Arizona Cardinals vs. Oakland Raiders: Complete Week 7 Preview for Oakland

The Oakland Raiders are coming off their best performance of the season, and they'll be looking to build on it and earn their first win on Sunday when the 4-1 Arizona Cardinals visit Coliseum in Oakland. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET.

After an exceptional performance in Week 6's three-point loss to the San Diego Chargers, Derek Carr's day ended with a tough interception to end Oakland's final drive. Still, it was a game in which Carr exhibited the same potential he had shown in flashes throughout the season. The difference was that he was able to sustain that level of play for four quarters, and the offense showed just how dangerous it can be.

The Raiders will need a similar performance this week when Oakland takes on another red-hot team in the Cardinals.

The game will have an added level of intrigue as it will mark the return of Carson Palmer. Despite being traded from Oakland to Arizona before last season in inglorious fashion, he's been generally complimentary about the Raiders organization. That continued this week when he was asked about his time in Oakland (via CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair):

I have no hard feelings at all. I loved my time there. I loved living in the Bay Area and playing for the Raiders is unlike anything else. There is just something special to being a Raider and you don’t know it until you get to experience it. The fans have great passion for their team. They create a very difficult environment to play in.

Despite Palmer's positive words, the home crowd will no doubt greet him with boos in his return to Oakland.

Here's a look ahead at Sunday's game including updates, matchups to watch and predictions for the game.

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