Las Vegas Raiders vs. Arizona Cardinals Prediction, Tips & Odds – Sep. 18, 2022 22:25 CET
Two teams that want to play in the playoffs this year already lost the game in first round and they don’t want to start the season with two losses.
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Las Vegas Raiders
Josh McDaniels era in Las Vegas officially began last week. They were defeated in Los Angeles by the Chargers even though they played solidly. Ambition is to find themselves in the playoffs again and if they record a second defeat after two rounds, it won’t be easy knowing what division they are in.
Darren Waller has signed a three-year contract worth more than 50 million dollars, which means that his thoughts will be focused only on football. Derek Carr will obviously need some time to get used to the new coach and his ideas after throwing three interceptions last week. This time the Raiders will be favorites and they are expected to win, but remains to be seen how they will manage in such a role.
Defensive line was weak against the Chargers, but against the Cardinals, they will be able to put Kyler Murray under pressure. In the past, the Raiders have been known to underperform as favorites and that is something McDaniels will have to work on the most. This duel will show how much he succeeded in a short period of time.
The Arizona Cardinals were one of the biggest disappointments of the NFL’s first round. Lots of injuries and DeAndre Hopkins suspension definitely played into all of that, but it seems like there are additional issues within the organization.
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury signed a new six-year contract in March, a move not approved by all fans. All his teams are known for starting the season well, and then in November and December their form drops a lot. This time, even the first game in September was not good. Also, quarterback Kyler Murray committed to another five-year, $230 million contract. The Cardinals believe that Kingsbury-Murray backbone can do a lot of good things in the future, but they will have to prove themselves this season.
The Cardinals are on paper the underdogs in this matchup and that’s a role that could suit them very well. In terms of individual quality, they are not weaker than Raiders and it won’t be a big sensation if they win. Of course, they will have to play incomparably better than last week against the Chiefs.
The last time these two teams played each other was four years ago when the Raiders won 23:21 in Arizona.
Andre James, Denzel Perryman and Trevon Moehrig won’t play for the Raiders due to injury. In addition to suspended DeAndre Hopkins, the Cardinals won’t have two more wide receivers in Las Vegas: Andy Isabella and Rondale Moore.
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Arizona Cardinals Prediction
The Cardinals are underrated due to their poor performance against the Chiefs last week. It was much weaker than what they can do and we believe they will show it in Las Vegas. The Raiders are favorites to win, but seven points is too many.
Date and Time: 18.09.2022. 22:25 CET
Pick: Arizona Cardinals +6.5