The Atlanta Falcons (1-4) head to Glendale this weekend for an all-NFC matchup with the Arizona Cardinals (1-3-1). Kickoff is set for 4:05 PM EST on October 13th at University of Phoenix Stadium and the game will be broadcast on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Falcons listed as 1-point road favorites. That spread has shifted by over a full point after early betting, as Atlanta is currently available at -2.5. The total for this matchup is 52 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 6 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Cardinals vs Falcons Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Falcons dropped their third game in a row last weekend, losing 53-32 to Houston on the road to drop to 1-4 on the season overall. Atlanta actually held a 17-16 lead at the half but completely fell apart defensively in the second half, giving up 37 points. QB Matt Ryan certainly did his part to keep the Falcons in the game, going 32/46 for 330 yards and three touchdowns. None of the running backs found a way to get any momentum going on the ground, as Devonta Freeman led the way with just 30 rushing yards on 11 carries. However, he did find the end zone on one of his four catches for 40 yards. Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu scored the other two receiving touchdowns and combined for 144 yards on 10 catches. As a whole, the offense gained almost 400 total yards of offense and scored four touchdowns despite coming up well short on the scoreboard.
Atlanta was a disaster on the other side of the ball against the Texans, getting torched for almost 600 total yards and six touchdowns. The Falcons were exposed repeatedly through the air, as Houston WR Will Fuller exploded for a ridiculous 217 yards and three touchdowns on a career-high 14 receptions.
The Cardinals snapped their three game losing streak last weekend, slipping by Cincinnati 26-23 on the road to improve to 1-3-1 overall on the season. Arizona jumped out to a 13-6 lead in the first half and managed to hold on over the final two quarters despite getting outscored 17-13. QB Kyler Murray played well, going 20/32 for 253 passing yards while also adding 93 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. David Johnson also had a big outing racking up 156 total yards. Chase Edmonds was the only other Cardinal to find the end zone, rushing for 68 yards on just eight carries. Overall, the offense generated over 500 total yards against a bad Bengals defense.
Arizona had an average outing defensively in Week 5, surrendering almost 400 total yards of offense and giving up two touchdowns. The Cardinals got torched through the air by Cincinnati wideout Tyler Boyd, who made 10 catches for 123 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Falcons -2.5
While this matchup doesn’t necessarily two of the strongest teams in the entire league, it still has the potential to be a very entertaining game considering how much skill both sides have on offense. Julio Jones and the rest of the Atlanta receiving corps could have a monster outing against a bad Cardinals defense that has given up several huge days to opposing quarterbacks this season already. The Arizona offense is also in a very good position here in Week 6, as the Falcons have 104 points combined in just their last three games. However, I just have a little bit more faith in Atlanta to get the job done, especially considering how tough their schedule has been so far. While both teams currently have just one win each, the Cardinals lone victory came against the hapless Bengals.
Click here for more free NFL picks from our experts on staff.
The Falcons have owned this matchup as of late, going a perfect 3-0 against the spread over their last three meetings with Arizona. The Cardinals are also just 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and a brutal 0-6-1 against the spread in their last seven outings against NFC opponents. As long as this spread stays below 3 points, I think Atlanta offers the most value in this particular spot. I’ll lay the points and take the slight road favorite – give me the Falcons to cover!