The Atlanta Falcons (5-10) play the Arizona Cardinals (4-11) on Sunday, the 1st, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Winning five out of 15 games leaves the Atlanta Falcons ranked fourth in the NFC South, while the Arizona Cardinals sit fourth in the NFC West with four victories going into this matchup. The Cardinals arrive at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium as big outsiders to stop the Atlanta Falcons. The home side should be able to book this one as a win, considering how highly the Arizona sports betting sites favor them.
Falcons VS Cardinals Betting lines
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Falcons VS Cardinals Moneyline
Backing the Falcons for victory at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium returns odds of -192 on the moneyline, which implies they have a 66% chance of coming through. The hosts are 5-10 for this season and 4-3 at home. The Arizona Cardinals, meanwhile, have every reason to be hitting the panic button as five straight defeats is enough to knock out any team. We don’t expect them to get out of this rut at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium either. Take the Falcons (-192) to win outright on the moneyline.
Falcons VS Cardinals Spread
The oddsmakers are siding with the Falcons on the spread, but not by much. The hosts open up as the 3.5-point favorites over the Cardinals for Sunday’s showdown. The last five rounds between the Falcons and the Cardinals have been rather one-sided, with an average winning margin of up to 13.4 points.
The Falcons went 5-6 ATS in their last 11 games against NFC West teams. The offense put up 22.0 points per game in that span, while the defense allowed an average of 27.4 points. The hosts are also 5-3 ATS in the past eight games at home and 3-7 ATS overall from their previous ten games.
The past five visits to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium have seen the Cardinals end up on the wrong side of the scoreboard four times, with an average losing margin of 15.0 points. In their past 10 matches, the Cardinals went 4-6 ATS and also ended up 4-4 ATS from their eight most recent road trips.
Falcons VS Cardinals Total
The Falcons and Cardinals’ offenses normally excel when they play each other. In the last ten games between these two teams, the average score has been 50.4 points per game.
The average total from the last five meetings between the Falcons and Cardinals was 52.6 points, 11.6 points higher than 41.0—the number set by the oddsmakers for Sunday’s contest at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
For betting on the total, consider that all the last four Falcons games went under. Meanwhile, the last five Falcons home games went over two times, leaving the home side with an overall 3-7 record from their last ten contests in the over/under market.
The Cardinals’ past six road games against NFC South teams produced an average of 43.0 points, with the score ending up 3-3 against the total. The total score went over in half the previous 10 road trips for the Cardinals, who are 7-3 in the over-and-under market from their last 10 games overall.
Falcons VS Cardinals Betting trends
- Atlanta Falcons point score went under in their last four games
- Arizona Cardinals’ last three away games went over.
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The Falcons were dealt a tough blow last week when they lost 17-9 to the Baltimore Ravens. The defeat extended their losing streak to four games, leaving their overall record for the past 10 games at 3-7.
The home offense has been struggling lately. In the last five matches, the unit has only put up 16.6 points on average, which is less than the Falcons’ season average of 21.0 points. As for the defense, it has lagged behind compared to most of the league’s defensive lines, allowing 23.3 points per game this year.
Unfortunately, the Falcons are already eliminated from playoff contention. While expectations weren’t high going into this regular season, the 5-10-0 hosts are already down and out. Locking onto a strong pick in the NFL draft order is the best they can hope for now.
A 16-19 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week extended the losing streak of the Cardinals to five matches. Their record for the last 10 games now stands at 2-8.
It’s been a rough few weeks for the visiting offense in terms of points scored. In the last five matches, the Cardinals have only put up 15.6 points on average which is way below their season average of 20.5 points. On the other side of the ball, the hosts have continued to struggle in defense. In the same number of games, they’ve surrendered 26.6 points and rank in position number 30 in the league for points allowed, having given up 26.1 points this year alone.
The Arizona Cardinals will not be making the playoffs this season. While they were expected to struggle, being winless at 4-11 means there is little hope left for them this year. The best they can do now is focus on getting a strong pick in next year’s draft order.
Falcons VS Cardinals H2H history
The total reached 41.0 points in the most recent encounter between these teams in October 2019. The matchup ended in a 34-33 road victory for the Arizona Cardinals back then. The Falcons came away with three wins from their past five matchups against the Cardinals, leaving them with an overall record of 3-2.
In their last ten head-to-head games, the Atlanta Falcons managed 28.2 points on average per game, while the Cardinals put 22.2 points on board.