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Why the Arizona Cardinals will beat the Oakland Raiders according to a Raiders writer

Previewing the game betwenet the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals.

Oakland Raiders v Arizona Cardinals Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Arizona Cardinals take on the struggling Oakland Raiders at home on Sunday.

We talked with Levi Damien of Silver and Black Pride about why the Arizona Cardinals are going to win on Sunday.

Let's take a look.

They made Nick Mullens look elite

Two weeks ago the Raiders faced the only team the Cardinals have beaten this season (twice) and got destroyed by them. They were starting undrafted Nick Mullens who had never thrown an NFL pass. Then he faced the Raiders and led a 1-win 49ers team to a 34-3 victory. Josh Rosen was a top ten NFL draft pick and you give any QB all the time and comfort he needs in the pocket and he will have his way. The Raiders are by far the worst pass rushing team in the league. Rosen will never have a more favorable situation than this. Even with his having been sacked 18 times in the past four weeks, the Raiders have put up ONE sack in that same stretch. They have 8.0 sacks on the season and 3.0 of those left with Bruce Irvin.

Third down

In third and medium, the Raiders offense is the worst in the NFL while the Cardinals are 7th best at stopping it. Much of that has to do with blitzes. That’s a great time to blitz. And once again, the Raiders are dead last in the league in regards to allowing a sack on a blitz and the Cardinals are 8th in having success with it. The big problem for the Raiders is they are starting rookies at both tackle spots and Marshawn Lynch is on injured reserve. So, they don’t have a great third down back for short yardage and a great pass protector out of the backfield on medium and long third downs.

Run defense vs David Johnson

The Raiders are 30th in the league in run defense. The Seahawks decided in their game in London they would just run it down the Raiders throats to see what happened. They folded like a house of cards. Each opponent since then has followed a similar formula to success. David Johnson is clearly not having a great season, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry. But the Raiders have been the cure for what ails opposing offenses. He got within a couple yards of his first 100-yard game last week while averaging 4.67 yards per carry. Well, the Raiders defense has allowed 4.8 yards per carry this season and 141 yards per game. He should do well Sunday.