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Kyler Murray's Cardinals given second-worst odds to make the playoffs

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Josh Rosen looks to pass for the Cardinals last season. (AP Photo)
Josh Rosen looks to pass for the Cardinals last season. (AP Photo)


The NFL Draft is over. NFL free agency is basically over. Rosters are mostly set. Which means we have a clearer idea of what the 2019 season could bring.

BetOnline.AG has released its odds for every NFL to make the playoffs. And the teams given the worst chance to make the playoffs are the two teams that have employed Josh Rosen in the last week.

The Arizona Cardinals, who have turned over their reins to top draft pick Kyler Murray, are given a 9.9 percent chance. The Miami Dolphins, who traded with Arizona last Saturday to get Rosen and make him their quarterback, are given an 8.6 percent chance.

Here’s the list, by division:

AFC East: Patriots 84.2%, Jets 23.8%, Bills 18.9%, Dolphins 8.6%

That Miami number is really low, but it’s influenced by New England’s high number. For going on two decades, the Patriots’ dynasty has been enhanced by being in the lowly AFC East. But you also can look at it another way. The downtroddenness of New York, Buffalo and Miami is enhanced by being in a division with New England.

AFC North: Browns 55.1%, Steelers 46.9%, Ravens 34.8%, Bengals 13.6%

Man, people are high on Cleveland. With good reason. But reaching the AFC playoffs via the wild card seems dicey in the North Division, with the Chargers and the depth of the AFC South. And despite all the momentum with the Browns, does anyone really feel comfortable believing they have a better chance than Pittsburgh?

AFC West: Chiefs 79.5%, Chargers 66.4%, Broncos 18.9%, Raiders 15.8%

Save your money if you believe in Kansas City. This number will go down when the Chiefs finally release Tyreek Hill. Heck, the Chargers could become the favorite.

AFC South: Colts 65.3%, Titans 46.9%, Texans 38.4%, Jaguars 21.1%

Great future for Indianapolis. The Colts have a healthy quarterback in Andrew Luck, a manageable payroll and reached the playoffs last year.

NFC East: Eagles 63.4%, Cowboys 46.9%, Giants 15.8%, Redskins 15.8%

No NFC East champ has repeated since Philadelphia in 2003-04. The Cowboys won last season.

NFC South: Saints 71.8%, Falcons 36.6%, Panthers 29.4%, Buccaneers 18.9%

Who blinks first, Drew Brees or Tom Brady?

NFC Central: Bears 55.1%, Packers 53.1%, Vikings  41.3%, Lions 18.9%

Only division with three teams sporting at least a 40 percent chance of making the playoffs. If every team was created equal, each team would have a 37.5 percent chance (six out of 16). But the dominant teams skew the numbers. So the NFC Central sports the best parity.

NFC West: Rams 71.8%, Seahawks 39.8%, 49ers 31.6%, Cardinals 9.9%

Sorry, Kyler. But the pessimism surrounding the Cardinals makes sense, doesn’t it? Bad team to start with, 3-13 a year ago. Now a rookie quarterback who will start from the jump. That’s not a recipe for success.

Related Photos
FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2018, file photo, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen drops back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle. Rosen, supplanted by Kyler Murray as the Cardinals’ quarterback of the future after only one season, has been traded to the Miami Dolphins in a deal that also involved two draft picks. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2018, file photo, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen drops back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle. Rosen, supplanted by Kyler Murray as the Cardinals’ quarterback of the future after only one season,...

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