Two struggling coaches will face off Sunday as Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders head south to take on Steve Wilks’ Arizona Cardinals.
If there is such a thing as a moral victory, last week’s hard-fought loss to the powerful Kansas City Chiefs might lift the spirits of the Cardinals. Josh Rosen and David Johnson couldn’t do much, but it was enough to keep them within striking distance until the end, thanks to the Cardinals’ defense.
Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid reportedly chastised his offense for their performance after the game, which is as high a compliment as the Arizona defense can expect after a loss.
Johnson’s role in the offense shows signs of getting closer to the workhorse role he played before his lost 2017 season. Rosen makes enough big plays to keep fans watching as he works through his rookie mistakes and growing pains.
Things are tougher in Oakland, where another veteran was heard muttering, “I got to get the (heck) out of here” on his way off the field Sunday.
Oakland’s team owner saw fit to give an interview last week in which he said Gruden had nothing to do with the preseason trade of Khalil Mack, which started the brewing of dissension among Raiders’ veterans. But that is not the only reason players are griping in Oakland.
Injuries and notes:
Oakland wide receiver Martavis Bryant avoided serious injury to his knee last week, but he is still listed as doubtful for Week 11.
Cardinals’ receiver Chad Williams is questionable with an ankle.
Neither team listed any other significant injuries.
Working with a ten-year guaranteed contract isn’t making the situation in Oakland any better for Jon Gruden. His body language and tone show he is unhappy with the way things are going.
Yet he continues to say things to the press that can be interpreted as calling out or dissing players on his roster. It is a fault that he hasn’t grown out of since his earlier coaching days in Oakland and Tampa Bay.
Steve Wilks had his team up for their battle against Kansas City and that is the first time we can really say that. There is always a reason for optimism with a rookie quarterback on board, but the Cardinals have other young players on both sides of the ball that might keep Wilks coaching longer than many suspected after a slow start.
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Who will win the Cardinals-Raiders game?
Arizona showed a lot of spunk in last week’s loss to the mighty Chiefs. Oakland held the powerful Chargers offense to 20 points, too. But it didn’t feel the same.
Oakland is a team in disarray, while the Cardinals seem to be coming around behind their rookie coach. That matters.
Final score: Cardinals 23, Raiders 10