The Arizona Cardinals are seeking to improve to 10-2 against the Atlanta Falcons after falling back to Earth against the Seattle Seahawks.
Seahawks beat Cardinals – Seattle Seahawks defeat Arizona Cardinals, 19-3
Browns stun Falcons – Cleveland Browns stun Atlanta Falcons, 26-24
Larry Fitzgerald injury – Cardinals wide receiver to sit out with MCL sprain
The Atlanta Falcons have a 4-7 record, but they are still in first place in the NFC South, which may be the weakest division in NFL history.
The NFL has witnessed a losing team reaching the playoffs when the 2010 Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West with a 7-9 record, but the NFC South champion may sneak in with a 6-10 record.
The Falcons were on their way to winning their third consecutive game, but head coach Mike Smith inexplicably called a timeout with 44 seconds left to give the Cleveland Browns a chance to kick the game-winning field goal to win, 26-24.
Quarterback Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes against one interception and ultimately put his team in position to win, but the defense allowed key plays from the Browns offense.
The Falcons running game continued to sputter as Steven Jackson led the team with 34 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals looked human again as they lost, 19-3, to the Seattle Seahawks on the road. Quarterback Drew Stanton was held to 149 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.
Running back Andre Ellington only rushed for 24 yards on 10 carries, but the defense shined with seven sacks. Defensive end Calais Campbell came up with three of those sacks.
The Cardinals defense will have a weak Falcons offensive line to take advantage of.
Prediction: Cardinals 24, Falcons 14