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Cardinals Falcons Betting Preview for Week 8

Atlanta Falcons Arizona Cardinals

Do the Atlanta Falcons have life? After losing three games in a row by a total of 13 points the Falcons picked up a much-needed victory Sunday against Tampa Bay.

So the Falcons, who have made the playoffs the last three seasons, are 2-4 heading into a battle of the birds Sunday in the desert against the 3-4 Arizona Cardinals (4:25 pm ET, Fox).

Atlanta built a 24-7 lead Sunday over the Bucs, then hung on for both the victory and the cover as six-point favorites.

Arizona will be working on a couple extra days off, after losing to Seattle 34-22 last Thursday.

These two teams met last year, at the Georgia Dome, the Falcons coming away with a 23-19 win. But the Cardinals covered as nine-point underdogs.

As of early this week Arizona was favored by 2.5 points over Atlanta.

They battle the Falcons, currently with a 2-4 mark (2-4 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 3-4 for the Cardinals and 5-1 for the Falcons.

View Atlanta Falcons vs Arizona Cardinals Odds and Stats.

Bettors who were going with the Cardinals in this one found them listed as 2-point favorites on the betting line at 5Dimes. Totals bettors have seen that number set earlier in the week at 45 for Sunday according to BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 10-rated Falcons taking on the No. 20-rated Cardinals in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 21-18 win for the Falcons on Sunday.

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The Falcons were a 31-23 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Buccaneers. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (54) made winners of OVER bettors. The Cardinals suffered a Week 7 loss against Seattle in their last game, falling 34-22 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Arizona's No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 19 PPG, against a Falcons defense that ranks No. 23 this week at 26.17 PPG. The Cardinals aerial game is averaging 232 yards per game, less than the Falcons secondary allows through the air, 266.67 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Falcons feature the league's No. 5-rated road run defense, allowing 84 yards per game. Arizona, meanwhile, ranks No. 29 in rushing offense at home.

A few Falcons at Cardinals trends to consider:
Atlanta is 3-11-1 SU in its last 15 games
Atlanta is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Atlanta is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Atlanta is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Arizona
Arizona is 4-12-1 SU in its last 17 games
Arizona is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Arizona is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Atlanta at Carolina, Sunday, November 3rd
Arizona at Houston, Sunday, November 10th