NFL Capsule: Cardinals at Falcons

Associated Press Published: November 15, 2012
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ARIZONA (4-5) At ATLANTA (8-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE — Falcons by 10½

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Arizona 3-6; Atlanta 6-3

SERIES RECORD — Cardinals lead 15-11

AP PRO32 RANKING — Cardinals No. 21; Falcons No. 2

LAST MEETING — Falcons beat Cardinals 41-7, Sept. 19, 2010

LAST WEEK — Cardinals had bye; Falcons lost to Saints 31-27

CARDINALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (31) RUSH (32), PASS (20)

CARDINALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (24), PASS (2)

FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (26), PASS (4)

FALCONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (25), PASS (19)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Cardinals have lost five straight after 4-0 start. ... Falcons 29-1 when QB Matt Ryan has 100-plus quarterback rating, including 6-1 this season. Only loss came last week, when Ryan threw career-best 411 yards and three touchdowns against Saints. ... Atlanta's once potent-running game has dropped near bottom of league rankings, and really struggling in third-and-short situations. Last week, Michael Turner was held to 15 yards on 13 carries. ... Arizona has rookie starters at both offensive tackle positions: Seventh-round pick Jake Potter on left side, and fourth-round pick Bobby Massie on right. ... Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon has missed last two games with ankle injury. ... With Cardinals RB Beanie Wells still recovering from severe turf toe injury, league's worst running game manned by 5-foot-7 LaRod Stephens-Howling and 5-9 William Powell. ... Falcons 30-6 at Georgia Dome in Mike Smith's five seasons as coach. Only Baltimore (32) and New England (31) have more home wins during span. ... Atlanta released underperforming DE Ray Edwards, team's major free-agent signee from 2011. He had only nine tackles and no sacks.

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