The Arizona Cardinals have announced their starting Quarterback for their NFL Week 1 clash against the Washington Commanders. Head Coach Jonathan Gannon said Joshua Dobbs would get the nod under center for the visiting Cardinals.
The 28-year-old Dobbs is not a stranger to Arizona, as he initially committed to Arizona State before de-committing and going to Tennessee instead.
Dobbs has been in the National Football League since 2017 and has already been part of six organizations in the league. Earlier this summer, Cleveland traded him to Arizona for a fifth-round pick in the 2024 draft.
Dobbs has thrown 85 career passes in the National Football League, completing 50 of them. In those passes, the signal-caller has picked up 456 yards and two touchdowns. He also has three interceptions in his career.
The 28-year-old will get the start over Clayton Tune. Tune was drafted in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL Draft. He played College Football at Houston, where he was first-team all-AAC during the 2022 season. Tune finished with 104 career passing touchdowns in College.
Oddsmakers Also Not Sure on Dobbs
With the announcement of Dobbs, oddsmakers in Vegas did nothing to change the odds for the game. The Arizona Cardinals remain a touchdown underdog in this game. The total is set low, at 38 points. Oddsmakers are projecting a 24-14 type win for the Commanders in this game. Or something like 24-17.
Regardless, Dobbs coming in as the announced starter did not raise the odds one way or the other or the projected total. If you want the Cardinals on the moneyline to win the game straight up, you can grab them at +260.
Rest of the NFC West
Arizona is the biggest underdog in the Week One action. The Los Angeles Rams are underdogs taking on a divisional foe in Seattle.
The Rams are +5.5 at Seattle and will be without their top receiver, Cooper Kupp, in this game. Seattle is at home, and the total for that game is listed at 45.5. The other team in the NFC West – the San Francisco 49ers, will go on the road at Pittsburgh.
The 49ers, who signed their man Nick Bosa to a long-term contract, are small favorites at -2.5. The total for the 49ers and Steelers in Pittsburgh is at 41.5.
Other Dogs in Week 1
The National Football League is always good for an upset or two, with big underdogs picking up big wins. Some other candidates for Week One feature the Carolina Panthers on the road at the Atlanta Falcons. Both are starting young quarterbacks.
Bryce Young, in his first game of his NFL career for the Panthers, comes into play at +3.5 at the Falcons. Desmond Ridder and Bijon Robinson will be exciting to watch for the Falcons.
The Cleveland Browns are home against their state-rival Cincinnati Bengals. While they are slight underdogs, they are still underdogs. Joe Burrow says he is healthy, but the Bengals will do everything in their power to make sure they expose what kept him out for the last month. Do not be surprised, with an excellent ground game and solid defense, if the dog barks for Cleveland over Cincinnati.
The Sunday Night Football game features a pair of NFC East teams getting together. We have seen this Sunday Night Football game in the past. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys will play on the road to start the season. The fans in New York are going to be ready to get loud. The city is excited for their football after the Giants made the postseason last year, and the Jets seem to be getting better.
This should be an exciting game, and if New York uses Saquan Barkley properly, they will come away as the underdog winner. Look at considering the Giants’ moneyline!
What’s Next for Arizona?
The Arizona Cardinals will return home from the nation’s capital following this game and prepare for back-to-back home games.
The Cardinals will host the New York Giants in Week Two and the Dallas Cowboys in Week Three. After that, Arizona faces a tough test at the 49ers to start their divisional portion of the schedule.
Enjoy the games, and best of luck!