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#409 Oakland Raiders vs.
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Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 8:00pm EDT
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Arizona Cardinals will host the Oakland Raiders in week two preseason action Thursday night from State Farm Stadium. The Raiders tallied a 14-3 home win over the Rams in their preseason opener, and the Cardinals opened their preseason with a 17-13 home win against the Chargers. The Raiders tallied a 23-21 road victory against the Cardinals in regular season play last season.

Carr Sits Out in Raiders Preseason Opener

The Oakland Raiders enter their second preseason game on a winning note after playing strong defense in a 14-3 home win over the Rams last week. Raiders’ QB Derek Carr, along with several of the Raiders’ starters, did not suit up last week, which means they should see a decent amount of action in this one. The Raiders have a competition between Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman for the backup role behind Carr. Glennon saw extended playing time last week and he converted on 11 of 15 passes for 99 yards with no TD’s and two INT’s. Peterman was the better of the two QB’s, registering 9 completions on 12 pass attempts with one TD. So far the edge goes to Peterman in the clash for the backup role.

J.J. Nelson made his presence felt in his Raiders debut, bringing in two grabs for 43 yards. The fifth-year WR could fit in nicely after spending the last four seasons in Arizona. Nelson only tallied 64 receiving yards last year, although he did record 508 yards in 2017.

Jon Gruden gave DeAndre Washington plenty of playing time in the preseason opener and he responded with 24 rushing yards on six carries. The 26-year old RB is down on the Raiders depth chart. Rookie Josh Jacobs and veteran Doug Martin are the Raiders’ top two choices on the ground and both could play in this one.

The Antonio Brown saga is over as the star receiver has finally reported to camp after stating he will not play if the NFL does not allow him to wear his old helmet. Brown is still dealing with sore feet, and he will not play in this one.

“We’ll work him back in, obviously it’s great to have him back,” Gruden said.

The Raiders scored an average of only 18.1 points last year, pegging them down at 28th in the NFL. Oakland conceded an average of 29.2 points which was the worst mark in the entire NFL.

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Kyler Murray Shines in NFL Debut

The Arizona Cardinals have a bright future which was evident in their 17-13 preseason win last week. Rookie QB Kyler Murray was outstanding in his first NFL action, connecting of 6 of 7 passes for 44 yards. The Heisman Trophy winner was the first overall pick in the draft and he should make an immediate impact. Cardinals backup QB Brett Hundley will likely see plenty of action again this week. The 26-year old QB offers NFL experience after starting in 11 games with the Packers in 2017. Hundley posted a 9:12 TD to INT ratio in the 2017 season.

The Cardinals are expecting a breakout season from second-year WR Christian Kirk. The 22-year old had an encouraging 2018 rookie campaign, collecting 590 receiving yards, and he should progress nicely this season.

The Cardinals added a few receivers in the draft which includes Andy Isabella. The rookie missed the preseason opener with a knee injury, however, head coach Kliff Kingsbury has stated he should be ready for this contest. Isabella was drafted in the second round in the draft. Cardinals backup RB Chase Edmonds could see more action in this contest after rushing for only four yards on two carries last week. The second-year RB tallied 2018 rushing yards last season.

The Cardinals averaged an NFL worst 14.1 points per game last year, although they should be improved with Kyler Murray taking the snaps. The Arizona defense allowed an average of 26.6 points in 2018, positioning them down at 26th overall.

Injury update (8/13/19): Marcus Gilbert returned to practice on Tuesday. He had missed the previous couple of days.

“He’s a veteran and we want to make sure he’s healthy and feeling good for the game,” Kingsbury said. “He’ll be full go.”

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Full-Game Side Bet

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I am siding with the Cardinals in this clash. The Cardinals are a young hungry young team and even though is it only preseason, they have several young players that want to make their presence felt. Also, Cardinals’ backup QB Brett Hundley is experienced, and he has fared well in preseason play. He tallied 263 passing yards in last year’s preseason, and he connected on 10 of 14 passes with one touchdown in Arizona’s 17-13 win against the Chargers last week.

Furthermore, Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden owns a 2-6 record in his coaching career in week two of preseason play. Lastly, the Cardinals have now won four out of their last five preseason games overall.

Prediction: Arizona Cardinals

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I am going with the under in this one. The Cardinals have played in several low scoring games in preseason play recently. The under has converted in each of their last four preseason contests which included a low-scoring 17-13 win last week.

In addition, the Raiders only scored 14 points in their first contest, and I don’t expect Derek Carr to play a whole lot. Nathan Peterman was decent last week, however, Mike Glennon was not, and defense is the Cardinals strength.  Also, consider the under is 3-0-1 in the Raiders’ last four games overall, and 21-7 in the Cardinals’ last 28 home games.

Prediction: Under

Full-Game Prop Bet

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I am going with the under on the Raiders team total offered on PointsBet. Oakland has not scored many points in preseason play in Jon Gruden’s tenure. They have now scored 16 or fewer points in four out of their five preseason games under Gruden. Arizona’s greatest strength is their defense, and they held the Chargers to 13 points last week. 

Prediction: Raiders Team Total Under

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I am opting with the over on the halftime total. I expect to see Derek Carr and several of the Raiders’ offensive starters in the first quarter after Jon Gruden did not start any of his first-team offense last week. Also, Cardinals’ QB Kyler Murray connected on 6 of his 7 passes in his NFL debut, and backup QB Brett Hundley completed 10 of his 14 passes. 

Prediction: Over
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.