The Oakland Raiders and the Arizona Cardinals are not going to the Super Bowl, but sometimes, two bad teams sharing the field can be pure entertainment though in a sort of morbid way. The Raiders just want a win to settle their fans down a little bit, but can they finally end their slump this Sunday? Or will the Cardinals add another blemish to the Raiders’ ledger?
Betting Preview for the Oakland Raiders vs Arizona Cardinals NFL Week 11 Game on November 18, 2018
Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale
When: Sunday, November 18, 2018, 4:05 PM ET
Line: Oakland Raiders (+4.5) vs Arizona Cardinals (-4.5) – view all 2018 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Oakland Raiders (1-8)
Believe it or not, the Raiders are not tanking despite all signs pointing towards that direction. But even a legitimately tanking team should have a chance of beating the rebuilding Cardinals. The Raiders, who have not won a game since Week 4 against the Cleveland Browns, are coming off a 20-6 home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 10. Oakland’s defense has simply turned into a ghost. They haven’t scored a touchdown two games in a row and managed to put up grand total of nine points on the board during that stretch. However, their touchdown-drought could come to an end this weekend against Arizona, which is only 18th in the league in scoring defense, 20th in total defense, and 21st with 2.9 touchdowns allowed per game. The Raiders don’t have the sharpest teeth on defense – some will say they don’t have any at all – but they could see some turnovers against the Cardinals, who are committing 2.1 giveaways per game.
The totals have gone under in seven of the Raiders’ last 10 road games.
Betting on the Arizona Cardinals (2-7)
At least the Cardinals still have running back David Johnson. Although some may be forgetting that Johnson is still among the best talents in the game mainly because he’s playing within a putrid offense, the tailback showed why he still matters by leading the Cardinals in rushing yards and receiving yards, albeit in last week’s 26-14 road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson had 98 rushing yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in that game and also had 85 receiving yards and a touchdown on eight catches and nine targets. It’s not a stretch to think that he might top those numbers this coming Sunday, as the Raiders’ defense is anything but solid. For one, the Raiders are third worst in the NFL against the run with 141.0 rushing yards allowed per game. They are also giving up the most touchdowns on the ground per game with 1.4. These are same numbers that should excite rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, who has an excellent matchup ahead to rebound from a poor performance against the Chiefs in which he only had 208 passing yards and a touchdown with two interceptions on 22-of-39 completions.
The Cardinals are 3-1 ATS in their last four home games.
Arizona wins, 23-20.
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