Raiders Cardinals Betting – Raiders Continue Ascent With Road Win In The Desert
Oakland’s sports betting odds for this season aren’t that great, but the Raiders are an improved team who are going to cause some problems for the opposition this year. This week, the Raiders head to Arizona to face the Cardinals, who are coming off an embarrassing loss. Arizona will play better, but Oakland will grind out a win thanks to a solid ground game and a tough defense.
- What: NFL betting
- When: Sunday, September 26th, 4:15 PM ET
- Where: University Of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
- Pick: Oakland Raiders +4.5
What’s On The Line
The Raiders (1-1) managed to come away with a 16-14 win at home over St. Louis, and while they probably should have won by more, a win is a win when you’re an Oakland fan/NFL betting player. The Cardinals (1-1) were humiliated 41-7 in Atlanta in a game that was over by halftime, and Arizona never even looked like they could come back in the second half. Therefore, the Cardinals are playing for pride at this point, while the Raiders are just aiming to get better.
Offensive Matchups: Raiders Cardinals Betting
The Oakland offense worked much better under Bruce Gradkowski than Jason Campbell, which is pretty much the last thing in the world that coach Tom Cable wanted to see. Therefore, we still don’t know who is going to be the starter coming into this game, although we’re willing to bet that Campbell gets another chance. Whoever the starter is, they can only pray for another dominant performance from Darren McFadden, who ran 30 times for 145 yards, showing what a lot of people saw in him at Arkansas. If McFadden and the ground game can be effective, that helps the starter out a lot more.
Outside of Tim Hightower’s 115 yards on the ground, there’s nothing good to say about the Arizona offense’s showing last week. Derek Anderson was 17-of-31 for 161 yards and a pair of picks, and rookie Max Hall wasn’t much better, going 1-of-2 for three yards and a pick. Larry Fitzgerald had seven catches for 83 yards, but he’s facing double and triple-teams on essentially every play. The offensive line didn’t give Anderson much help as he was running around for most of the game.
Betting Edge: Draw
Defensive Matchups: Raiders Cardinals Betting
Of course, you have to take into account that they were playing the Rams, but the Raiders held St. Louis to 210 yards of offense, including 75 yards on the ground. Rookie linebacker Rolando McClain led the way with six tackles, including one suplex that made SportsCenter, and he is the epitome of what the Raiders are aiming for now: nasty in the front seven, because they already have a decent secondary.
The less said about Arizona’s defensive performance, the better. NFL betting players watched the Cardinals basically get pushed around on that side of the ball, and even when Michael Turner went down, the Falcons kept running over them to the tune of 221 yards. You’re not going to beat anyone in the league, or even college, if you’re going to give up that many yards on the ground, and the Cardinals are going to have to do some soul-searching this week during practice.
Betting Edge: Raiders
Notable Injuries: Raiders Cardinals Betting
The Raiders seem to have a clean bill of health heading into this game.
Running back Chris “Beanie” Wells (knee) hopes to practice and make his regular-season debut this week, while receiver Early Doucet (hernia) will probably be out for another month.
Betting Edge: Raiders
Outlook and Pick: Raiders Cardinals Betting
NFL betting odds have the Cardinals as a 4.5-point favorite at home, but the Raiders have won four of five in this series, including a pair of wins in Arizona. We’re going with the Raiders to pull out a win in this contest as well, as the Cardinals will at least show some pride, but it won’t be enough. We’re not sold on Derek Anderson to the point that we’re willing to take Bruce Gradkowski over him, and the Oakland defense is no joke. The Raiders would also do well to get McFadden involved early in the game to take the pressure off of whoever their quarterback is, and we also think the Oakland offensive line will have their way with the Arizona front seven. Go with the Oakland Raiders for the online betting upset on the road.
Stan’s Pick: Oakland Raiders