Cardinals vs. Falcons: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info, Game Time and More

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIINovember 14, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 04:  Ray Edwards #93 of the Atlanta Falcons walks out during player introduction prior to facing the Dallas Cowboys at Georgia Dome on November 4, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Well, so much for that undefeated season.

The Atlanta Falcons suffered their first loss of the 2012 NFL season last week against the New Orleans Saints...just days after Roddy White said he thought the team could go undefeated.

Either way, the Falcons host the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11, in what the Falcons are hoping will be a game of redemption.

Matt Ryan, along with Atlanta's explosive offense, is looking to light up the scoreboard on Sunday to try to forget the embarrassing loss to the 4-5 Saints.

Speaking of being 4-5, the Cardinals are now officially below .500 this season after starting off 4-0. Currently riding a five-game slide, the Cards are looking to somehow right the ship against the 8-1 Falcons.

All I can say to Ken Whisenhunt and company is good luck.

Where: Georgia Dome

When: Sunday, October 18 at 1 p.m. ET

Watch: FOX

Live Stream:

Betting Line: Atlanta (-10), according to Bovada

Arizona Injury Report (via Yahoo! as of Nov. 13, 2012)

 Greg Toler CB Questionable Hamstring
 Adam Snyder G Out Quadriceps
 Anthony Sherman RB Probable Knee
 Kerry Rhodes S Questionable Back
 Mike Leach TE Probable Back
 Kevin Kolb QB Out Ribs
 Todd Heap TE Questionable Knee
 Jamell Fleming CB Probable Back
 Jim Dray TE Probable Knee
 Darnell Dockett DT Probable Hamstring
 D'Anthony Batiste T Probable Toe

Atlanta Injury Report (via Yahoo! as of Nov. 13, 2012)

 Jason Snelling RB Probable Illness
 Asante Samuel CB Probable Hip
 Harry Douglas WR Probable Ankle
 Sam Baker T Probable Ankle
 John Abraham DE Probable Elbow
 Christopher Owens CB Questionable Heel
 Robert McClain CB Questionable Hip
 Peria Jerry DT Questionable Knee
 Jonathan Babineaux DT Questionable Hamstring
 Sean Weatherspoon LB Out Ankle
 Charles Mitchell S Out Calf
 Kevin Cone WR Out Groin

What's At Stake?

Who would have thought that this game would have playoff implications for both sides when looking at the preseason schedule?

Nonetheless, The Cards are trying to claw their way back into the playoff race, and getting back to .500 would go a long way in that process.

At 4-5 they are currently one-and-a-half games back of the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks for the last wild-card spot in the NFC.

Arizona still has three of its six remaining games against divisional opponents, so it's not out. However, a loss on Sunday would essentially push the Cards out of playoff contention.

Atlanta, on the other hand, would be the No. 1 seed in the NFC if the season ended today, just one game ahead of the Chicago Bears. If the team improves to 9-1 it will move one step closer to the top seed in the playoffs and a first-round bye.

Fantasy Plays

Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald

It's an obvious one, but Fitzgerald is really the only player on the Cardinals I would even consider starting this week.

Atlanta ranked No. 19 in the league in pass defense, and we know that Arizona is going to go down early and throw the ball often.

He's clearly the best player on this team, and if Fitzgerald can find his way into the end zone on Sunday he should reward you nicely.

Atlanta QB Matt Ryan

The Falcons are going to be angry on Sunday after losing to the Saints, and they are going to come out firing.

The only way to shut the critics up is to prove that they're the best, and that means we will be seeing Atlanta showcasing its incredible passing attack on Sunday.

Matty Ice is developing into an elite quarterback, and he will have all of his weapons at his disposal on Sunday. Roddy White, Julio Jones and the revitalized Tony Gonzalez will be too much for the Cardinals to handle (especially with safety Kerry Rhodes listed as questionable).

Look for Ryan to have a huge day on Sunday.

What They Are Saying

The lead-up to Sunday's game is taking a backseat to last Sunday when the Falcons lost to the Saints. Days after the game the two teams are still going at it, this time over whether or not the Falcons intentionally disrupted the Saints' pregame warm-up.

Falcons won't discuss warm-up talk - ESPN: Bleacher ReportFalcons won't discuss warm-up talkESPNBefore Sunday's ...

— NFL Fans (@NFLFanz) November 13, 2012

Also, the Falcons have released defensive end Ray Edwards in preparation for this week's game.

The Falcons have released defensive end Ray Edwards:

— Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) November 13, 2012

It will be interesting to see if Edwards is missed on Sunday.

Key Matchup: Falcons Pass Offense vs. Cardinals Secondary

Believe it or not, the Cardinals still have a great pass defense, ranking second in the league by allowing just 194.6 yards per game through the air.

However, with starting safety Kerry Rhodes potentially missing the game and the Falcons bringing the No. 4 pass attack in the league on Sunday, it will be interesting to see which side will win this vital battle.

The Cardinals have snagged nine interceptions this season, and will look to tack on a few more on Sunday. The biggest matchup on the field will likely be between Patrick Peterson and Roddy White.


The Falcons are angry after a loss and usually bounce back after losses under head coach Mike Smith. I see Atlanta wanting to punish the Cardinals, and it will do so on the field.

Falcons 31, Cardinals 17


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