Oakland Raiders vs Arizona Cardinals :The Arizona Cardinals are 2-7 this season. The Oakland Raiders are 1-8. The two teams face off on Sunday afternoon in Glendale, Arizona. Which team will win the NFL Week 11 game? The Heat Index takes a look at what NFL pundits are predicting for the game. The Cardinals are four point favorites at home.
Bob McManaman writes: “Conceivably, this is a game the Cardinals should own from start to finish. The problem, of course, is the Cardinals haven’t been able to do anything with ease or precision. It’s been a constant struggle, even when they’re playing well during points in games. There were some nice positives out of last week’s loss in Kansas City and if those trends continue, they shouldn’t have any problems against the Raiders. I get the feeling, though, that this game will be a lot closer than a lot of people think.”
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The Heat Index writes: “The Raiders have not impressed in Jon Gruden’s first season back with the team. It could be a very long year in Oakland, and the Cardinals will add to their misery with a win in Glendale.”
David Steele writes:”This matchup is so bad, it’s a wonder it isn’t on national TV. Derek Carr threw the ball away on fourth down last week, and a gushing pre-draft evaluation of Nathan Peterman by Jon Gruden was uncovered soon after. As for the Cardinals, David Johnson is getting involved the way he should have been earlier this season, Larry Fitzgerald is solidifying his Canton resume, and the results remain the same.”
Ryan Wilson writes: “We wondered at the beginning of the season if the Raiders would win a game. They beat the Browns, so they avoided that shame, but now the question becomes: Can the Raiders win two games? This is truly the worst team in football, in part because Jon Gruden insists of getting rid of his best players. The Cardinals haven’t been much better, which is weird because this group went 8-8 last season without a quarterback. But first-year coach Steve Wilks replaced offensive coordinator Mike McCoy with Byron Leftwich, which seems to have helped rookie quarterback Josh Rosen and all-world running back David Johnson. If only someone in Oakland could help Derek Carr get back on track.”
Ryan Van Bibber writes: “We have another toilet bowl on the schedule this week. The Raiders are at the Cardinals, in a battle for draft position. The Cardinals are getting most of the picks from our panel, and that makes sense. Arizona actually seems to want to play sometimes, and Josh Rosen and Larry Fitzgerald seem to have finally found a connection. Fitz has caught 14 of 22 targets for 152 yards and a touchdown over the last two games. The Raiders have scored nine points in their last two games, total. So, yeah, the Cardinals look like the pick here. Then again, we said the same thing about the Jets against the Bills last week.”
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Vinnie Iyer writes: “The Raiders look like they’ve given up offensively, as Doug Martin and Jared Cook are the only things going while Derek Carr feels almost non-existent. The Cardinals have rediscovered their juice as Byron Leftwich continues to deploy David Johnson correctly. Arizona’s defense has been playing well of late and will make sure the Raiders dry up in the desert before they get used to playing there in Las Vegas.”
It writes: “I don’t want to pick the Cardinals as four-point favorites. However, I don’t want to pick the Raiders at all. What a miserable game! I’m going to take the Cardinals as a non-wager, as I think there’s a better chance they show up. They’re at least playing for something – Rosen’s development – while the Raiders could quit. They actually put forth a good effort against the Chargers, so they may not show up two weeks in a row.”
Jim Derry writes: “I got one of those dozens of emails I get every week trying to promote their publication or YouTube show or whatever that I usually delete before I even read, and the subject line actually made me open the thing. It read, in part: ‘Raiders-Cardinals Stupor Bowl is a Sham.’ Clever. In fact, I am sort of upset with myself I didn’t think of it sooner for some other sham game. Worst part is, I am actually thinking of taking this with one of my four remaining knockout picks in the secondary pool. (I am taking the (GULP) Saints in my main.) When it comes down to two awful teams, I usually go with the one playing with the most heart. And that unquestionably is Arizona.”
Dan Kohn writes: “The Raiders have all but mailed in the season. At 2-7, the Cardinals showed some fight before falling at Kansas City. Arizona may have just one more win than Oakland but is much better at this point.”