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Where: State Farm Stadium
When: Sunday, October 13, 2019, 4:05 pm ET
The NFC South meets the NFC West when the 1-4 Atlanta Falcons travel to Glendale for a matchup with the 1-3-1 Arizona Cardinals this Sunday afternoon. Sunday marks the 31st meeting between the two tackle football teams with each team winning 15 games with Atlanta winning last December by a score of 40-14.
This will be the second consecutive road game for the Falcons and is coming off a 53-22 loss to the Houston Texans. Arizona took to the road last week and came out a 26-23 winner over the Cincinnati Bengals for their first victory of the season.
Falcons Hoping to Salvage SeasonAtlanta is riding the struggle bus and last week they suffered a 53-32 road loss at the hands of the Houston Texans. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 330 yards, three touchdowns and an interception and three different wide receivers caught touchdown passes but Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson threw five touchdown passes to spoil the Falcons big offensive day and win the tackle football game. The loss left the Falcons with a 1-4 record and needing a road win against the Arizona Cardinals and maybe salvage their season.
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Arizona allows 408 total yards of offense, allowing 269.2 passing yards and 138.8 rushing yards this season. The Cardinals defense has recorded 12 sacks without an interception this season.
Ryan will need to lead the Falcons on Sunday and he’s thrown for 1655 yards, 11 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Ryan has completed 70 percent of his passes and has been sacked 12 times this season.
The Falcons have a solid receiving corps, led by tight end Austin Hooper with 34 receptions for 363 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Pro-Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones has 26 receptions for 359 yards and four touchdowns and wide receiver Calvin Ridley has 21 receptions for 295 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu could also be a factor on Sunday and has 29 receptions for 281 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown this season.
Atlanta is bottom five in rushing this season and they will want to take advantage of the shaky Cardinals rushing defense. The one to do this will be Devonta Freeman. Freeman has rushed for 187 yards on 58 attempts and has yet to score a rushing touchdown this season. Running back Ito Smith has scampered for 93 yards on 18 attempts for one touchdown and Ryan is third on the list with 55 rushing yards and a touchdown this season.
Atlanta does have injury concerns; Center Alex Mack is listed as day to day and the Falcons defense could miss cornerback Deshaun Watson0 and Deshaun Watson1 are both listed as questionable for Sunday.
Murray with Strong Rookie SeasonArizona is 1-3-1 this season and coming off a solid 23-20 road victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray failed to throw a touchdown pass but ran for 93 yards and a touchdown and running back David Johnson carried the ball 17 times for 91 yards and a touchdown to lead the Cardinals to their first victory of the season.
The Falcons allow 378.2 total yards of offense per game with 257.4 passing yards and 120.8 rushing yards per game. Atlanta has recorded five sacks with just two interceptions this season.
Murray has had a good rookie season and has thrown for 1324 yards and four touchdowns with four interceptions and has been sacked 21 times this season. Murray has rushed for an additional 206 yards and two touchdowns and he’ll have plenty of opportunities to rack up yards against the Falcons awful defense.
Arizona has three ground gainers with over 100 rushing yards and running back David Johnson leads the way with 264 rushing yards and one touchdown and an additional 247 receiving yards with two touchdowns and is questionable for Sunday. Murray ranks second on the team and running back Chase Edmunds has picked up 127 rushing yards and a touchdown this season for the Cardinals.
Pro-Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald could be in line for a big day Sunday and leads Arizona with 29 receptions for 358 receiving yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Christian Kirk has 24 catches for 242 yards. Wide receiver KeeSean Johnson has 14 receptions for 131 receiving yards to lead the Arizona receiving corps this season. Kirk is listed as questionable for Sunday and wide receiver Damiere Byrd is also listed as questionable for Sunday.
- Cardinals are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 6.
- Cardinals are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
- Cardinals are 17-7-2 ATS in their last 26 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- Falcons are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game.
- Falcons are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- Falcons are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games in October.
- Falcons are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will play the Cardinals on Sunday because they are a football team that seems to be getting better and coming off their first victory of the season. Atlanta seems to be getting worse and coming off a terrible road loss to the Houston Texans. The Cardinals running game is superior and the injuries to the Falcons offensive line prevent them from getting Freeman more involved and that's going to cost them on Sunday afternoon.
I will take the points and play the Cardinals on Sunday.
Prediction: Cardinals +2.5
Full-Game Total Pick
We have two awful defenses that hemorrhage yards up against two offenses that aren't half bad and I see a shootout in the desert on Sunday afternoon. Atlanta has their season on the line Sunday and I expect that offense to purr like a kitten. Arizona is rebuilding behind a rookie quarterback and I don't see the Falcons stopping Murray, Johnson or any other Cardinals offensive player.
I will play the OVER on Sunday!
Prediction: Over 51.5 Points