The Arizona Cardinals and Las Vegas Raiders both made the playoffs last season and will be expected to return to the postseason this year.
After losing their openers in Week 1 (and failing to cover the spread versus the NFL odds), they both need this game badly. The loser is not likely going to make it.
The Arizona Cardinals had a nightmare of an opener, getting hammered 44-21 by the Kansas City Chiefs. They are banged up in the secondary, which is a big reason why the Chiefs moved the ball up and down the field at will.
The Chiefs built a 13-point lead in the first half and never looked back.
What also had to concern the Cardinals is that without DeAndre Hopkins (six-game suspension), they did not have the elite receiver who could beat defenses down the field on long balls.
The Cardinals had to inch the ball forward and that’s why Kyler Murray didn’t reach 200 passing yards (finished with 193).
When you realize that the Cardinals had to throw in the final two and a half quarters of the game, their inability to accumulate more passing yards shows how limited the offense is without Hopkins to take away the focus from the other receivers.
The Chiefs don’t exactly have an especially awesome defense or secondary, so what does that mean for this week? The only good news for the Cards is that the Raiders had no sacks in Week 1. Murray should have more time to work.
Las Vegas Raiders
The 2022 season opener was a terrible one for Las Vegas Raiders, who fell to their division rival, the Los Angeles Chargers.
Derek Carr threw three interceptions for the Raiders in Week 1, which is unacceptable for a quarterback with his experience.
The good news is they still had a shot at the end of the game on their final drive despite that.
Carr not delivering the goods overwhelms everything else. He has to be able to take advantage of the injured Arizona secondary in this upcoming game.
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Cardinals vs Raiders Injury Report
If you BetOnline, keep in mind that Hopkins is serving a six-game suspension, so he is not available.
The Cardinals have cornerback Marco Wilson listed as questionable. Also questionable are cornerback Trayvon Mullen, receiver Rondale Moore, guard Justin Pugh, and defensive end J.J. Watt.
The Raiders will be without cornerback Anthony Averett. He is out. Linebacker Denzel Perryman, safety Tre’von Moehrig, defensive tackle Andrew Billings, and center Andre James are all questionable.
Cardinals vs Raiders Head-to-Head
These teams last met in 2018. The Raiders won, 23-21.
Cardinals vs Raiders Game Information
- Date: Sunday, September 18, 2022
- Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
- Location: Allegiant Stadium
- How to watch Cardinals vs Raiders? ESPN
Cardinals vs Raiders Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Cardinals vs Raiders Betting Lines
Cardinals vs Raiders Prediction
The injuries in the Cardinals’ secondary are huge as we saw last week. It could pave the way for a good over bet in the sportsbook.
Murray is going to come out firing and the Raiders don’t get much pressure, so he should move the ball. As for Carr and the Raiders, they should put up points too.
The over-under seems really low. Take the over with your NFL picks here.
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