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NFL Betting Picks and Predictions: Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons - Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023
January 1, 2023
The Arizona Cardinals enter this game having lost their previous five matchups in a row including a 16-19 overtime loss at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 16 of the NFL season.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons enter this game having lost their last four games in a row including a 9-17 loss on the road against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday in week 16 of the NFL season.
BookMaker has the Atlanta Falcons listed as 3.5-point favorites at home against the Arizona Cardinals and has set the total for the over/under plays at 41 points. Which team will end their losing streak with a win in this matchup on Sunday? Lets take a look at how these teams have fared this season.
Arizona Cardinals Team Preview
The Arizona Cardinals enter this game with an overall record of 4-11 which includes a 16-19 overtime loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Arizona lost the time of possession 26:34 to 33:26, was outgained by Tampa Bay 325 to 396 total yards offensively, and was -1 in the turnover department in the loss. The Cardinals are 7-8 ATS overall, 3-3 ATS on the road, and 6-6 ATS as an underdog this season.
Kyler Murray leads the team in passing completing 259 of 390 attempts for 2,368 yards with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing for 418 yards and three touchdowns on 67 attempts. James Conner leads the team in rushing with 167 carries for 703 yards and seven touchdowns while adding 43 receptions for 269 yards and a touchdown. DeAndre Hopkins leads the team in receiving catching 64 of 96 targets for 717 yards and three touchdowns.
Atlanta Falcons Team Preview
The Atlanta Falcons enter this game with an overall record of 5-10 which includes a 9-17 loss on the road against the Baltimore Ravens. Atlanta won the time of possession 34:44 to 27:16 and outgained Baltimore 327 to 299 total yards offensively but was -1 in the turnover department in the loss. The Falcons are 8-7 ATS overall, 4-3 ATS at home, and 1-2 ATS as a favorite this season.
Marcus Mariota leads the team in passing completing 184 to 300 attempts for 2,219 yards with 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for 438 yards and four touchdowns on 85 attempts. Tyler Allgeier leads the team in rushing with 166 carries for 817 yards and two touchdowns while adding 15 receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown. Drake London leads the team in receiving catching 61 of 101 targets for 699 yards and four touchdowns.
Series Trends and Game Pick
Atlanta has won six of the last ten games in the series and has won by an average score of 30 to 20.8 while going 6-4 ATS in those matchups. The Falcons have won two of the last three games and have won by an average score of 37 to 22.33 while going 2-1 ATS in those contests.
The over is 7-2-1 in the last ten games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 50.8 points per game in those contests. The over has hit in the last three games with the teams combining for an average of 59.33 points per game in those matchups.
Atlanta enters this game with the better record and has been the better team in the series, winning six of the last ten and two of the last three games. The Falcons are 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the Atlanta Falcons -3 on BookMaker for this matchup on Sunday.
Spooky Express Pick: Atlanta Falcons -3
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