The 4-5 Arizona Cardinals will travel to the Georgia Dome this Sunday to face the Atlanta Falcons. The game will kickoff at 1 PM ET. Atlanta comes into the game with one of the best record in the league at 8-1. Arizona, on the other hand, has lost 5 straight after a 4 game winning streak to start the season. Obviously these are two teams going in two directions that are totally opposite of one another. Arizona can only hope to stay in the running for the playoffs by getting back to .500 on the year.
Arizona will have to overcome a dreadful offensive line to do so. They have easily given up the most sacks in the NFL and can not give any quarterback time to throw. This has resulted in injuries to both Kolb and Skelton at the QB position. Last week, Arizona was on their bye week which was much needed. The week prior, they lost to the Packers 31-17. Perhaps the break is all they needed to start another winning streak, but I doubt it.
Atlanta is coming off their first loss after falling to the Saints 31-27 last week. The team traded blows with the Saints throughout, but in the end just fell short. Matty “ice” Ryan got a chance or two down the stretch to drive his team to victory in the 4th, but failed to do so in the end. The Saints had been getting hot lately, but the loss is certainly on the mind of a Falcons team that feels it is Super Bowl or bust this season. If that is the case, then there is no way they can fall to Atlanta this week.