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Weekly Coverage Recap: Falcons at Packers

Posted Dec 7, 2013

Take a look at our entire coverage from the past week as the Falcons prepared for their Week 14 matchup against the Packers.

Monday

The Falcons may be eliminated from postseason contention this year, but head coach Mike Smith said after the win over Buffalo that the team is looking to put together a solid effort in the remaining games on the schedule.

Rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant set a Falcons record on defense Sunday, as his 14 pass deflection this season are the most by a Falcons rookie in a single season.

PHOTOS: The Digital Media staff for the Atlanta Falcons meets every Monday morning to discuss the potential storylines for the upcoming game. Here are the items the staff is looking to cover this week.

Tuesday

RB Steven Jackson surprised Shiloh Point Elementary to lead children in fitness activities as part of NFL's Play 60 campaign, as well as presenting the school with a $10,000 grant for health and wellness equipment.

The latest depth chart had some changes to it, including Peter Konz being listed as the started at right guard. You can view the unofficial depth chart here.

Wednesday

Although rookie Robert Alford's risky lateral paid off against the Bills on Sunday, the cornerback made sure to use film from the win to focus on improving his technque and execution.

QB Matt Ryan said identification and communication are his two big keys to a Falcons victory against the Packers on Sunday.

RB Steven Jackson said the key to the Falcons' running game against the Packers is to control the tempo of the game and making sure to capitalize on any opportunities.

Head coach Mike Smith said the Falcons are putting much of their focus on how they'll take on the Packers' running game Sunday, specifically their strong back Eddie Lacy.

Harry Douglas said his outstanding season is somewhat bittersweet because he had to step up in place of fellow wide receviers Roddy White and Julio Jones, whom he calls his brothers and biggest supporters. Douglas also gave an update on Jones, who was placed on injured reserve in October, saying that he's handling his injury with maturity.

LB Sean Weatherspoon said the Falcons have to take the positives from their Week 13 win and quickly shift their focus on getting another win in Week 14 against the Packers.

Coming off a win widely influenced by two big turnovers, CB Robert McClain said he hopes the Falcons can continue to make those types of plays as they can determine the outcome of a game.

Take a look at some key facts regarding the Falcons' Week 14 matchup against Green Bay in this week's Wing Tips.

Thursday

WR Roddy white said that he continues to feel more healthy and therefore plays better with each week that comes.

White had his best game in Week 13 against the Buffalo Bills as he collected 10 catches for 143 yards, making him your State Farm Player of the Week.

AtlantaFalcons.com's Jay Adams and Daniel Cox saw a lot of things in this Falcons team against the Bills they'd like to see again and they discuss the points in this week's FalconCast podcast.

RB Antone Smith doesn't categorize himself at one specific position and instead is ready to perform in all facets of the game.

DE Osi Umenyiora said the Falcons defensive line is prepared for any Packers quarterback they face Sunday, whether it's Aaron Rodgers or Matt Flynn.

S William Moore said that he wants the Falcons to get on a winning streak so that they can finish the season on top.

TE Tony Gonzalez said he liked the type of effort the Falcons have been showing their past games and hopes the team can continue to fight their way to more wins.

Joe Hawley on-field persona is one that embodies toughness and intensity, something he hopes will be contagious and spreads to his teammates. We also went Behind the Facemask with the offensive lineman, where he fills you on his secret hobby, his hidden talent and why he refuses to shave.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and linebacker Cliff Matthews spoke to the Atlanta media this week, and Matthews had a lot to say about how similar Green Bay's and Atlanta's seasons have been.

LB Paul Worrilow spoke about how the return of Sean Weatherspoon has positively influenced him because of the great energy level and communication he brings to the defense.

Friday

With the SEC Championship around the corner, former Missouri Tiger and D-Block member Sean Weatherspoon invited the locker room's lone Auburn Tiger, Josh Harris, to the milk crates to talk some college football.

The Falcons have spoken about him all week, so it's clear that the Week 14 mission is to stop Packers running back Eddie Lacy. Another challenge Atlanta will have to face is the cold weather in Green Bay, which the kickers have been trying to prepare for all week.

Tony Gonzalez and his fellow tight ends were on hand to provide support to underserved children as they got free dental screenings and treatments after Friday's practice.

PHOTOS: The Falcons hit the road for the second consecutive week, heading to Wisconsin for a matchup with the Packers. Take a look at players to watch for from both teams.

Kickoff at Lambeau Field for the Falcons' and Packers' Week 14 matchup on Sunday is set for 1:00 p.m.


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