In professional sports, there is perhaps no pressure more extreme than that found in the NFL. Coaches and players consistently feel the heat, especially when the losses begin to pile up and the playoffs begins to drift out of reach. It’s a little too early to be having a playoff conversation, but that pressure starts in Week 1 and slowly begins to build with each passing week. The AFC West is one of the more pressure-packed in all of football and both of these teams are feeling the heat after losing in Week 1. There are all kinds of stats showing how difficult it is to make the playoffs after an 0-2 start to the season, so both teams will be looking at this game as a must win. Who will come away with that W? Let’s break it down and see so you can get ready to bet against their NFL Odds. The Raiders are favored by 5 ½ in their own building, with the point total set at 51 ½.
NFL Week 2 Betting Preview for Arizona Cardinals at Las Vegas Matchup
Arizona at Las Vegas Game Info
- When: Sunday, Sept 18 at 4:25 PM EST
- Where: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas
- TV: CBS
Why bet on the Arizona Cardinals
The question on the lips of most Cardinals fans heading into the new season was whether Kyler Murray would be able to justify the massive amount of money paid to him in the offseason. He did his part in Week 1, but it came in a crushing 44-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, who already look to be one of the best teams in the league. A loss to a team as good as the Chiefs is nothing to be ashamed of, but it still means that the pressure is squarely on the Cardinals to get back on track. They have proven to be a very decent bet against the spread in certain situations, which includes going 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog. In games following a straight up loss, Arizona has seen 5 of their last 6 go UNDER the point total.
Why bet on the Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders are also in need of a win after losing 24-19 to the Chargers in Week 1 of the season. While a loss is never a good thing, they can take some solace in that they delivered a spirited second half comeback that almost saw them pull out the win. Almost doesn’t count for much in this league, though, so they will need to find a way to get the win this coming Sunday. The Raiders have covered the spread in 4 of their last 5 Week 2 games, but they are also just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games versus a team with a losing record. They have another interesting trend when playing as a favorite, which is that they have seen their last 4 go UNDER the point total.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think we are looking at a very close game here, and I also believe that it’s going to be lower scoring than the bookies believe. While I like the Raiders to come away with the win, I don’t see them covering the spread in this one.
NFL Betting Pick: Arizona Cardinals 21 Las Vegas Raiders 24