Dan Quinn could be coaching for his job Sunday when the struggling Falcons try to right themselves at the expense of rookie quarterback Kyler Murray and the Cardinals.
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When: Sunday, October 13
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
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The Falcons are trying to avoid their first 1-5 start since losing six of their first seven in 2007. The struggles have put Quinn on the hot seat, especially after last Sunday’s 53-32 loss to the Texans.
Quarterback Matt Ryan has put up impressive numbers with 1,655 passing yards and 11 touchdowns, but he also is tied for second with seven interceptions. The Falcons have a minus-5 turnover margin and recorded just one takeaway in their last three games.
Another problem for the defense has been an inability to get off the field. Atlanta has allowed opponents to convert 56.5% of their third-down plays, which is tied for the second-highest mark in the league. That percentage skyrockets to 83.3% (25-for-30) on plays of five or fewer yards.
Meanwhile, Murray and the Cardinals (1-3-1) enter the game in high spirits after recording their first win under Kliff Kingsbury last Sunday. Arizona squandered a 14-point fourth-quarter lead before pulling out a 26-23 victory at Cincinnati.
The No. 1 overall pick directed a 6-play, 62-yard drive in the final two minutes, helping his cause with a 24-yard scramble to put the Cardinals in field goal range ahead of Zane Gonzalez’s 31-yard winning kick as time expired. Murray accounted for 346 total yards, including a season-high 93 on the ground, and has thrown for 1,324 yards and four TDs thus far.
However, the Cardinals' defense remains a work in progress. They have given up 284 yards per game through the air and 12 touchdowns without recording an interception. Overall, Arizona has yielded 27.6 points and 408 yards per game.
Atlanta has won three straight and nine of the last 11 games between the teams, including a 40-14 rout at home last season as Ryan threw for 231 yards and a pair of scores. The Cardinals, though, have won the last two matchups in Arizona.