Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals - 12/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Arizona Cardinals (3-10) at Atlanta Falcons (4-9)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
The Line: Atlanta Falcons -8.5 -- Over/Under: 44 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons meet Sunday in week 15 NFL action at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Arizona Cardinals could use a feel good victory here after losing six of their last eight games. The Arizona Cardinals have lost four of their last six road games. Josh Rosen is completing 55.4 percent of his passes for 1,910 yards, 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Rosen has one or less touchdown passes in eight of his 11 career games. Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald have combined for 1,153 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while David Johnson has 43 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 84.1 yards per contest, and Johnson leads the way with 810 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 25.2 points and 350.3 yards per game. Antoine Bethea leads the Arizona Cardinals with 105 tackles, Chandler Jones has 12 sacks and Tre Boston has three interceptions.
The Atlanta Falcons could also use a feel good victory here that would snap a five-game losing streak. The Atlanta Falcons have lost four of their last six home games. Matt Ryan is completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 4,076 yards, 28 touchdowns and six interceptions. Ryan has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley have combined for 1,086 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Mohamed Sanu has 51 receptions. The Atlanta Falcons ground game is averaging 81.2 yards per contest, and Tevin Coleman leads the way with 559 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Atlanta is allowing 28.2 points and 386.9 yards per game. Foye Oluokun leads the Atlanta Falcons with 74 tackles, Takkarist McKinley has 5.5 sacks and Damontae Kazee has six interceptions.
The Cardinals are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games in December. The Falcons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Atlanta. The under is 4-1 in Falcons last 5 games overall. The under is 7-2 in Cardinals last 9 vs. NFC.
The Arizona Cardinals continue to pile up the losses and have scored 18 or less points in six of their last eight games. However, two of the Cardinals three victories this season have come on the road. The Atlanta Falcons have offensive issues of their own, as despite the talent on that side of the ball, they're averaging just 17.6 points per game during this five-game losing streak. The Arizona Cardinals are 4-4-1 ATS in their last nine games when an underdog of at least seven points. The Atlanta Falcons have failed to cover 11 of their last 13 games when a favorite of at least seven points. With the way both teams have had issues scoring, the under or the Cardinals and the points is probably worth a look. However, the Falcons are head and shoulders the more talented team and one would think it's only a matter of time before this drought comes to an end. The Cardinals are who they are, the Falcons at least have some upside to them. I'm not in love with this matchup, but the Falcons have the ability to light up the Cardinals and take out some of their frustration.