have covered the spread in 6 out of 7 games this season, with their only loss against the spread coming in Week 2 when they beat the Minnesota Vikings 34-33 as a 2.5-point favorite.


The Cardinals’ Path to a 7-0 Record

The Cardinals crushed Houston on Sunday, winning with a score of 31-5 and securing their seventh straight victory for the franchise.

Arizona’s impressive win on Sunday allowed them to match the 1974 St. Louis Cardinals for the franchise’s best start.

Kyler Murray’s impressive performance was instrumental in the Cardinals building a 31-point advantage over the Texans, ultimately resulting in their win.

Following Sunday’s game, the former Heisman Trophy winner accumulated 261 passing yards and three touchdowns, completing 20 out of 28 pass attempts. Murray is now the frontrunner in BetMGM’s NFL MVP odds at +350, overtaking Dallas’ Dak Prescott who is now in second place at +400. Just a week ago, Murray and Prescott were tied for the best MVP odds at +400.

Other standout players for the Cardinals in their win over the Texans included running back Chase Edmonds, who led all starters with 81 rushing yards, and running back James Conner, who added 64 yards and scored the lone rushing touchdown of the game.

Zach Ertz and A.J. Green both had 66 receiving yards to lead the Cardinals, with DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk each recording a touchdown reception.


Arizona is a strong contender for the Super Bowl.

The Cardinals are gaining momentum as favorites to win their first NFL championship, with top five rankings in Super Bowl betting odds on multiple sites.

The franchise is currently ranked third on FanDuel with odds of +850, and fourth on both BetMGM (+850) and Caesars (+900) overall.

The Cardinals have the fourth-best Super Bowl odds at +1000 on TwinSpires Sportsbook Arizona.


Struggles on Thursday Night Football for the Cardinals

Since Thursday Night Football was introduced in 2008, the Cardinals have encountered several obstacles, resulting in a 4-7 record in these matchups.

Arizona has lost their last four Thursday Night Football games, falling to the Seahawks (22-16) in 2017, the Broncos (45-10) in 2018, the 49ers (28-25) in 2019, and the Seahawks again (28-21) in 2020.

The Cardinals last won a Thursday Night Football game in 2016, beating the 49ers 33-21 on their way to a 7-8-1 season.

If Kliff Kingsbury’s team can defeat Aaron Rodgers and the red-hot Packers on Thursday night, they will have a 1.5-game lead over the 6-1 Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West with nine games left in the regular season.

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Peterson Christopher

For more than seven years, Peterson Christopher has been reporting on sports and sports betting in Arizona. He has worked for ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News. Peterson is currently the lead writer at yengols.com.

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