Raiders vs. Cardinals Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 2 Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Aug 12, 2019

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Kyler Murray and the revamped Cardinals offense will look to build off their strong start with an expanded look against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night.

Las Vegas
7-9
AT
August 15, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
State Farm Stadium
Arizona
5-10
Pointspread +1.5 -112
Moneyline +109
Over / Under o +39.5
Pointspread -1.5 -108
Moneyline -131
Over / Under u +39.5

After all of the hype leading in to his first NFL preseason snap, first-overall pick quarterback Kyler Murray delivered a sharp performance in his exhibition debut. While his most impressive play on film might have been called back because of a penalty, Murray showed glimpses of the outstanding skill that made him the top pick in this year’s draft in a 17-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Jon Gruden’s Raiders are coming off a 14-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1 of the preseason. Gruden placed an emphasis on generating positive preseason results in his initial stint as a head coach, producing a 33-17 record all-time in exhibition games. After leading Oakland to a 3-1 preseason record a year ago and then beating LA in this year’s initial exhibition game, it’s clear that he cares about these games.

Kliff Kingsbury celebrated his debut as the head coach in Arizona with a win in his first preseason game. It’s hard to say whether it was the Cardinals trying or the Chargers lack of effort. We’ll learn more about Kingsbury’s tendencies in this game.

Oakland Raiders

While it’s hard to get a good read on Antonio Brown’s actual outlook, the fact that he has threatened to sit out unless he gets to wear his previous helmet is another important caution for the Raiders organization. Brown, who is already dealing with significant issues with his blistered feet, has complained about his view being obstructed by the league’s new mandated helmets. Meanwhile, with Brown sitting out, Derek Carr will be forced to make the most of his snaps without him. Carr sat out for Oakland’s win over the Rams last week. He should play limited snaps in this contest with Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman once again seeing the bulk of the work.

On the surface, the Raiders have a good rotation at the position as Glennon is a former starter and Peterman looked solid last week. However, Glennon was a train wreck last week, throwing two picks.

It’s hard to make anything out of the Raiders’ defensive effort against Los Angeles after pretty much all of the Rams starters sat in that game. The Rams finished with just 190 yards of total offense.

Arizona Cardinals

Murray went 6-of-7 for 44 yards on 10 plays in his preseason debut. With key veterans like Larry Fitzgerald on the sideline, the Cardinals played it safe in that opening win. Fitzgerald likely won’t play again this week but we could see more from Murray as Kingsbury likely adds to his workload. The 2018 Heisman trophy winner should benefit from the presence of running back David Johnson in the lineup. Johnson had two carries for four yards along with one catch for 14 yards.

The Cards have a decent rotation at both positions as Brett Hundley, who has started regular season games before, came in and went 10-of-14 for 104 yards and a touchdown last week. At running back, the Cards have Chase Edmunds, D.J. Foster and T.J. Logan behind Johnson. It’s not a stellar crew but it is a group of players that has NFL experience.

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