Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons NFL Betting Picks and Odds

NFL OddsThe sports wagering websites were curious as to how the decision to make Derek Anderson the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals would work out for the team. The NFL betting world remembers Anderson as the quarterback that nearly took the Browns to the playoffs in 2007 and made it to the Pro Bowl that year.

But since 2007, Anderson seems to have lost his touch as an NFL quarterback. The man with the rocket arm uses that rocket arm for 50-yard passes and 5-yard passes. His accuracy has been suspect, and his decision-making has been questionable. He had enough talent to beat out Matt Leinart for the starting job in Arizona, but that does not mean that Anderson has re-gained his Pro Bowl abilities.

The Atlanta Falcons are still fuming after their overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in week one. Quarterback Matt Ryan seemed to make the transition from being a part of NCAA football betting results to the pro game easily in his rookie year. Ryan even managed to avoid the sophomore slump last season by having a decent year. But something seemed to slip between Ryan’s first and second year, and now that slip seems to be happening again in 2010.

The Cardinals won their opening game of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals more based on the mistakes made by St. Louis rookie quarterback Sam Bradford than on anything the Cardinals did. Bradford did throw for 253 yards in his NFL debut, but he also threw three interceptions as well. Each interception gave the Cardinals good field position, and each interception was the result of a poorly thrown ball.

The online football betting experts expect Sam Bradford to improve. For everything that Bradford did wrong in his debut, he did show signs of progress. Derek Anderson made many of the same mistakes in the Cardinals’ opening game that he made all preseason. The Cardinals defense held the team in their opening game and allowed Anderson and the offense to make the plays they needed to barely win the game.

The Falcons defense really only made one glaring mistake in their opening game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately for Atlanta, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall took that one mistake to the endzone for the game winning touchdown in overtime. Luckily for the Falcons they are not playing an offense like the Steelers in this game.

The thing that will help the Falcons secondary is Anderson’s accuracy problems. Arizona wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston would be a threat to any defense if they had a quarterback that could get the ball to them.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan will be looking to get back on track in this game against the Cardinals. He still has a potent offense around him that should be able to put points on the board against the Arizona defense. Atlanta running back Michael Turner will also be looking to put up more than 42 rushing yards this week, which is what the Steelers held him to in the opening game.

Pick: Atlanta Falcons 35-23

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