Raiders vs. Cardinals Total Prediction
In what is hands down the worst matchup in the NFL this Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals will host the Oakland Raiders at 4:05 p.m. ET. With the total sitting in the low-40s, is the under a safe bet or is there any value in the over?
469 Oakland Raiders at 470 Arizona Cardinals
4:05 p.m. ET, Sunday, November 18
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Cardinals are 5.5-point favorites to beat the Raiders. The total, meanwhile, sits at 41 points. As of this writing, 63% of the public betting tickets are on the Cardinals to cover the point spread.
Derek Carr completed 24-of-37 passes for 243 yards in the Raiders' Week 10 loss to the Chargers. As has been the case most of the season, Carr's stat line actually looks fine, but it is nothing but empty calories. The offense did not really move outside of a fake field goal in the first half, and their production in the second half came in garbage time. On one of those late drives, Carr threw the ball away on fourth-and-five. He also should have been intercepted on an ill-advised throw near the goal line. The quarterback has now thrown one or fewer touchdowns in seven of nine games. He is unlikely to do much better next week against the Cardinals, who will be a great streaming defense.
Cardinals placed RG Justin Pugh on injured reserve with a left knee injury, ending his season. It ends an injury-plagued first year in Arizona for the former Giant. Pugh missed two earlier games with a hand injury. The No. 19 overall pick of the 2013 draft will head into 2019 having not appeared in 16 games since his rookie season. He has averaged nine appearances since 2016. Pugh is set to make $5 million in 2019. He had been ineffective before going down. Pugh's backup is Jeremy Vujnovich.
NFL Betting Trends
The under is 6-1 in the Raiders’ last seven games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game.
The under is a perfect 6-0 in the Cardinals’ last six games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game.
These are two of the worst offenses in the league but I see this game having sneaky over potential. The Cardinals are coming off their bye, which means Josh Rosen and interim offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich had two weeks to get on the same page and game plan for an Oakland defense that has zero pass rush. Meanwhile, the Raiders combined for nine points in their last two games but I don’t see Carr and Co. being that dreadful three weeks in a row.
NFL Week 11 Prediction: Raiders/Cardinals over 41