Raiders vs Cardinals : odds, predictions: 2019 Preseason Week 2 picks from expert on 63-46 run. Mike Tierney locked in his picks for Thursday’s preseason matchup between the Raiders and Cardinals.
Rebuilding teams looking to go 2-0 meet in Week 2 of the 2019 NFL preseason on Thursday when the Arizona Cardinals host the Oakland Raiders. It’s an 8 p.m. ET kickoff from University of Phoenix Stadium. No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray played well in Arizona’s opener, a 17-13 win over the Chargers, as he completed 6-of-7 passes for 44 yards. Oakland didn’t play starting quarterback Derek Carr in its 14-3 victory over the Rams, but got a surprisingly strong performance from backup Nathan Peterman. Bookmakers list Arizona as a 2.5-point favorite in the latest Raiders vs. Cardinals odds, down from an open of four, while the over-under for total points is 40. Before you make your Raiders vs. Cardinals picks and NFL predictions for Thursday’s preseason games, be sure to see what SportsLine NFL guru Mike Tierney has to say.
Tierney has been a winner for SportsLine members in every sport, but the NFL is his specialty. An acclaimed sportswriter whose work appears in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has reported from seven Super Bowls. Tierney was all over the Patriots covering in the Super Bowl, enabling him to finish last season with a sparkling 63-46 record against the spread. Anyone who has followed him is way, way up.
Now, Tierney has evaluated Raiders vs. Cardinals from every angle and locked in a strong pointspread pick. He’s sharing it over at SportsLine.
Tierney knows Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury will play Murray more than one drive on Thursday. Murray was disappointed that his one possession versus the Chargers didn’t lead to points, but he still impressed with his poise and performance. Murray found four different receivers, and on Thursday he’ll also have the services of rookie wideout Andy Isabella, who missed the opener with a knee issue.
After Murray, the Cards can turn to Brett Hundley after his sparkling debut performance. Hundley hit 10-of-14 throws for 104 yards and a touchdown, and he also had a 14-yard run.
But just because Arizona is playing at home with a promising young roster doesn’t mean it will cover the Raiders vs. Cardinals spread.
Oakland coach Jon Gruden is 19-12-3 against the spread in preseason, one of the NFL’s top marks. And Peterman is quickly erasing memories of his horrific Buffalo tenure. In the win over the Rams, Peterman went 9-of-12 for 66 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 56 yards on three carries, including a career-long 50-yard run.
The Raiders also showcased their new-look defense, which was much improved over last season’s sieve-like unit. Oakland held the Rams to a paltry 190 yards and 10 first downs.
We can tell you Tierney is leaning over, but his much stronger play is on the spread. Tierney has unearthed a critical X-factor that has him going big on one side. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.
So who wins Cardinals vs. Raiders? What critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Mike Tierney’s strong Cardinals vs. Raiders spread pick, all from the seasoned expert who went 63-46 against the spread last season.