Cardinals at Raiders: Ignoring the records is imperative for Arizona

Oct 18, 2014, 7:30 PM | Updated: 7:30 pm
Follow @theAdamGreen...

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Oakland Raiders have yet to win a game this season, though if the Arizona Cardinals want to keep them winless, they say that fact needs to be ignored.

“If you let that seep in they’ll be 1-5 and we’ll be 4-2,” Cardinals defensive lineman and former Raider Tommy Kelly said. “We’ve just got to understand, they want to win. You think they’re going out there intentionally trying to lose games?

“That’s what I never understand sometimes about fans, they think the team stinks, but do you think those folks are playing bad on purpose? No, they want to win just as badly as we do.”

While the Raiders are winless for a reason, rare is the team that goes through its season without notching a ‘W’. And though the past has next-to-nothing to do with this year’s Cardinals, the franchise has been on the wrong side of the scoreboard before in games like this.

In 2004, Arizona lost to a 0-4 San Francisco team on the road. In fact, that season Arizona provided the 49ers’ only two wins of the season, with both coming down to overtime and both finishing with a 31-28 score. Going even farther back, the Cards provided the 1996 New York Jets with their only win of the season by way of a 31-21 decision in Week 9 .

While neither one of those Cardinals team was as good as this year’s, the point is in the NFL anyone can be beat on any given day. The Raiders have not been far off from pulling out some victories, as three of their five losses have come by seven points or less.

“It’s just the next opponent,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, ignoring the Raiders’ record. “You look at the tape and you watch (linebacker) Khalil Mack fly around and those other guys on there, and (quarterback) Derek Carr is playing outstanding — he’s not a rookie anymore, he’s got five games under his belt, so this is a quality opponent.”

“It’s a very talented team,” Cardinals QB Carson Palmer added. “You can’t look at records; you have to look at the film. You look at the New England game and how they played in New England and the way they fought against the Chargers last week.

“This is a very talented group and a group we’ve got to be at our best at.”

If the Cardinals can play at their best, you’d have to think they have a good shot at leaving Oakland Alameda Coliseum with a victory.

Arizona Cardinals

Head coach Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins looks on from the sideline during the second quarter ...
Arizona Sports

Report: Cardinals head coach candidate Brian Flores takes Vikings’ DC job

Arizona Cardinals head coaching candidate Brian Flores has reportedly accepted the Minnesota Vikings' vacant defensive coordinator position.
19 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals WR A.J. Green (Jeremy Schnell/Arizona Sports)...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals wide receiver A.J. Green announces retirement on Instagram

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver A.J. Green has announced on his Instagram account that he has retired from the game of football.
19 hours ago
Budda Baker #3 of the Arizona Cardinals gestures during warmups prior to the game against the Los A...
Tom Kuebel

Budda Baker: Cardinals were unprepared for 2022 due to poor training camp participation

Cardinals pro bowl safety Budda Baker told NFL.com that he could tell his team was ill-prepared after a Week 1 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
19 hours ago
Acting head coach defensive coordinator Vance Joseph of the Arizona Cardinals looks on during the t...
Wills Rice

Report: Cardinals narrow head coach search to 3 candidates after eliminating 3 more

The Arizona Cardinals have reportedly narrowed their head coaching search down to three names after eliminating three more on Sunday.
2 days ago
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 12: Bottles litter the 16th hole after a hole-in-one by Sam Ryder of...
Dan Bickley

City of Phoenix better at hosting championships than winning them

This week might also be the busiest, buzziest and most profitable week ever in our history as big-event hosts.
19 hours ago
AFC wide receiver Davante Adams (17) of the Las Vegas Raiders runs with the ball as NFC strong safe...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals’ Budda Baker snags INT in NFC’s Pro Bowl win over AFC

The Cardinals had one participant in the Pro Bowl Games on Sunday, and safety Budda Baker made sure to put on a show.
2 days ago
Cardinals at Raiders: Ignoring the records is imperative for Arizona