Read our Cardinals vs Falcons pick and preview for this NFL week 17 game in Atlanta. Check out who we like to win and cover the spread in this week’s NFL matchup.
Cardinals vs Falcons Pick & Preview- NFL Week 17
On Sunday, January 1st at 1:00 PM ET, the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. FOX is carrying television coverage the for game. The Falcons head into this NFC matchup as the 3.5 point favorite to come away with the win.
Cardinals vs Falcons Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NFL
- Teams: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
- Where: Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
- Date: Sunday, January 1st
- Betting Odds ATL -3.5, ARI +160 | ATL -195 O/U 41.0
Can Colt McCoy Help Lead The Cardinals To A Road Upset At Atlanta?
In week 16, the Arizona Cardinals dropped their NFC matchup against the Buccaneers by a score of 19-16. Despite the loss, Arizona picked up an ATS win. The team entered the game as 7.5 point underdogs. The over-under betting total going into the game was 42, which the teams did not surpass.
For the game, Arizona ran the ball 27 times, finishing with 121 rushing yards. In addition to running for 79 yards, James Conner ran for 1 score.
At the quarterback position, Trace McSorley ended the game with a passer rating of 57.4 on 217 yards through the air. McSorley walked away from the game without a passing touchdown. Greg Dortch was the team’s leader in the passing game, finishing with 98 yards and 10 catches. On average, Arizona has thrown the ball 40 times per game, placing them 4th in the league. So far, 65.6% of their yards have come through the air, on a completion percentage of 65.4% (18th).
Can Desmond Ridder And The Falcons Take Care Of Business At Home?
In week 16, the Atlanta Falcons dropped a non-conference matchup against the Ravens by a score of 17-9. Atlanta not only lost the game but failed to cover the spread as 6.5 point underdogs. The over-under betting total going into the game was 35, which the teams did not surpass.
For the game, Atlanta ran the ball 33 times, finishing with 115 rushing yards. Tyler Allgeier led the team with 74 rush yards and did not find the endzone.
Last week, Desmond Ridder completed 66% of his passing attempts for 218 passing yards. Ridder walked home from the game without a passing touchdown. Leading the team’s passing attack was Drake London, who finished with 96 yards, including a yards per reception figure of 13.7. Atlanta has thrown the ball an average of 23.9 times per game, placing them in 31st. Going into the game, the Falcons have thrown a total of 9.0 interceptions, coming on a passing completion percentage of 61.4% (26th).
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NFL Game
Last year, the Cardinals and Falcons did not play each other.
Looking back at the recent matchups between Arizona and Atlanta, the Falcons have taken 3 of the last 5 contests. The over-under record in these games sits at 4-1, with the average scoring total coming in at 53.0 points.
The Atlanta Falcons have gone 3-2-0 vs the spread in these games. On average, the Cardinals have averaged 22.4 points per game in the past 5 head-to-head matchups, compared to Atlanta at 30.6.
In their last 5 games away from home, the Cardinals have a straight-up record of 2-3-0 while going 2-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 20.6 points per game in these contests.
Across their 5 previous home games, Atlanta has an ATS mark of 2-3. Their straight-up record in these matchups was 3-2 while averaging 25.0 points per game.
Cardinals vs Falcons Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Cardinals 3.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 41.0