Atlanta Falcons: 3 Bold predictions vs. Cardinals, Week 6

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 26: Matt Ryan (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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2. Atlanta running game will kick it up a notch

Another bold prediction that will take place for the Atlanta Falcons in their Week 6 showdown against the Arizona Cardinals is that the running game will take things up a notch in the contest. So far this season through five weeks, the Falcons running game hasn’t been a strong point for the struggling Atlanta team coming into the sixth week of action.

Entering Week 6, the Falcons have averaged 67.6 rushing yards per game on the ground, which ranks 28th in the NFL. They have also tallied a total of two rushing touchdowns through five weeks, which is tied for the sixth-worst mark in the league.

On Sunday against Arizona, however, Atlanta will have an opportunity to assist its potent passing game by taking things up a notch on the ground and within the running game. Along with being one of the worst defenses in the league in trying to stop the pass against their opponents, the Cardinals defense also features one of the worst running defensive units in the NFL through five weeks.

Through those five games, Arizona’s defense has allowed opponents to rush for a total of 694 yards on the ground, which ranks sixth-worst in the NFL. Opponents have also averaged 138.8 rushing yards per game against the Cardinals defense, which once again ranks sixth-worst in the league.

Arizona has managed to hold opponents out of the endzone within the running game, however, allowing the opposition to tally a rushing touchdown just twice through five contests.

Along with keeping an eye on Atlanta’s passing game on Sunday afternoon in Arizona, it will be interesting to see if the Falcons are able to pick up their running game to help balance the offense en route to picking up a much-needed win away from home.