On Thursday, the Oakland Raiders will travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals in a nationally televised preseason game on ESPN. Both teams are coming off wins in the first week of preseason and they look to continue that success this week as they continue to feature new roster additions. Most of the starters are expected to suit up for this game on both sides of the ball, which means we should get some exciting on-field action. Kickoff inside State Farm Stadium for the Raiders vs Cardinals game is at 8 PM ET.
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Raiders vs Arizona Preseason Week 2 Game Preview
This week’s matchup will be the fourth time the two teams have played against each other in the preseason since 2015. In the previous three matchups, the Cardinals have the slight edge with a 2-1 record. Oakland has split the previous two preseason tips to Arizona. The Raiders also hold the advantage in regular season and postseason matchups with a 6-4 record.
Oakland (1-0) is coming off a solid win at home over the Los Angeles Rams. QB Derek Carr didn’t play in that game, but is expected to suit up and take the field against the Cardinals. Although Antonio Brown might not be in action this week, other Raiders free agent additions will join Carr on the field this Thursday night.
Arizona (1-0) came out swinging in Week 1 as they beat the Los Angeles Chargers at home. All of the attention was on rookie franchise QB Kyler Murray who looked good in the preseason opener as he went 6 of 7 for 44 passing yards. The game doesn’t appear too fast for him and the Cardinals will give Murray more action on Thursday.
According to most NFL betting sites, the line opened with the Cardinals favored by 3 points. It quickly went up to 3.5 points in favor of Arizona. Online betting sites also saw a slight movement with the over/under as the opening 41-point total has come down to 40.5 total points.
Free NFL Sports Bet and Game Prediction: Cardinals -3.5 Points
I would prefer to get this spread at 3 points, but there’s no telling if it will go back down right now. With that said, I still feel comfortable with the Cardinals covering the current 3.5 point spread.
Last week, the Raiders defeated the Rams 14-3 largely due to Nathan Peterman’s performance. He sparked the team in the third quarter by finishing off the Rams with 66 yards and 1 TD in the air. Peterman also had 56 yards rushing on the ground, which led the team.
The Raiders went up against a Rams team that sat all of their top players and only scored 3 points all game long. That won’t happen this week when the Cardinals unleash Murray, David Johnson, and other explosive weapons. The Raiders will try to counter Arizona’s offense with the return of their own starters to the field this week. More starters on both sides of the ball equals more competition and better action for the fans.
In his NFL preseason debut, Cardinals QB Kyler Murray looked sharp with a 6-for-7 performance and 44 yards in the air. He looked poised in the pocket and led the team in and out of the huddle without any issues. Murray and his fellow starters will see more action this week, and I expect more usage for David Johnson as well.
In the second half of the game against the Chargers, Arizona’s defense held Los Angeles to just six points. They showed some impressive depth on their roster, and I think that will help them this week. I can’t imagine Nathan Peterman being able to put together two successful outings in a row even if it’s the preseason.
The Raiders are 0-6 ATS in their last six Week 2 preseason games. They’re also 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against the NFC West, and 9-19-2 ATS in their last 30 overall games.
The Cardinals are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 grass games, 4-1 ATS in their last five games during the month of August, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games as the betting favorite.
I like the Cardinals in the preseason more than the Raiders. I believe Arizona has a lot more to work on and to prove under first year head coach Kingsbury and new franchise QB Kyler Murray. Additionally, I believe backup QB Hundley will outperform Peterman in the second half of this game.
With Carr getting his first action of the preseason, the first team unit could be a little bumpy in the beginning of the game. Look for Arizona to get out to a lead then hold on until the end of the game.
If you aren’t comfortable with the spread, then take a look at the under. The Raiders have seen the under hit in four of their last five overall games and 12 of their last 14 games against the NFC. For the Cardinals, the under has gone 8-2 in their last 10 home games and 4-2 in their last six overall games. I’m taking Arizona to win 23-17, which means they cover the spread and hit the under.
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