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Cardinals vs. Raiders preview: Stats, history, connections, milestones

A look at the matchup between the two teams.

Christian Petersen

This week the Arizona Cardinals are playing the Raiders in Oakland, taking with them a 4-1 record. This will be the team's first game in Oakland since 2010. A win this week would keep Arizona in sole possession of first place in the NFC West and give them their best start through six games since the 1976 season.


Offensively, the Cardinals average 23.2 points per game (19th in the league), while the Raiders score 15.8 (31st in the league.

Arizona gains almost 308 yards per game (28th) and Oakland gains just over 295 yards (31st). Arizona has the league's 30th-best rushing attack and 22nd-best passing attack. Oakland is 31st and 21st, respectively.

On defense, Arizona allows just over 21 points per game, good for 10th in the league. Oakland allows almost 27 a game, which is 26th.

Arizona allows over 384 yards per game (25th) and Oakland gives up almost 378 (21st). The Cardinals have the league's third best rush defense, but are dead last in the league in passing yards allowed. Oakland is 31st against the run and 11th against the pass.

Arizona is +8 in turnover margin. Oakland is -5.


This will only be the ninth meeting between the two teams in the regular season. The Raiders hold a 5-3 advantage, but are only 2-2 at home. They played their first game in 1973, a 17-10 win by Oakand. They last played in 2010 in Oakland, where the Cardinals made it out of there with a 24-23 win after Sebastian Janikoswki missed what would have been the game-winning field goal as time expired.


The Raiders have one former Cardinals player on their roster -- defensive lineman Antonio Smith. He was drafted by Arizona in the fifth round in 2004 and played for the Cardinals through 2008.

The Cardinals have a bunch of former Raiders. Starting QB Carson Palmer was traded by Oakland to the Cardinals before the 2013 season. LT Jared Veldheer was drafted by the Raiders and came to Arizona in free agency this past offseason. Defensive lineman Tommy Kelly was with the Raiders before last season. He played for Oakland from 2004-2012.

Arizona also has linebacker Kaelin Burnett on their practice squad. He was with the Raiders from 2012 until last month.


If Larry Fitzgerald catches two touchdowns, he would become the league's 10th player ever to have 11,000 receiving yards and 90+ touchdowns in a career.

If kicker Chandler Catanzaro hits his first two field goal attempts, he will set the NFL rookie record for a kicker to start the season without a miss, with 16. With three, reaching 17, he would tie the league record for number of consecutive made field goals to start a season.

Catanzaro will move into fifth place in team history for points scored by a rookie. He now has 50 points.

If Carson Palmer throws a touchdown pass, it would be the 16th straight  game to do so. That would give him a tie for third place on the team's all-time record list.