Falcons vs. Cardinals Week 6 Prediction
In what could be Dan Quinn’s final game as head coach of the Falcons depending on how his team performs, Atlanta will take on the Cardinals at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday. Fresh off their first win of the season, will the Cardinals pull off the upset?
267 Atlanta Falcons (-2.5) at 268 Arizona Cardinals (+2.5); O/U 51.5
4:05 p.m. ET, Sunday, October 13
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Public Betting Trends
According to our NFL Football Public Betting Chart page, the Falcons are receiving 59% of the betting tickets from online sportsbooks.
Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Spin
Matt Ryan completed 32-of-46 passes for 330 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the Falcons' 53-32, Week 5 loss to the Texans. Ryan added a rushing touchdown from the goal line. The Falcons continued to have little success running the ball and have had to rely on Ryan's arm all season. He was brilliant in the first half before fading in the third quarter. That was enough for the Texans to build a commanding lead, and the rest of Ryan's production largely came with the game decided. J.J. Watt regularly made life difficult for the entire Falcons' offensive line. Ryan will continue to rack up fantasy points inside of this pass-happy offense, but the Falcons are looking more and more like anybody's idea of a bad team. Still, next week's get-right spot against the Cardinals is appetizing for the entire offense.
Arizona Cardinals Fantasy Spin
David Johnson (back) did not practice Wednesday. Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Johnson will be monitored all week and didn't guarantee that Johnson would play Week 6 against the Falcons. Johnson's back "locked up" on Sunday causing him a ton of pain and discomfort. He seems truly questionable this week, so Chase Edmonds is a must-own if he's still available. Edmonds would be, at worst, a volume-based RB1/2 if Johnson can't get cleared in time. Practice reports on Thursday and Friday will be key.
NFL Betting Trends
The Falcons are just 5-16 against the spread in their last 21 road games and have dropped five of their last six games against the number overall.
The Cardinals are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven conference games and have dropped five of their last six games against the number at home.
The Falcons have a lot of talent but it’s being wasted on horrendous coaching. Quinn’s defense is terribly predictable, which has been evident since Week 1. They were pushed around by the Vikings, were fortunate to beat the Eagles, couldn’t come up with a big stop against the Colts, turned Marcus Mariota into Peyton Manning and were thoroughly embarrassed by the Texans last week. I don’t care how bad the Cardinals are, the Falcons are worse and Quinn will likely be looking for a new job soon.
NFL Week 6 Prediction: Arizona Cardinals +2.5