Hard Knocks: Arizona Cardinals 'underdog pick' for HBO show in 2020

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Would Michael Bidwill want to see Kliff Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals on HBO's Hard Knocks?

The Arizona Cardinals are currently among five NFL teams that could appear on HBO's Hard Knocks next season.

Teams can be chosen for the show if they haven't been in the playoffs in the past two seasons, don't have a first-year head coach and they haven't appeared on the show in the past 10 years.

The Cardinals, with second-year coach Kliff Kingsbury, have never been on the show.

The team also hasn't been to the NFL playoffs since 2015.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers are the other teams that fit the criteria to be on the show, which follows a team throughout training camp, next season.

The Oakland Raiders were featured on the show last season.

Bovada recently released odds for who would appear on the show and the Steelers led the way at -120.

The Cardinals were second at +225, followed by the Jaguars at +450, the Broncos at +600 and and the Lions at +700.

Sports Betting Dime's Jake Mitchell examined the odds.

"At -120 odds, the Steelers don’t provide great value, but they’re the favorite for a reason," he wrote. "They are the biggest brand in the field of eligible teams, and this is a rare chance for HBO to grab them. Arizona at +225 is an interesting underdog pick, given the intrigue of Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury entering their second season."

Awful Announcing has the Cardinals ranked second on its list of teams it would like to see on the show.

It has the Steelers No. 1.

Joe Lucia wrote about the positives and negatives of seeing Arizona on the show: "The Cardinals have a second-year coach with an exciting offense, and an exciting second-year quarterback. That combination alone makes this a tantalizing pick, but the Cardinals have other interesting stories to follow, too, including David Johnson’s return from injury and Larry Fitzgerald’s potential retirement. Throw in a top ten pick in April, a budding young star in Christian Kirk, and a pair of defensive standouts in Chandler Jones and Patrick Peterson, and it’s easy to see why the Cardinals can look so good to HBO this summer. ... I say this with all due respect to the Cardinals and their fans: we’re talking about the Arizona Cardinals here. Phoenix is not the best sports market in the country. The Cardinals have largely been irrelevant across their history, outside of the glory days of Kurt Warner’s last two years, Fitzgerald, and Carson Palmer’s first three years in the desert. Besides, Amazon put together an All or Nothing series on the Cardinals back in 2016 – do we really need another look at the team four years later?"'s Darren Urban doesn't think Arizona would be a good fit for the show.

"You could see the desire, with Kyler Murray, of the Cards to be a story," he wrote. "But Kyler isn't exactly a guy who is out there in front of the camera, mugging his way through training camp. Kliff Kingsbury, who actually has been showing more of his personality in press conferences of late, isn't that guy either."

The Cardinals were featured on Amazon's "All or Nothing" series during the team's 2015 regular season.

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