Free Sunday NFL Week 7 Picks: Cardinals vs Raiders (10/19/14)


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Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

Date and Time: Sunday, 10/19/14 at 4:25pm on FOX

Game Line: Arizona Cardinals -3.5 (from WagerWeb)

Over/Under: 44

Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders Sunday NFL Football Analysis: Arizona looks to remain atop the NFC West on Sunday when it visits Oakland. The Cardinals bounced back from a 41-20 loss at Denver with a 30-20 victory over Washington last Sunday to remain in first place, a half game ahead of San Francisco. Another win would mark their first 5-1 start since 1976 when they finished 10-4 as the St. Louis Cardinals.  They haven’t won the West since 2009.  Palmer was 28 of 44 for 250 yards and two touchdowns in his first game since suffering a nerve injury Week 1 versus San Diego. He seemed to breathe some life into an Arizona passing attack which had completed just 46.4 percent of its throws in three games started by Drew Stanton. Palmer found Larry Fitzgerald six times for a season-high 98 yards, hitting the eight-time Pro Bowler as well as Michael Floyd for their first touchdowns of the season.  The decision to start Palmer wasn’t made until shortly before game time. After only participating in last Friday’s practice on a limited basis, coach Bruce Arians said Palmer is expected to practice all week.  Though Palmer provided a boost, Arians was discouraged by his team’s sloppiness. Arizona committed 14 penalties, its most since 2004, and benefited from four turnovers by Washington in the fourth quarter. Palmer was 8-16 as a starter for Oakland from 2011-12, throwing 35 TDs with 27 interceptions in those games. He has won six straight starts against AFC clubs, posting a 108.1 rating over the last five.  Oakland has allowed a 107.6 passer rating, fourth highest in the NFL.  The Raiders gave a scare to first place San Diego last Sunday but lost 31-28 in their first game under interim coach Tony Sparano. They’ve dropped 11 in a row dating back to last season to tie the second longest losing streak in team history. The only worse one was a 19 game skid in 1962. Carr threw for 282 yards and four TDs, one shy of the league rookie record, despite being limited in practice by a bad left ankle and knee. He was intercepted on Oakland’s final drive with 1:20 remaining, however.  The second round pick has thrown for eight TDs with five picks.  Carr could be poised for more success with Arizona allowing a league high 309.0 passing yards per game. The Cardinals are also tied for 29th in the NFL with six sacks, while Oakland has surrendered only four, second fewest in the league.  Andre Holmes emerged as a weapon for Carr in the past two weeks, catching nine passes for 195 yards and three TDs, including a 77 yard score against the Chargers.

Sunday NFL Week 7 Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders Free Picks: Oakland Raiders +3.5 and over 44

Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders Game Prediction: 27-24 Raiders

What to expect in this Week 7 NFL Football match up: The Oakland Raiders have been getting stronger and stronger offensively under rookie quarterback Derek Carr.  As the season has progressed he has shown signs he could be the starting quarterback for the Raiders long term.  A date against a Cardinal pass defense that is one of the worst in the league could be exactly what Oakland needs to end their losing skid.  These two teams actually have very similar numbers on paper, aside from turnovers which has been a problem for Oakland all season.  If they can limit their turnovers the could shock some people with an upset on Sunday.

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