Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/12/12
Arizona at Atlanta Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, at Georgia Dome, Atlanta - TV: FOX; DirecTV: 704 *TV announcers: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa *Keys to the game: Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton admits he has called a more conservative game plan during the first half of games as he keeps field position in mind. But with Arizona's offense struggling to score points during the team's five-game losing streak, Horton is expected to come out of the bye week with a more aggressive approach from the opening snap. That could lead to plenty of big plays in both directions. Falcons WRs Julio Jones and Roddy White will likely see significant man coverage as the Cardinals send rushers after QB Matt Ryan. The question becomes whether Arizona gets to Ryan before he finds one of his two stud wideouts gaining separation. The Cardinals' offense has suffered from a one-two punch of a poor running game exposing its weak pass protection. Arizona is minus its top two running backs and unlikely to do much damage on the ground. That puts an enormous burden on QB John Skelton behind extremely shaky pass protection. *Matchup to watch - Cardinals TE Rob Housler vs. Falcons pass defense: With Todd Heap battling yet another injury, Housler has emerged as a consistent receiver who is third on the team with 24 receptions. He's no Jimmy Graham, who caught seven passes for 146 yards and a pair of scores against New Orleans last week. But that film can serve as a blueprint for Arizona to complement its toothless ground game with underneath passes to Housler and Jeff King to keep drives alive. *Player spotlight - Cardinals OT Nate Potter: A seventh-round pick out of Boise State, Potter was too raw to be a viable option coming out of training camp. But with the tackles struggling mightily on both sides, Potter is expected to start in place of LT D'Anthony Batiste. *Fast facts: The Cardinals held their opponents to a 27.2 touchdown percentage inside the red zone during their 4-0 start. That number has blown up to 66.6 during the team's five-game losing streak. ... Falcons RB Michael Turner has rushed for 3.0 yards per carry or less in five of nine games this season. WHO WILL WIN AND WHY The Falcons' 4-0 home record this season has come by a combined 17 points. With the Cardinals' inept offense ill equipped to play from behind, Atlanta doubles that total in one game. *Our pick: Falcons 33-16
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Auburn legend Bo Jackson using Heisman vote for Alabama star

Gronk: Tom Brady doesn't age, seems like he's in his 20s

Cam Newton says Greg Hardy was a 'great teammate'

Ohio State plans to end Mirror Lake jump tradition after death

WATCH: Jason Kidd ejected for swiping ball out of ref's hands

Brad Stevens: Celtics had 'real conversations' after loss to Hawks


Les Miles unsure about his future at LSU

Saban will not rule out Kenyan Drake for Iron Bowl

Andre Drummond responds to Khris Middleton saying he doesn’t like contact

Lacking Jazz: Why Utah’s offense has struggled this season

Magic to bench Victor Oladipo, start Channing Frye

10 unheralded NFL players set to make a major impact in Week 12

LeBron James, James Jones lead players-only meeting after loss

Brady: Few have more respect for Peyton Manning than me

WATCH: Marcus Foligno flips Carter Hutton

Blaine Gabbert was only person at his press conference

Report: Alabama DC Kirby Smart a front-runner for South Carolina job

Kristaps Porzingis really wants to meet Turtle from ‘Entourage’

Top storyline for each Week 12 NFL game

WATCH: Ref injures Yakupov's leg by pulling him down

Ryan Fitzpatrick shaves beard to ‘switch up the mojo’

Bedlam is bigger than ever, but which team will be better than ever?

5 outrageous predictions for Week 12 of the NFL season

How the Detroit Lions became the face of football on Thanksgiving Day

The 10 most disappointed fan bases of the 2015 college football season

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top storyline for each Week 12 NFL game

Top 10 matchups for Week 12 of the NFL season

The 10 most disappointed fan bases of the 2015 CFB season

Gronk: Takes mental toughness not to overeat on Thanksgiving

Blue Jays fans create website in effort to keep David Price

The five most overrated teams in the Week 13 coaches' poll

10 storylines for Week 13 of the college football season

Ranking the 10 best games of 2015 college football rivalry week

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker