The Drive with Jody Oehler

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Who's the better 2020 bet: Cards or Bucs?

Recently, the William Hill Sports Book released a preliminary list of season win total over/under's for the 2020 NFL season. Neve rmind that we don't know what the world will look like in five plus months or the fact that sports betting isn't legal in Arizona, this is the content I'm here for.

Its better than betting on the weather like Australia has started to do.

Here's an interesting question to consider while we have lots of anxious time on our hands:

Would you rather bet on the BA/TB and the Bucs over of 9 wins or the K1/K2 and the Cards over of 6.5 wins?

Its not an easy choice. The Bucs are loaded at the WR position but are likely losing Ndumakong Suh who helped turn the Bucs D into one of the best run defenses in football.

Tom Brady is 43 and BA's offense is notoriously complex, even for the most savvy of veterans. Combine that with whats expected to be a consolidated offseason for in person preparation and its entirely possible the Bucs get off to a sluggish start.

The path to 10 wins for Tampa Bay also goes through a very difficult schedule for BA and Brady. They'll play the AFC West, the NFC North plus the Rams and Giants.

Meanwhile the Cardinals added DeAndre Hopkins, solidified their defense with several smart signings and still have the 8th overall pick to beef up their offensive line.

The new additions combined with Patrick Peterson presumably around for the start of the season and some scheme consistency defensively for the defense, its not unfair to think the defense could make a similar statistical jump from the bottom to the middle of the pack like the offense did a year ago.

Add in another year of the Kyler and Kliff show with some new weapons and its hard not to get a little carried away.

For their 2020 schedule, the Cardinals will play the NFC East, the AFC East plus the Lions and the Panthers.

On paper, thats a big schedule advantage for Arizona.

Getting to seven wins seems like the baseline for the Cardinals upcoming season whereas 10 wins feels close to the ceiling for the Bucs.

Why not put your money on the Cardinals instead of Tom Brady? Its not like 2020 can get any weirder.

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