Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders Football Betting Predictions

Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders Betting Predictions

Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders Football Betting Predictions

The Arizona Cardinals will look to extend their winning ways while keeping the revitalized Oakland Raiders from pulling off an upset when the two teams square off in a Week 7 matchup that looks like one of the more NFL betting matchups on the Week 7 schedule.

Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders
When: Sunday, October 19, 2014
Kickoff: 4:25 PM ET
TV: FOX
Spread: Arizona -4
Total: 43.5

Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders Betting Predictions

The Raiders (0-5 SU, 3-2 ATS) lost to San Diego 31-28 as a 7.5-point home underdog in week 6 but played a fantastic game in nearly upsetting the red-hot Bolts as a 7.5-point home underdog.

Even in defeat, Oakland was clearly revitalized under new head coach Tony Sparano.

"We have to be in these kinds of football games," Sparano said. "We have to win one of these types of football games and that’s how you get this thing turned around."

Gifted rookie signal-caller Derek Carr threw for 282 yards and four touchdowns – just one shy of the league rookie record . The second-round pick has thrown for eight TDs with five picks.

"He’s continuously made progress in several football games here," Sparano said. "I’m not just talking about one game right now, but he’s gotten better and better each week."

Arizona (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS) recorded a convincing 30-20 win against reeling Washington on Sunday to cash in as a 5.5-point home favorite while moving to 3-1 ATS over their last four games. The Cards sit atop the powerful NFC West, a division they haven’t won since Kurt Warner was leading them back in 2009.

"I don’t think we’re going to put a huge emphasis on that," said veteran quarterback Carson Palmer. "We are where we are and the rest of our division is where they are. … We’re a long ways away from thinking about postseason and all the things that can happen, the records and what’s happening in Seattle, St. Louis and San Francisco. That’s not our focus."

Palmer completed 28 of 44 passes for 250 yards with two touchdowns in his first game since suffering a nerve injury Week 1 versus San Diego. Palmer connected with veteran wideout Larry Fitzgerald six times for a season-high 98 yards while hitting the eight-time Pro Bowler and veteran Michael Floyd, for their first touchdown grabs of the season.

I really hate not being able to pick the Raiders, particularly seeing how much I like the young Derek Carr, but the fact of the matter is that I expected Arizona to contend for something really big in the NFC this season and that’s just the team they’ve looked like for the most part.

The Cardinals have compiled a perfect 7-0 ATS mark in their last seven road games against a team with a losing home record while also going 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

The Raiders are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an SU loss and a dismal 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games.

The Cardinals are 0-4 ATS in their last four meetings against the Raiders, but I say now is a perfect time to snap that trend.

I’m fully expecting Arizona’s swarming defense to force Carr into at least one or two costly errors that help fuel their outright road win and narrow ATS cover.

My Pick: Arizona Cardinals -4 Points