Don’t worry, we can help you spruce this one up. Two of the league’s worst meet in Week 11, as the Arizona Cardinals (2-7) host the Oakland Raiders (1-8) at University of Phoenix Stadium (November 18th, 4:05 PM ET kickoff). With the Cardinals looking salty in KC last week (26-14 L), the Raiders head to the desert as 4.0-point underdogs.
Oakland’s offense has nothing going for it these days. They have a bad ground game, horrible pass protection, no deep threats, and are, as a result, averaging just 16.3 points per game (30th).
Tight end Jared Cook has been a bright spot with a team-high 546 receiving yards, but he and QB Derek Carr (2,441 yards and 10 touchdowns) have not done enough to keep the offense respectable. Neither have the running backs, as Doug Martin and company are averaging a mere 4.2 yards per carry (18th),.
Oakland’s defense may be even worse than the offense. The Raiders surrender 30.2 points per game, which ranks 30th in the NFL. They recently parted ways with leading pass rusher Bruce Irvin and now have even fewer options for pressuring opposing QBs.
Fortunately, Oakland’s defense avoids any sort of offensive powerhouse this week when they meet the Cardinals. Arizona is scoring just 13.8 points per game, which is the second-fewest in the league, and haven’t been able to move the ball any which way.
Josh Rosen and company rank 31st in passing, only tossing 165.8 yards per game, and dead-last in rushing, totaling a meager 70.4 yards per game on the ground.
Rosen shouldn’t take all the blame, but he has certainly played his role. He only has 1,280 yards through the air with a 6:8 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
The rookie is looking a little more comfortable each week, though, and RB David Johnson finally had the breakout game Arizona fans have been waiting for in Week 10, piling up 173 total yards and 2 TDs in a 26-14 setback in Kansas City.
Defensively, the Cardinals have been much better. They allow 25.0 PPG, ranking 18th in the league. While they’ve been awful against the run, giving up an embarrassing 140.3 yards per game on the ground (the third-most in the NFL), they have at least done a great job against the pass, only ceding 223.2 yards per game through the air (fourth-fewest in the NFL).
Led by Defensive Player of the Year candidate Chandler Jones (8.5 sacks), the Cards are 6th in the NFL in sacks with 29. They’ll have a chance to feast this week against an Oakland offensive line that has surrendered 29 sacks of their own.