STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Teams met in 2017 preseason in first game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Arizona won 24-14. … Cardinals have lost four of last five. Falcons have lost five straight. Falcons assured of first losing season since 2014. … Cardinals signed DT Vincent Valentine off Seattle’s practice squad this week after placing DT Robert Nkemdiche (knee) on injured reserve. Valentine spent month on Arizona practice squad this season. … Cardinals also placed LB Thurston Armbrister (hamstring) on IR. … Cardinals rank last in NFL in scoring (13.7), passing and total yards. … QB Josh Rosen completed career-high 26 passes last week. … WR Trent Sherfield had career-high five catches, 77 yards last week. … DE Chandler Jones has 12 sacks, tied for second most in NFC. Jones leads NFL with 40 sacks since 2016. … Antoine Bethea leads NFL safeties with 105 tackles. … Cardinals started five rookies on offense last week. … Falcons playing final home game of season. … Falcons RB Ito Smith second among NFC rookies with four rushing TDs. … Rookie WR Calvin Ridley has six TD catches in seven home games. … Falcons topped 100 yards rushing last week for only third time this season. … QB Matt Ryan has passed for 630 yards and four TDs in last two games against Cardinals. Ryan passed for 262 yards, three TDs last week. … Fantasy tip: After being held without TD catch in first seven games, Julio Jones has five in last six games. Jones leads NFL with 1,429 yards receiving and has topped 100 yards in nine games. Jones is must-start WR, even against Cardinals’ tough pass defense which held Lions QB Matthew Stafford to 101 yards passing last week.
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