Cardinals vs Falcons ; This NFC game’s spread is placed at 9 points in favor of Atlanta. The Cardinals are currently receiving +300 moneyline odds while the Falcons are -400. This NFC matchup could offer some in-game betting opportunities. The over/under is set at 44 points.
The Cardinals are 3-10 straight up (SU) while the Falcons are 4-9 SU. The Cardinals have lost 2.3 units so far and are 6-7 against the spread (ATS). They’ve been a good under bet and have posted an O/U record of 5-8.
The Falcons have been a disappointment to moneyline bettors this season, losing 8.2 units. They’re 3-10 ATS and have an O/U record of 7-6.
The Cards are on the rebound after a 17-3 defeat to Detroit in Week 14. The Cards defense allowed the Lions to eat up the clock by running for 122 yards on 31 rush attempts, along with one rushing TD. On the offense, Josh Rosen completed 26 passes for 240 yards and one interception. David Johnson (only 49 yards on 15 rush attempts) led the ground attack while Johnson (eight receptions, 12 yards) and Trent Sherfield (five catches, 77 yards) shared the receiving duties in the defeat.
Back in Week 14, Green Bay knocked off this Atlanta team by a score of 34-20. Matt Ryan completed 28-of-42 passes for 262 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Ito Smith (60 rushing yards on 11 attempts) and Tevin Coleman (45 yards on 10 carries) mounted the running game as Julio Jones (eight receptions, 106 yards, two TDs) and Mohamed Sanu (six catches, 54 yards) led the receiving attack in the loss.
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Arizona has run the ball on 42.5 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Atlanta has an overall rush percentage of 34.9 percent. The Cardinals have produced 84 rush yards per game and have eight touchdowns on the ground this year. The Falcons are logging 81 rushing yards per contest and have eight total rush TDs.
If the results so far this season can translate to this game, then it appears the Cardinals might have the more disruptive lines up front. Their offensive line has yielded just 52 sacks while the D-line registered 37 sacks. The Falcons offensive line has given up 24 sacks and their defense has sacked opposing QBs just 39 times.
The Cards have tallied 178 yards/game in the air overall and have 12 passing scores so far. The Falcons have recorded 315 pass yards per game and have 28 total pass TDs.
Arizona seems to possess an edge when it comes to limiting the pass. The team has allowed opponents to run for an average of 139 yards and pass for 230 yards per game. Atlanta has allowed 131.2 yards per game on the ground and 269.8 to opponents in the air. The Cards are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 6.06 to opposing QBs, while the Falcons have given up a 7.15 ANY/A.
Ryan likely has the advantage over Rosen in this matchup. The Falcons man under center has an adjusted net yards per pass attempt 7.77 for the year and 5.05 across his last two outings while Rosen’s ANY/A is 3.87 and 4.25 over the past two games.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons NFL Prediction
SU Winner – Falcons, ATS Winner – Cardinals, O/U – Over