The Oakland Raiders enter this game against a dazed and confused Arizona Cardinals team September 26, 2010. Arizona is two seasons removed from their Super Bowl appearance but it looks like ages ago. Derek Anderson is no Kurt Warner and the fact that Chris “Beanie” Wells has been hampered with an injury since training camp, does not help Anderson.
A hard fought win in which Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable benched his starting quarterback, Jason Campbell, leaves a quarterback controversy in it’s wake. Bruce Gradkowski looked good using a dink and dunk passing attack reminiscent of quarterback Rich Gannon. The most interesting development with Gradkowski was his use of Darrius Heyward Bey. Gradkowski hit Heyward Bey with six passes for 80 yards.
Passing Attacks for Arizona Cardinals & Oakland Raiders Shaky at Best
The passing attack for the Arizona Cardinals under Derek Anderson has been inconsistent to say the least. The weapons at Anderson’s disposal are plentiful. He has one of the best wide receivers in football with Larry Fitzgerald and a good number two receiver, Steve Breaston. Add to those two receivers, a good receiver out of the backfield in Tim Hightower and Derek Anderson should have no excuses for no getting the ball to an open receiver.
Bruce Gradkowski’s performance in the second could accomplish two things heading into the Oakland Raiders game against the Arizona Cardinals. Either Jason Campbell kick starts his career and has a solid game on the road or Bruce Gradkowski comes out and plays well again to permanently take the number one quarterback spot. Passing attack edge goes to the Arizona Cardinals unless Bruce Gradkowski plays, then the edge will shift to the Oakland Raiders.
Defense Will Decide this Game For Arizona Cardinals & Oakland Raiders
Run defense is quickly becoming the Oakland Raiders strong suit. Their new NFL Draft picks, Rolando McClain and LaMaar Houston have done wonders to bring the level of talent to a new level on defense. McClain loves to challenge the run and he is a ferocious tackler. Also out of the secondary, Tyvon Branch has made a habit of helping out against the run.
The Arizona Cardinals are a defense that may be in decline. Once a hard hitting opportunistic defense when they went to the Super Bowl two years ago, the Arizona Cardinals are now a shell of their former selves. The Cardinals gave up 41 points to a decent Atlanta Falcons team without Michael Turner. The defensive edge goes to the Oakland Raiders over the Arizona Cardinals.
Oakland Raiders vs Arizona Cardinals -4: Pick Against the Spread & Final Thoughts
As the Oakland Raiders enter this game they are a four point underdog to an Arizona Cardinals team that is struggling at the start of the season. The Oakland Raiders could be in position to have a winning record in the aftermath of this game.
Th unsettled quarterback situation of both teams could make this game unplayable from a gambling stand point. The Oakland Raiders could be a solid underdog play in this game, receiving four points. The best advice on this game is to stay informed on the quarterback situation and make a play late in the week. For those choosing all 16 games for handicapping contests take the Oakland Raiders +4 and to win the game straight up.
More from Associated Content:
Las Vegas Line Moves NFL Week 2: Latest Las Vegas Line Moves on All 16 NFL Games
NFL Super Bowl XLIV Most Unusual Scoring Prop Bets
Super Bowl XLV:Futures Odds to Win as of March 1st
Las Vegas Hilton Superbook NFL Football Lines Week 3