The Oakland Raiders (1-8) travel to Glendale this weekend for a showdown with the Arizona Cardinals (2-7). Kickoff is set for 4:05 PM EST on November 18th at State Farm Stadium and the game will be broadcast on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Cardinals listed as 4-point home favorites. That line hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as Arizona is currently available at -4. The total for this matchup is 41 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 11 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Cardinals vs Raiders Vegas Odds & Game Preview
Oakland dropped to 1-8 on the season last weekend after getting dominated 20-6 at home by the visiting Los Angeles Chargers. The offense was dreadful yet again, as the Raiders have now been held to ten points or less in four out of their last five games. QB Derek Carr hasn’t looked good all year, and he now has to face life without former #1 wide receiver Amari Cooper who got dealt to Dallas at the deadline. Carr will also be without the services of Jordy Nelson in Week 11, as he is unable to suit up against the Cardinals due to an injury. Oakland has been consistently below average in the passing game, as they are currently averaging just 252 yards per game through the air (16th). Overall, the offense has been held to only 16.3 points per game (30th) on 349.7 total yards.
The Raiders have easily been one of the worst defensive teams in the NFL, as they are currently giving up an average of 30.2 points per game (30th overall) on 399.1 total yards of offense. Oakland has really had trouble against the run, as they are currently allowing a ridiculous 141.0 yards per game on the ground (30th overall).
Arizona also lost last weekend, falling 26-14 to the Kansas City Chiefs on the road. It was actually a pretty solid effort from the Cardinals, who have played much better over the last several weeks despite their 2-7 record. QB Josh Rosen is slowly making strides in the right direction, as he was fairly effective last weekend in the tough atmosphere of Arrowhead Stadium. He has certainly got a lot of help from the resurgent play of RB David Johnson, who found the end zone twice last weekend while racking up more than 100 total yards. Johnson has a great shot at another solid game here in Week 11 against a bad Raiders defense. As a whole, Arizona is currently averaging just 13.8 points per game (31st overall) on 236.2 total yards of offense.
The Ravens have looked about average on the other side of the ball, allowing opponents to score 25.0 points per game (18th overall) on 363.6 total yards of offense. However, they have been absolutely brutal against the run so far this year, giving up an average of 140.3 yards per game on the ground (29th overall).
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Arizona -4
This is one of the ugliest games on the schedule here in Week 11, as both of these teams haven’t given their fans much to cheer about so far this season. However, I actually think the Cardinals offer quite good value in this particular spot, as the Raiders are starting to close in on historically-bad territory. Arizona hung tough against an extremely high-flying Chiefs offense last weekend, so they should have a ton of confidence heading into this matchup at home. Oakland certainly can’t take much away from their performance at home last week against the Chargers, as Los Angeles had somewhat of a down game and still won by two touchdowns.
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The Cardinals are a very impressive 5-1 ATS over their last six games played on grass. They are also 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games after an against the spread win and 5-2 ATS over their last seven home games. Oakland is a brutal 2-8-1 ATS in their last eleven games on the road. They are also just 5-15-2 ATS over their last 22 games on grass and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following an against the spread loss.
Oakland will have no answer for David Johnson in this one, as they have been allowing teams to run all over them all season long. The Chiefs showed that they are capable of playing well against a quality opponent, while the Raiders have lost five consecutive games by a minimum of 14 points. I’m more than happy to lay the four points in this spot – I’ll take the Cardinals to cover this relatively small spread at home on Sunday.