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Cardinals vs. Raiders - 8/30/15 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona Cardinals (11-6) at Oakland Raiders (3-13)
Date & Time Sunday August 30, 2015, 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Oakland Raiders -1.5 -- Over/Under: 39.5
TV Channel
NBC
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NFL | Arizona Cardinals (11-6) at Oakland Raiders (3-13)
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The Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders play a Sunday preseason game at the O.co Coliseum.

The Arizona Cardinals are 0-2 in preseason play and are coming off a loss to the San Diego Chargers. Carson Palmer will get his feet wet in this game after throwing 11 passes for one touchdown in the first two matchups. Backups Logan Thomas and Drew Stanton have combined for zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Andre Ellington has 15 rushing yards and J.J. Nelson has 77 receiving yards on three receptions. Defensively, the Cardinals have produced one sack and allowed 56 points. Josh Mauro has three tackles for loss, Markus Golden has six tackles and C.J. Roberts has one pass deflection.

The Oakland Raiders are 1-1 in preseason play and are coming off a loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Derek Carr has thrown 17 passes for an interception and will finally get more consistent work in this game. Backups Christian Ponder and Matt McGloin have combined for two touchdowns and two interceptions. Michael Dyer has 56 rushing yards and rookie Amari Cooper has 62 receiving yards on four receptions. Defensively, the Raiders have produced four sacks and allowed 23 points. Tom Johnson has two pass deflections, Ben Heeney has 15 tackles and Neiron Ball has two quarterback hits.

The Cardinals are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games on grass and 17-7 ATS in their last 24 games overall. The Raiders are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games on grass. The Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

The Cards have gotten very little out of their team in both games at home. I have a hard time thinking that's going to change against a young and eager to prove itself Raiders team. Give me the home team and the small chalk. 

Pick:
Oakland Raiders -1.5

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