How to Bet Cardinals vs Falcons NFL Week 15 Odds & Pick.

How to Bet Cardinals vs Falcons NFL Week 15 Odds & Pick

Written by on December 12, 2018

Prior to the start of every NFL season, we all have an idea of which teams will be competing for a playoff spot and which teams will be battling for the top draft pick next year. History has proven that we very often need to re-think those ideas as the season progresses. The teams that we expected to be among the Super Bowl favorites end up underwhelming in a big way, while one or two middle of the road teams rise up and prove that they are much better than we all thought.

The Arizona Cardinals have proven to be the team that we thought they would be, struggling to find wins in the first year of what may be a lengthy rebuilding project. A much bigger surprise, though, are the Atlanta Falcons, a team considered to be among the elite in the NFC prior to the start of the season. They have had injury issues on defense, but the offense has also misfired in a big way. The Falcons are a 9-point favorite here, with the point total set at 44.

How to Bet Cardinals vs Falcons NFL Week 15 Odds & Pick

  • When: Sunday, December 16 at 1 PM EST
  • Where: Mercedes Benz Stadium, Atlanta
  • TV: FOX
  • Radio: SiriusXM/NFL
  • Live Stream: NFL League Pass
  • NFL Odds: Atlanta Falcons -9 (Total 44)

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Weather Forecast

  • Mostly Cloudy: 11°C/52°F
  • Humidity: 68%
  • Precipitation: 4%
  • Cloud Cover: 66%
  • Wind: 10 mph NW
  • Stadium Type: Retractable

Why bet on the Arizona Cardinals?

The Cardinals used their first pick in the draft last season to land Josh Rosen, choosing to let the QB learn on the job in his rookie season. It has been, as you would expect, a series of ups and downs for the young man, but there are definitely some signs that he could be a decent NFL QB if the Cardinals can use the upcoming draft to get him some weapons and protection.

As far as the stats go, it has not been a good year for Arizona, going just 3-10 SU on the season. That said, they have not been an awful ATS picks, covering the spread in 6 of their last 10 games. They have been a decent bet as the underdog, going 6-4-1 ATS, which includes a 3-2-1 ATS record as the road dog. 5 of the last 7 meetings with Atlanta have gone OVER the point total.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Average Score For: 13.69
  • Total Yards: 242.46
  • Rush Yards: 84.15
  • Passing Yards: 158.31
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 25.15
  • Total Yards: 350.31
  • Rush Yards: 139.46
  • Passing Yards: 210.85

Why bet on the Atlanta Falcons?

This season has been an unmitigated disaster for the Falcons, as they are simply failing to execute on both sides of the football. They are on a 5-game losing skid heading into this one, but it’s the performance of their talented offensive unit that is perhaps the most alarming aspect of that run.

Cardinals vs Falcons should be an easy victory for Arizona.

They have averaged around 17 PPG during that 5-game streak, which is well below the numbers we expected from this group. They have also now only covered the spread twice in their last 10 games and are just 2-5 ATS as the home favorite. While they are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games at home, they have gone 4-1 ATS in the last 5 visits from the Cardinals. Bit of a coin flip there.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Average Score For: 24.31
  • Total Yards: 374.92
  • Rush Yards: 81.15
  • Passing Yards: 293.77
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 28.23
  • Total Yards: 387.07
  • Rush Yards: 131.38
  • Passing Yards: 255.69

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Cardinals vs Falcons NFL Week 15 Betting Trends

  • Arizona is 8-14-1 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
  • Arizona is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 16 of Arizona’s last 24 games on the road
  • Atlanta is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Atlanta is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 5 games

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Cardinals vs Falcons

While I certainly like Atlanta to get back to winning ways in this game, I am not totally sold on that point spread. I think we are looking at a TD win here, with the point total staying UNDER.

Score: Arizona Cardinals 17 – Atlanta Falcons 24
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