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Too soon: Cardinals have slim Super Bowl LV championship odds

Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback Kyler Murray (1) stands on the sideline after leaving with an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Less than 24 hours after the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIV victory, it’s a good time to think a year down the road.

And if you’re a betting man or woman, you’re going to want to know that the Arizona Cardinals have long odds to win the championship for Super Bowl LV.

The Cardinals have 80/1 odds of taking next season’s title on Feb. 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla., according to Bet Online. Those odds are tied with the Cincinnati Bengals (2-14) and Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10).

They are only better than the Miami Dolphins (5-11) and Washington Redskins (3-13), who have 100/1 odds.

Atop the list of Super Bowl LV favorites are this year’s champions, the Chiefs, who have 5/1 odds of returning to the Super Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers (7/1), Baltimore Ravens (8/1) and the New England Patriots (9/1) are also in the chase.

Of course, a lot will change between now and the start of the 2020 season.

Arizona is coming off a 5-10-1 season, its first under head coach Kliff Kingsbury, and improved from the 2018 season drastically on the offensive side of the ball. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray did enough to take home the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors while operating an offense that was one of two in the 32-team league to average 5.0 or more yards per carry.

What could help Arizona improve its championship odds?

Adding weapons at receiver, shoring up an offensive line with free agents at every starting position except guard and re-signing free agent running back Kenyan Drake are all priorities for the offense. Murray making a leap in his second NFL season could help considerably as well.

On defense, the Cardinals will first and foremost be searching for talent along the defensive line. That should help round out a foundation of talent including All-Pro pass-rusher Chandler Jones, cornerback Patrick Peterson, linebacker Jordan Hicks and safety Budda Baker.

Improvements could be had starting with free agency when the new league year begins on March 18 and through the NFL Draft that runs April 23-25.

Super Bowl LV odds (as of Feb. 3, 2020)

Kansas City Chiefs +500
San Francisco 49ers +700
Baltimore Ravens +800
New England Patriots +900
Dallas Cowboys +1600
New Orleans Saints +1600
Green Bay Packers +1800
Philadelphia Eagles +1800
Pittsburgh Steelers +2000
Los Angeles Chargers +2200
Seattle Seahawks +2200
Los Angeles Rams +2500
Minnesota Vikings +2500
Tennessee Titans +2500
Atlanta Falcons +3300
Chicago Bears +3300
Cleveland Browns +3300
Houston Texans +3300
Indianapolis Colts +3300
Buffalo Bills +4000
Las Vegas Raiders +4000
Denver Broncos +5000
Carolina Panthers +6600
Detroit Lions +6600
New York Giants +6600
New York Jets +6600
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6600
Arizona Cardinals +8000
Cincinnati Bengals +8000
Jacksonville Jaguars +8000
Miami Dolphins +10000
Washington Redskins +10000


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