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Cardinals

1-3-1

Falcons

1-4

Jay Gruden was the first coach fired this season, but it’s hard to envision Atlanta’s Dan Quinn surviving much longer if there are more games like Week 5’s 53-32 loss to Houston. Arizona, meanwhile, picked up win No. 1 for rookie quarterback Kyler Murray and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury in Cincinnati last week. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan is putting up numbers, but it has not translated into wins. His 1,655 total yards is second in the league, and his 11 touchdowns are tied for second among all QBs. However, his seven interceptions are a major blemish and is the reason that the Falcons are 10th in total offense but 19th in points scored (20.4 per game). The Cardinals average a few yards less than Atlanta, but their points per game average is even. Both teams’ defenses are in the bottom 10 in total yards, with Atlanta giving up three more points per game than the Cardinals (last week’s 53-point debacle didn’t help in that average). For having a rookie quarterback and a new offense from the head coach, the Cardinals being only -1 in turnover differential isn’t that bad. The Falcons, meantime, are -5, which is tied for second-worst in the league. The Falcons are favored in this battle of the birds, despite being on the road. We’ll see what they’re made of – can they take last week’s blowout loss personally to regroup and defeat a weaker team, or will the younger team, coming off a victory, be hungrier as Atlanta continues to slide down the slippery slope? Depending on what you think regarding these two teams will likely directly influence your wager here.

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