The main thing standing in the way of such a win streak is Matt Ryan getting a chance to work out the kinks in his team’s passing game against Arizona’s underwhelming secondary. Fans clamoring for the days of grinding things out by running the ball and playing stout defense may want to avoid this game.
The Falcons are in a bad state with Dan Quinn's defense, but in this game, all the hard work Matt Ryan is doing will pay off. The QB gets to throw to Julio Jones with no worries about Patrick Peterson, who is serving the final game of his six-week suspension. The Cardinals have been a spread-it-out offense, and Kyler Murray's running can cause issues, but they don't have a big-play offense.
Look for a lot of points in this one. Both defenses have major issues.This week will be much of the same, but Matt Ryan will win a shootout.
I don’t want anything to do with this game but I can’t figure out any reason to possibly back the talent-deficient Cardinals unless the Falcons have fully quit on the season. I don’t think Atlanta has quit on well-liked coach Dan Quinn yet; it’s just incapable on defense.
Sometimes, you just need to break down a game in its simplest form: A falcon would tear a cardinal to shreds if the two birds ever crossed paths in a hostile environment.
I really like the over in this game. Atlanta has one of the worst defenses in the league, and the Cardinals rank 27th in pass DVOA and 24th in yards per pass attempt. There are going to be a lot of passes in this one, and neither team will have success stopping it.
I understand the Falcons aren’t good. Their defense in particular is bad. But the Cardinals are bad, too. Atlanta just has more top-end talent, and I don’t see how the Cardinals slow them down. This could be a surprisingly entertaining game with a ton of points. And if the Falcons lose, I don’t see how coach Dan Quinn has his job by Week 7.
Bow-wow. Another dog day afternoon with these runts. At least Atlanta has some offensive threats. The seat is hot for coach Dan Quinn and could get hotter with a loss in the desert.
Picking Atlanta to win as a road team against anyone but Miami makes little sense. The Falcons have been an absolute disaster in 2019, losing three games by at least two touchdowns. Kyler Murray could have his best game of the season against a defense that has given up at least 27 points in all three road games.
This might be a game remembered for two things. Kyler Murray having his first massive day in the NFL, and the last game for Dan Quinn in Atlanta. The Cardinals (1-3-1) and Falcons (1-4) are afterthoughts in the playoff couture, but this could be entertaining.
The Falcons don’t do much well, especially on defense, with the NFL’s second-worst sack rate, third-worst third-down defense and ninth-worst red-zone defense. Oh, and they also commit more penalties than anyone.
Arizona averages 5.4 yards per carry on the ground, while Matt Ryan leads the league in pass attempts. This could be a game with lopsided time of possession in favor of Arizona, especially if Ryan continues his turnover-happy ways.
The Falcons have lost three in a row and are coming off a road loss in which they allowed 53 points. The Cardinals are coming off a game in which they finally managed a victory. Are the Falcons that bad? This will be the litmus test.
SILVER (0.25 units)