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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 11/18/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




ARIZONA (4 - 5) at ATLANTA (8 - 1)
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Week 11 Sunday, 11/18/2012 1:00 PM
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ARIZONA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-5+2.13-62-716.07.4295.8(4.8)1.619.210.3320.8(5.3)1.8
Road Games1-3+1.81-31-313.55.7305.7(4.8)1.721.712.7305.5(5.1)1.2
Last 3 Games0-3-30-31-211.34.7320.3(5.1)1.725.317.3303.3(5.7)1.0
Dome Games3-4-1.82-51-615.37.7296.7(4.8)1.417.79.4302.3(5.2)2.0
ARIZONA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)16.07.418.030:5322-77(3.4)23-3957.7%219(5.6)62-296(4.8)(18.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.510.320.230:1826-109(4.2)22-3660.7%234(6.5)62-343(5.5)(15.9)
Offense Road Games13.55.718.231:0423-82(3.5)23-4057.2%223(5.6)63-306(4.8)(22.6)
Defense (All Games)19.210.317.630:1630-128(4.2)17-3155.4%193(6.3)61-321(5.3)(16.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.711.320.830:2929-132(4.5)21-3363.3%220(6.7)62-352(5.7)(15.5)
Defense Road Games21.712.717.228:5631-136(4.3)14-2850.0%170(6)60-305(5.1)(14)
ARIZONA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-533.6%0-050.0%2-62(27.9)3-28(10)7-53
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.71.6 13-538.4%1-057.9%3-64(24.8)23-2(10.7)7-55
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-429.6%0-0100.0%2-55(27.4)2-27(10.7)6-40

ATLANTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-1+7.36-34-527.415.3385.2(6.1)0.919.310.2365.6(6.2)2.0
Home Games4-0+42-21-324.712.5360.0(6.1)1.020.510.0397.7(6.6)2.0
Last 3 Games2-1+12-12-125.315.7433.0(6.6)0.320.311.3362.3(6.3)0.3
Dome Games4-1+2.72-32-325.213.4378.8(6.2)1.022.612.2406.2(6.7)1.8
ATLANTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)27.415.322.931:4524-93(3.8)27-3968.4%293(7.5)63-385(6.1)(14)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.512.320.230:0727-113(4.2)22-3463.2%245(7.1)61-357(5.8)(14)
Offense Home Games24.712.520.729:4322-89(4)24-3766.0%271(7.4)59-360(6.1)(14.5)
Defense (All Games)19.310.219.428:1526-130(4.9)21-3263.7%236(7.3)59-366(6.2)(18.9)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.21020.730:1027-112(4.2)23-3663.2%255(7)63-367(5.8)(16.5)
Defense Home Games20.510.021.230:1728-133(4.7)22-3266.9%265(8.2)60-398(6.6)(19.4)
ATLANTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-541.0%0-050.0%3-64(22)2-14(7.5)7-53
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.92 13-538.8%1-055.1%3-60(22.6)17-2(7.8)7-55
Stats Against (Home Games) 11-434.8%0-0100.0%2-50(22.2)2-18(7.9)9-80
Average power rating of opponents played: ARIZONA 21.6,  ATLANTA 18.2
ARIZONA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/4/2012@ ST LOUIS3-17L-1.5L37.5U17-4528-50-237132-1117-21-1311
10/21/2012@ MINNESOTA14-21L6.5L39U26-12625-36-230227-1668-17-432
10/29/2012SAN FRANCISCO3-24L7L37.5U9-732-52-258129-11318-19-2040
11/4/2012@ GREEN BAY17-31L10.5L43O18-5423-46-286239-17614-30-2081
11/18/2012@ ATLANTA            
11/25/2012ST LOUIS            
12/2/2012@ NY JETS            
12/9/2012@ SEATTLE            

ATLANTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/23/2012@ SAN DIEGO27-3W3W47U26-11930-40-265117-11621-38-1644
10/7/2012@ WASHINGTON24-17W-3W51U28-8334-52-338221-12915-24-1872
10/28/2012@ PHILADELPHIA30-17W3W43O37-14622-29-246024-9221-35-1780
11/11/2012@ NEW ORLEANS27-31L-2L53.5O18-4634-52-408129-14821-32-2921
11/25/2012@ TAMPA BAY            
11/29/2012NEW ORLEANS            
12/9/2012@ CAROLINA            
12/16/2012NY GIANTS            
ARIZONA: The Cards have largely given up on establishing the run because of their tendency to fall behind early in games. But their power running game, featuring a man-blocking scheme and between-the-tackles pounding, still remains. Beanie Wells was moderately effective last year, though they'd rather have Ryan Williams taking a large portion of the carries as long as he's recovered from knee surgery. Arizona largely runs out of its two-receiver sets, with an even split between two tight ends and fullback Anthony Sherman. The Cards get conservative in the red zone, where Wells gets a heavy workload and should continue to for as long as he's able to remain healthy. Kevin Kolb will get another shot in the desert. The Cardinals got much more aggressive throwing downfield last season, especially letting Larry Fitzgerald battle for the 50/50 ball. They can do the same thing on the other side once rookie Michael Floyd is ready. They usually throw out of three-receiver sets, and while the No. 2 (Floyd or Andre Roberts) gets more reps, the Cards throw to the slot (Roberts or Early Doucet) underneath just as often. Even after the addition of Todd Heap, the tight ends were used sparingly. When they throw in the red zone, Fitzgerald is almost always the first look, and they'll often force it to him even in double-coverage. The slot receiver over the middle is usually the second option down near the goal line. Partly because its subpar offense kept its defense on the field for the third-most minutes in the NFL, Arizona's yardage allowed was mediocre. Although the points and sacks improved significantly, the defense did not score in 2011. DL Calais Campbell has put together four strong seasons since becoming a starter for the Cardinals. He does a nice job picking up blocking schemes and knows how to use his hands in traffic. Darnell Dockett remains one of the NFL's better defensive linemen despite the fact that his sack numbers continue to decline. Daryl Washington is a bit undersized for an inside linebacker, but he moves like a defensive back. It could be argued that Patrick Peterson's contributions on special teams last season (four return touchdowns) were more than offset by his inability to cover. Opposing quarterbacks will likely continue to attack him until he improves: He was targeted 112 times last season, a total that ranked third in the NFL.
ATLANTA: New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter isn't nearly as run-happy as departed play-caller Mike Mularkey, so this offense won't be nearly as ground-heavy as it's been in recent seasons. Atlanta was largely a man-blocking team under Mularkey, but Koetter runs a mix of man and zone, requiring an adjustment for the offensive line. As for the backs, Michael Turner is declining, and Jacquizz Rodgers has carved out a role as a change-of-pace back who will get the ball in a variety of ways. Koetter coached 5-foot-6 Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville, and while MJD is thicker, Koetter won't hesitate to use the 5-foot-6 Rodgers. Koetter tends to not mess around with a lot of play-action in the red zone, so near the goal line is where Turner will continue to earn his money. Koetter likes to get his receivers stretching the field, especially on play-action, and he's always been able to find ways to get the ball to his tight ends, which is good news for Tony Gonzalez. Roddy White should again be Matt Ryan's No. 1 target, and Julio Jones will be targeted more frequently downfield. One of Koetter's biggest challenges is to improve the screen game, which was non-existent in Atlanta. That's why Rodgers could be in for a much bigger role. He also plans on utilizing the no-huddle offense that the Falcons used effectively at times last year. The Falcons have a decent overall defense, but they lost their middle linebacker Curtis Lofton to the Saints. He'll be replaced by Sean Weatherspoon, who displayed outstanding range on the outside last season, but may take some time to adjust to the new role. The addition of CB Asante Samuel instantly improves Atlanta's secondary because he has the ability to make opposing quarterbacks pay for trying to avoid throwing at Brent Grimes, who is also an opportunistic playmaker capable of covering No. 1 receivers. DE John Abraham was the only player to surpass four sacks last season. Abraham can't keep his 10-sack production up forever, but he's still a solid tackler who has the ability to pop the football loose. Expect another productive season from the 34-year-old.
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*Cardinals-Falcons Preview* ===========================


Facing the Atlanta Falcons one week after they suffered their first loss might not present the ideal opportunity for the Arizona Cardinals to end a five-game losing streak.

The host Falcons look to get back to their winning ways Sunday against a Cardinals team that's trying to avoid a second six-game skid in as many seasons.

Atlanta (8-1) is eager to move on from Sunday's 31-27 defeat at New Orleans as it tries to maintain its standing as the top team in the NFC. The Falcons have not lost consecutive regular-season games since Dec. 6-13, 2009.

"We have a veteran football team, so we've won games and we've lost games and it's all about the way you bounce back," defensive back Dunta Robinson said. "One thing I know about this team in the years that I've been here is that we've always bounced back after a loss and I don't expect anything different.

"I mean, we're 8-1, so you can't be too down and you can't be too disappointed about that. ... We're still excited about our future."

The Falcons appear to be an extremely confident group despite losing a game they were in position to win. They led 10-0 in the first quarter and nearly erased a 28-17 fourth-quarter deficit, but failed to convert twice from the New Orleans 1-yard line and was stopped on fourth-and-2 on the same drive with less than 2 minutes to play.

Matt Ryan threw for 411 yards with three touchdowns and one interception while Tony Gonzalez caught 11 passes for 122 yards and two TDs. Atlanta's inability to produce against one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, though, played a big part in the defeat. Michael Turner was held to 15 yards on 13 carries and the Falcons totaled 46 yards rushing.

"We've got to do a lot of things better," coach Mike Smith said. "It's not one position group, it's not one guy, it's the entire offense."

The Falcons allowed the Saints to rush for 148 yards and star tight end Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

The Falcons shook things up Monday when they released veteran defensive end Ray Edwards, who started four games this season and had nine tackles and no sacks.

Atlanta ranks 20th in the league allowing 365.6 yards per game, and it will try for a better defensive performance against an Arizona team that is 31st in total offense at 295.4 yards a contest and scoring at 16.0 points. The Cardinals are last in the league with 76.2 yards per game on the ground.

Facing a Falcons squad looking for a ninth straight home win may not bode well for the Cardinals (4-5), who come out of their bye looking for a way to stop their skid.

"Physically you won't be that much better but mentally you can be better, especially when you are going through a streak like we are going through now," safety Kerry Rhodes told the team's official website. "Wipe the slate clean."

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he would not hold back from shuffling his lineup, and rookie Nate Potter is expected to start at left tackle in place of D'Anthony Batiste on a line that has allowed an NFL-high 41 sacks.

"We're not going to be afraid to make a change," Whisenhunt said. "That's what you have to look at. If it gives us an opportunity to get better and not stay the same, then that's what you have to do, because we've been inconsistent and we're looking for more consistency. When we play consistent football, we're a pretty good football team."

The line made strides in the team's last game Nov. 4, giving up only two sacks in a 31-17 loss at Green Bay. John Skelton threw for 306 yards with a TD and INT for the Cardinals.

Larry Fitzgerald, who caught six passes for 74 yards with a touchdown, has one 100-yard receiving game on the season and that came in Week 3. He had seven receptions for 83 yards in a 41-7 loss at Atlanta on Sept. 19, 2010.

Ryan, fourth in the league with a 102.6 passer rating, threw for 225 yards and three TDs in that contest.

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