Closer look at Falcons at Cardinals

October 26, 2013 

ATLANTA (2-4) at ARIZONA (3-4)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Fox, WIOL-FM 95.7

Opening line: Cardinals by 2½

Record vs. the spread: Atlanta 2-4, Arizona 4-3

Series record: Cardinals lead 14-12

Last meeting: Falcons won 23-19, Nov. 18, 2012

Last week: Falcons beat Buccaneers 31-23; Cardinals lost to Seahawks 34-22

Streaks, stats, notes: Atlanta WR Harry Douglas had seven catches for career-high 149 yards last week against Tampa Bay. ... Atlanta's Matt Ryan was NFC offensive player of week after completing 20 of 26 for 273 yards and three touchdowns and career-best 148.4 QB rating against Buccaneers. ... Last time Falcons played in Arizona, Cardinals beat them 30-24 in first-round playoff game in 2009. Arizona went on to Super Bowl. ... Ryan threw career-high five interceptions with no TDs in last season's victory over Cardinals. He's thrown three in six games this year. ... Atlanta is 0-2 on road this season, Arizona is 2-1 at home. ... Falcons have allowed nine sacks, tied for best in NFL. ... Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez has caught pass in 201 consecutive games; Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald has 140-game receptions streak. ... If Fitzgerald catches four passes Sunday, he will be youngest player with 800 career receptions at 30 years, 57 days. ... Fitzgerald has caught TD pass against every NFC team except Atlanta. ... Arizona OLB John Abraham had two sacks last week against Seattle, giving him 124 for career, most among active player. Abraham is Atlanta's career sacks leader with 68½ from 2006-2012. ... Abraham had two forced fumbles against Seattle, giving him 46 for career, also most among active players. ... Arizona QB Carson Palmer needs one TD pass for 200 in career. ... Palmer's 13 interceptions are second most in NFL. He has thrown at least two interceptions in each of last five games. ... Cardinals opponents have 15 turnovers, tied for fourth most in NFL. Cardinals have committed 17 turnovers, second most in league. ... Atlanta has committed just seven turnovers, tied for second fewest in NFL, but Falcons have only five takeaways, tied for second worst in the NFL.

-- Associated Press

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