Raiders vs. Cardinals preview

The two teams, the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals, have combined to win one game coupled with ten losses. At least someone has to win this week, although a tie is always a possibility.

SERIES

  CARDINALS RAIDERS
SERIES LEADER   4-2
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Green: 1-2Shell: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 24-23 vs. Bears L 13-3 at Broncos
LAST GAME 11/24/02: Raiders 41 at Cardinals 20. Oakland QB Rich Gannon passes for 340 yards & 3 TDs as Raiders amass 540 total yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/2/01: Cardinals 34 at Raiders 31 (OT). Cardinals win 3rd game in row as QB Jake Plummer completes 29 of 45 passes for 249 yards & 1 TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:15 PM PT): Matt Devlin, Tony Siragusa

STATS

PASSING Leinart (R): 52-86-539-4-2-84.4 Walter: 48-104-611-2-7-43.4
RUSHING James: 148-398-2.7-2 Jordan: 84-314-3.7-1
RECEIVING Boldin: 40 (1L)-502 (3C)-12.6-3 Moss: 17-222-13.1-2
OFFENSE 290.2 229.0
TAKE/GIVE +1 -9
DEFENSE 328.7 282.8
SACKS Wilson: 4.0 Burgess: 3.0
INTs Hayes, Wilson: 2 Asomugha: 2
PUNTING Player: 43.7 Lechler: 50.5 (1C)
KICKING Rackers: 39 (12/12 PAT; 9/14 FG) Janikowski: 20 (5/5 PAT; 5/6 FG)

CARDINALS:

The offense leads the NFL with 59 points in the first quarter.

QB Matt Leinart is the only player in NFL history to throw for two TD passes in the first quarter in each of his first two career starts. He posted a 22-2 (.917) record in games played in California during college career at USC.

RB Edgerrin James has 449 yards from scrimmage (343 rush, 106 receiving) and three TDs in three career games versus Oakland. He aims for the third meeting in a row with 100 yards rushing. James' teams are 43-6 (.878) when he rushes for 100 yards.

WR Anquan Boldin has 299 catches in 46 career games and needs one catch to become the fastest player in NFL history to reach 300 receptions (Lionel Tayler, 54). He had a career-high 12 catches (136 yards, one TD) last week. Bryant Johnson ranks third among WRs with 10+ catches with a 20.3 average (12-244).

Safety Adrian Wilson leads all NFL defensive backs with 12.0 sacks since 2005 and his 4.0 sacks this year leads all defensive back. He is the only defensive back with 4.0+ sacks and 2+ INTs this year. The club forced six turnovers (four INTs, two fumbles) last week.

RAIDERS:

The club has scored 20+ points in four of their past five against the Cardinals.

QB Andrew Walter has a TD pass in two of his first three NFL starts.

RB LaMont Jordan has 120+ rushing yards in three of his past four October home games and has seven rushing TDs in those four games. In two of his past three games at home, Jordan has rushed for at least 128 yards. RB Zack Crockett (35) is tied with Mark Van Eeghen (35) for the third most rush TDs in club history.

In two career games against Arizona WR Randy Moss has 12 catches for 160 yards and has posted a TD catch in each. TE Courtney Anderson has a catch in 11 of his past 12 games.

The defense stands fifth in the AFC, allowing 282.8 yards per game. The club owns the AFC's No. 5 defense inside the 20, allowing ten TDs in 23 trips (43.5 pct.).

Rookie safety Michael Huff was a key member of the University of Texas team that defeated USC and Leinart in the 2006 Rose Bowl for the National Championship. Huff led the Longhorns with 12 tackles and one fumble recovery for the victory. Huff has a tackle for loss in two of the past five games. DE Derrick Burgess has 3.0 sacks in the past three games.

Kick returner Chris Carr has averaged 25+ yards per kick return in four of his past five games. Punter Shane Lechler ranks No. 2 in NFL with a 50.5-yard average.


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