Arizona Cardinals’ 2022 Odds Following DeAndre Hopkins Suspension
The Arizona Cardinals suffered a crucial blow to possibly their best player recently. DeAndre Hopkins was suspended by the NFL and will now miss 6 regular-season games. The star wide receiver plays a major role in his team’s offense, so their odds have shifted a bit.
The NFC West was already going to be one of the toughest divisions in the NFL. Hopkins’ suspension is going to make it even harder on the Cardinals to stay afloat. Los Angeles and San Francisco have been tough teams for a few years now and that likely won’t change.
Let’s take a look at the suspension details and how it will impact the Cardinals’ lineup.
DeAndre Hopkins Suspension Details
The 3-time NFL All-Pro wide receiver was handed the 6-game suspension on Monday. He tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug plus a “masking agent” according to the league.
Hopkins released the following statement after his suspension;
Hopkins struggled with injuries in the 2021 season. He played just 10 games, which forced him to have career lows in receptions (42) and receiving yards (572). His 5-year, $81 million contract was due to expire in 2022, but he signed a 2-year, $54 million extension with Arizona.
The Cardinals will look to try and survive the first 6 weeks of the season without their top wide receiver and possibly player. In a tough division, that could be a huge threat to their odds of making the playoffs.
Arizona Cardinals’ 2022 Outlook
Just before Hopkins’ suspension became public, there was a recent trade that the Cardinals made. They acquired Ravens’ wide receiver Marquise Brown during a draft-day trade. Arizona shipped the No. 23 overall pick and No. 100 overall pick in exchange for Brown.
Brown’s trade request reportedly happened a while ago but wasn’t made public until after the trade. He was unhappy playing in Baltimore’s style of offense, so he will be looking to play a major role in Arizona this year.
There’s a huge void in the receiving core for Arizona following Hopkins’ suspension. Brown now steps into a major role in their offense.
Arizona was (+275) to win the NFC West a few weeks ago, but now they’re creeping up past (+300) on NFL betting sites. If they get off to a bad start in 2022 without Hopkins, their odds are sure to shift even more.
After a perfect 7-0 start to their 2021 season, the Cardinals went on to lose 7 of their next 11 games. Entering the 2022 season without Hopkins for around the first half of it, it will be very difficult to repeat their success from last year.