Arizona Cardinals vs Atlanta Falcons Prediction, 1/1/2023 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 17
Game: Arizona Cardinals vs Atlanta Falcons
Date: Sunday, January 1, 2023
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Falcons (-3.5)
The Arizona Cardinals (4-11) are hitting the road to Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday where they will attempt to defeat the Atlanta Falcons (5-10). Atlanta is 3.5-point favorites. The betting total is set at 41.
The Arizona Cardinals head into this matchup 4-11 for this year. In their last game, the Cardinals faced the Buccaneers and went home with a loss by a final score of 19-16. James Conner led the offense in rushing for the Cardinals with 15 carries for 79 yards (5.3 yards per carry). Greg Dortch had an average of 9.8 yards per catch by earning 98 yds on 10 receptions. Trace McSorley finished 24/45 with 217 yds through the air. He had a quarterback rating of 57.4 and finished the game with 1 interception. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Cardinals gave up 115 yards on 30 attempts, which averages out to 3.8 yards per rush surrendered. Arizona relinquished 32 completions on 48 attempts for 281 yards, and a completion rate of 66.7%. Overall, they had 74 plays which totaled 325 yards. The Arizona Cardinals ended up rushing 27 different times and amassed 121 yds, which earned them an average of 4.5 yards per attempt.
The Cardinals have earned 4,905 yards in total this season. Arizona has a total of 170 1st downs offensively, and they have been hurt by 103 infractions for 816 yards. In terms of getting in the endzone, Arizona has totaled 15 touchdowns via the pass and 14 touchdowns via the ground. They have surrendered the football 21 times (14 picks and 7 fumbles). As a unit they average 112.4 yards via the ground game ranking them 20th in the league. When it comes to putting points on the board, the Arizona Cardinals have an average of 20.5 points per contest.
The Cardinals are ranked 30th in the league regarding the opposition scoring, conceding 26.1 points per contest. They are allowing 4.6 yards per rush and 114.3 rushing yards per game over the course of this year. Over the course of this year, they have given up 1,715 yards via the ground game in 15 outings. In terms of yards via the pass, the Cardinals have surrendered 3,607 yards which has them sitting in 26th in the league. They have relinquished 240.5 yards per outing through the air and giving up a completion percentage of 69.5%. Over the course of this year, they have relinquished 354.8 yards/game which has them ranked 22nd in the league. They have relinquished 26 touchdowns through the air as well as 17 touchdowns pounding the rock.
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The Falcons step onto the field holding a record of 5-10 this season. The last time they stepped on the football field, the Falcons took a defeat with a final score of 17-9 against the Ravens. Desmond Ridder walked away from the contest with 218 yards on 22/33 through the air while his quarterback rating was 85.2. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 6.6 yds. Drake London was one of the featured targets for the Falcons, grabbing 7 balls for 96 yards (13.7 yds per catch). Tyler Allgeier ran the football 18 times for 74 yds, finishing the game with 4.1 yds per attempt for Atlanta. The Falcons finished the contest with a total of 327 yards and they ran 68 plays (4.8 yards per play). Atlanta ran for 3.5 yards per attempt, finishing the game with 115 yds on 33 attempts. Atlanta conceded 34 rush attempts for 184 yards (5.4 yards per carry). The Falcons pass defense allowed a completion rate of 52.9%, surrendering 115 yds on 9 out of 17 passing.
The Atlanta Falcons hold an average of 315.8 yards per outing which has them ranked 27th out of all teams in the league. They average 160.8 yards per game via the rush and have toted the ball for 2,412 yards in total. The Atlanta offense has compiled 506 yards of penalties on 61 infractions, which has them sitting 32nd in football in terms of giving up free yards. They have thrown 9 picks while surrendering 10 fumbles and they have been able to earn 128 1st downs. During the season thus far, the Falcons have thrown for a total of 2,325 yards via the pass as well as holding an average of 155.0 throwing yards per outing, ranking them 31st in the league. In terms of the points being put on the board, the Falcons are ranked 17th in the league holding an average of 21.0 points per game.
The Falcons are allowing 23.3 PPG, ranking them 23rd in the league. They have conceded 23 touchdowns through the air as well as 239.5 yards/contest, which has them ranked 25th out of all teams. Over the course of the season, they have allowed 350 points in total. Atlanta has conceded a total of 2,002 yards rushing (133.5 yards per outing) as well as 15 touchdowns by ground this season. The Falcons defense has taken part in 959 plays, which has them ranked 18th in the league. They have totaled 16 takeaways (6 fumbles and 10 picks) so far this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Falcons NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Falcons -3.5
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