Following a solid week one of NFL pre-season betting, Week 2 begins Thursday evening with another full slate of action. As stated before, the exhibition season can actually be a solid opportunity to build your bankroll for when the real football begins in early September. If you do your research, understand squad depth – especially at QB, and know the coaches’ gameplans for first-teamers, the pre-season can be beat.
Tonight we will turn our attention to a clash out west where HBO’s Hard Knocks participants, the Oakland Raiders, are slated to pay a visit to Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. There’s a lot of intrigue surrounding both of these clubs at the moment. For the Raiders, there’s the ongoing Antonio Brown helmet-saga. Given all of the drama, he is likely to be out again for the black and silver. For the Cards, there’s been a big emphasis place don new coach Kliff Kingsbury and his exciting system. Optimism is high at the moment in Arizona, and we should receive an even longer look at his offense in week two.
Read on below the posted odds for a match breakdown, preview, and betting pick to kick your Week 2 of pre-season action into high gear. It’s the Raiders vs. the Cardinals, and we’ve got your wagering needs fully covered. Enjoy!
Raiders vs. Cardinals Betting Odds:
Oakland Raiders +3 (-105)
@ Arizona Cardinals -3 (-115)
Over 40 (-110)
Under 40 (-110)
Raiders vs. Cardinals Pick:
Both of these teams took their opening week of the pre-season relatively seriously, as was seen by convincing wins from both Oakland and Arizona. With poor seasons last year, a real emphasis has been placed on the importance of training camp from both coaches, Jon Gruden and Kliff Kingsbury.
The Cardinals looked solid in Week 1 vs. the Chargers, especially out of the gate. He had rookie Kyler Murray play just one series, though it is widely believed he will see more action tonight – perhaps as much as an entire quarter. Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson are talented veterans for the Cards, and they too are also expected to be in the lineup for a limited amount of snaps.
For Oakland, it seems like Gruden too will give his first-teamers a bit more of a run in Week 2. There’s generally a slight progression each week up until Week 3 of the pre-season when most starters play for a half, before sitting out the final week entirely. The Raiders seem intent on letting their top players go for a ‘couple of series’ on Thursday evening. QB Derek Carr is also expected to take some snaps, but Gruden said that the majority of playing time will still remain with the backups. It’s worth noting that next week Oakland will play their third pre-season game in Winnipeg, Canada – and it’s uncertain just how many players will make that particular trip. For now, it seems like the edge in starters goes to the Cardinals.
Expect the Cardinals to come out hot on Thursday evening. They’ll be charged up to play in front of their hometown fans, and give this new-look squad a test-drive. Though they won’t want to reveal too much, expect a fast offense to overwhelm the Raiders out of the gate. Beyond the first quarter, this will be a bit of depth game and in terms of quality it is likely a push between the two sides.
With QB experience, the Raiders have a nice edge with both Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman behind Derek Carr. For Arizona though, they have Brett Hundley who is being given a long look as Murray’s backup this season. Hundley has loads of experience and has had success in the NFL before. He looked solid last week and should continue to be able to move the chains on Thursday night against second-team defensive units. Look for the Cards to jump out to an early lead, and allow their battle-tested depth to carry the win home for us in Week 2 of the pre-season. As short home favourites, the value is on the Cards Thursday evening.