Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals had one of the more impressive Week 1 performances on Sunday, and oddsmakers took notice.
Murray’s MVP odds and the Cardinals’ Super Bowl odds both moved following Sunday’s 38-13 win over the Tennessee Titans, which included five combined touchdowns by the versatile quarterback.
Murray threw for 289 yards on 21-of-32 passing with four touchdowns in the air and ran for another 20 yards and a score, dicing up a porous Titans defense. in Sunday’s early window. He entered the season near the top of the NFL MVP oddsboard already, but that number dropped even lower from +1600 at DraftKings to +1000. At BetMGM, Murray moved to +1200 from +1600.
Only Patrick Mahomes (+400) and Matthew Stafford (+800) are ahead of Murray on the MVP oddsboard.
A win as an underdog against a playoff team in the Titans serves as a big result for the Cardinals from a futures standpoint. It’s an unexpected victory for the win total, which most bettors believe will finish under. It also has moved Super Bowl odds a bit.
The Cardinals were +3500 at BetMGM to win it all before Sunday. On Monday morning, the Cardinals sit at +3000.
While the win may inspire some to bet the Cardinals after a dominant win, Arizona has been here before. Kliff Kingsbury’s team ran out to a 5-2 record a season ago before faltering late and missing the playoffs at 8-8.
Arizona should be favored in each of its next two games at home against the Minnesota Vikings and on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3. After that, it’s a tough stretch on the road against the Los Angeles Rams, at home against the San Francisco 49ers and hitting the road against to face the Cleveland Browns.