Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons - 1/1/23 NFL Picks and Prediction

Atlanta Falcons (5-10) vs Arizona Cardinals (4-11)

Game Info: Sunday, January 1, 2023 at 1:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Falcons -6 -- Over/Under: 41 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Arizona Cardinals will play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Arizona Cardinals are 4-11 this season after they lost to Tampa Bay in overtime by a score of 19-16 in their last game. Arizona was out gained by a total of 396-325 and turned the ball over three times in the loss. The Arizona offense is averaging 20.5 points per game with 214.6 passing yards per game and 112.4 rushing yards per game. Colt McCoy is out again this week with concussion symptoms, so David Blough will get the start at quarterback for the Cardinals. James Conner (questionable) has rushed for 703 yards and seven scores, while DeAndre Hopkins (questionable) has caught 64 passes for 717 yards and three touchdowns for Arizona. The Arizona defense is giving up 26.1 points per game and 354.8 yards per game.

The Atlanta Falcons are 5-10 this season after they lost to Baltimore by a score of 17-9 in their last game. Atlanta out gained Baltimore by a total of 327-299, but turned the ball over one time (plus an additional three turnovers on downs) in the game. The Atlanta offense is averaging 21 points per game with 155 passing yards per game and 160.8 rushing yards per game. Desmond Ridder has thrown for 315 yards for the Falcons this season. Tyler Allgeier has rushed for 817 yards and two touchdowns, while Drake London has caught 61 passes for 699 yards and four scores for Atlanta. The Atlanta defense is giving up 23.3 points per game and 373 yards per game.

Arizona is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games. The under is 17-7 in Arizona’s last 24 road games. Atlanta is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 January games. The under is 4-0 in Atlanta’s last 4 games. The over is 4-0 in these two teams last 4 head to head meetings.

Both of these teams enter this matchup on a losing streak and will be starting their backup quarterbacks in this game. Arizona was very close to beating Tampa Bay last week, but they blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. The Arizona defense has been questionable recently and has allowed at least 24 points in four of their last five games. David Blough has made some starts for Detroit in the past, but I don’t think he will generate much. I like the Falcons here.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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