The Cardinals have not had the easiest start to their season, losing their starting QB early to injury but the backup came through and this team has looked great. Now with everyone healthy they look to make an even bigger splash this season. Oakland is still winless on the year, they seem to lack offensive caliber, this team has the pieces to make things work but it seems that they just cannot get over their late game turnovers, plays that change the course of the game completely.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Oakland Raiders
4:25 PM ET, October 19, 2014
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Arizona now has QB Carson Palmer back in the lineup and healthy, their defense has really made an impact ranking in the top 5 in both defending the pass as well as the running game. Most of the offense seems to be working great together as the ball is not set in mostly one direction; they are sharing it well and keeping other guessing. I expect this team to come out strong and look to make a statement in this game against a Raiders team that cannot defend the middle of the field.
Oakland just cannot seem to get over the hump, every year it’s something else and their rookies just never seem to fully blossom like other franchises. They keep changing coaches and that also makes things difficult for the players to get into a rhythm. QB Davis Carr has won the starting spot over Matt Schaub who was brought here from Houston but the biggest question mark to date with this team is their running game with Darren McFadden who just doesn’t look like himself.
The book makers opened this game with Arizona -4 and the total at 44.5, the line looks wrong to me, last time I checked a lot of places already had the Cardinals at -5. I just cannot see the Raiders getting past this Cardinals defense or scoring with any ease… I side with the public in this one I expect a dominating performance by Arizona in this game take the best # you can find out there cause it’s only going to get bigger.