Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons - 10/13/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Atlanta Falcons (1-4) at Arizona Cardinals (1-3-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 4:05 pm (State Farm Stadium)
The Line: Arizona Cardinals +1.5 -- Over/Under: 52
The Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals meet Sunday in NFL action at State Farm Stadium.
The Atlanta Falcons need a victory to save their season and snap a three-game losing streak. The Atlanta Falcons have lost six of their last eight road games. Matt Ryan is completing 70.3 percent of his passes for 1,655 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Ryan has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 14 games. Austin Hooper and Julio Jones have combined for 722 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Calvin Ridley has 21 receptions. The Atlanta Falcons ground game is averaging 67.6 yards per contest, and Devonta Freeman leads the way with 187 yards on 58 carries. Defensively, Atlanta is allowing 30.4 points and 378.2 yards per game. De’Vondre Campbell leads the Atlanta Falcons with 48 tackles, Grady Jarrett has two sacks and Desmond Trufant has two interceptions.
The Arizona Cardinals hope to win back-to-back games for the first time since December of 2017. The Arizona Cardinals have failed to win each of their last six home games. Kyler Murray is completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 1,324 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. Murray enters this game with 201 career pass attempts. Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson have combined for 605 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Christian Kirk has 24 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 126.8 yards per contest, and Johnson leads the way with 264 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 27.6 points and 408 yards per game. Jordan Hicks leads the Arizona Cardinals with 54 tackles, Chandler Jones has four sacks and Haason Reddick has four pass deflections.
The Falcons are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 road games, 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games in October and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cardinals are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The under is 22-9 in Cardinals last 31 home games. The over is 4-1 in Falcons last 5 games in October.
The Atlanta Falcons have failed to cover seven of their last nine games as a road favorite. The Arizona Cardinals have split their last 10 games ATS as a home underdog. I've given the Falcons every chance in the world to turn this thing around, as they were a team I thought could make a Super Bowl run, but they're not playing well to say the least and these losses have to be taking its toll on players who had high expectations. The Cardinals are coming off a solid win over the Bengals and have been far more competitive than most probably thought they'd be. There's no reason to get behind the Falcons in their current form, especially with them being in the favorite role. I'll take the Cardinals at home and the free point.