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Weekly Coverage Recap: Falcons at Cardinals

Posted Oct 26, 2013

Take a look at the Falcons' week of preparations as they head into their NFC showdown against the Cardinals, taking place this Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Monday

Head coach Mike Smith started the week with his weekly press conference Monday by speaking about the young players who earned snaps and saw extensive time in the team's win against the Buccanners on Sunday.

A must-see video from this week is Matt Ryan mic'd up during his 273-yard, three-touchdown game against the Bucs. For more from Sunday's win, check out our Cheerleader Gallery from the game and our Best of Gameday photos.

Tuesday

The Falcons took to the community Tuesday, visiting 13 different locations as the entire roster took part in the NFL's Hometown Huddle campain that encourages players to give back to the people in their communities.

One of the locations where a group of players spent their morning included Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta.

Several other players also visited the Ronald McDonald House in Atlanta to serve lunch, sign autographs and visit with kids.

DE Osi Umneyiora participated in his first Hometown Huddle event since joining the Falcons by visiting an elementary school and participating in physical activities. For pictures from the players out in the community, check out our Hometown Huddle photo gallery.

Wednesday

After missing four games with a hamstring injury, RB Steven Jackson said his leg is feeling much better and that he feels prepared to be able to successfully execute on the field.

WR Darius Johnson said being promoted from the practice squad to the Falcons roster over the weekend is a 'surreal' feeling that elevated his confidence, adding that he feels more than prepared to execute at the team's next game.

Although he used to go up against former teammate John Abraham in practice every day, offensive lineman Justin Blalock said it's going to be a different challenge facing him in an actual game setting in Arizona.

LB Akeem Dent said although he's happy to be back on the field after an ankle injury sat him out for a game, he was impressed with how the rookie linebackers stepped up in his absence.

Matt Ryan discussed how the Falcons are preparing for a formidable Cardinals defense, including former teammate John Abraham, who they'll face this Sunday in Arizona.

Wednesday practice's featured the return of Steven Jackson, but RB Jason Snelling, WR Roddy White and LB Stephen Nicholas sat out.

For key facts about the matchup, check out this week's Wing Tips. You can also become familiar with the Cardinals roster with our Know the Enemy photo gallery.

Thursday

TE Tony Gonzalez said it's no secret that the Falcons can't afford to lose any more games and that although it'll be a challenge, they have to win this weekend's road game. He also praised the team's backup players, saying that he's proud of the young offense for stepping up in place of injured players.

After Thursday's practice, Smith discussed the challenges the Falcons will face and the game plan they'll have to execute when they go up against a tough Cardinals defense. He also updated Steven Jackson's condition, saying that the running back has been progressing nicely through the workweek.

AtlantaFalcons.com's Jay Adams and Daniel Cox preview Sunday's game with the Cardinals and also discuss some weird autograph requests some of the Falcons have received during their careers in this week's FalconCast Podcast.

NFL Films previews the Week 8 matchup between the Falcons and Cardinals. This week's Behind Enemy Lines features former Falcon John Abraham, who will face his former teammates for the first time since joining Arizona.

This week, we explored the web and listed the Falcons' key starters with their projected fantasy football points for our Week 8 Falcons Fantasy Roundup.

Given that Matt Ryan was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, he was the focus of our Throwback Thursday photo gallery, where you can take a look back at his college career at Boston College.

Friday

With the team travelling to the west coast for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, this week's episode of D-Block features the best moments so far this season.

For this week's edition of What's Brewin', AtlantaFalcons.com's Wes Durham got to sit down and chat with Matt Ryan.

Thanks to your votes, Matt Ryan was named the NFL's Air Player of the Week for his performance in the Week 7 win over Tampa Bay.

Get a sneak peek at Steven Mariucci's interview with Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez, which will air this Sunday on "NFL GameDay Morning."

In this week's UPS Logisitics of the Game, Smith details his three biggest keys to a Falcons victory over the Cardinals, which brings us to the Week 8 Mission: Stop the Cardinals Pass Rush.

Although Roddy White, Jason Snelling and Stephen Nicholas will sit out, Steven Jackson is probable for Sunday's game, marking his return after sitting out since Week 2.

Make sure to keep an eye on these Sixteen Players to Watch during the NFC Showdown on Sunday, taking place at University of Phoenix Stadium and kicking off at 4:25 p.m.


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