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Weekly Coverage Recap: Falcons vs. Rams

Posted Sep 14, 2013

Take a look back at the Falcons' week of preparations as they head into their home opener against the Rams this Sunday.

Monday

Head coach Mike Smith held a press conference to start the week off and said that although there were issues during the Falcons' loss to New Orleans, there were plenty of positives and that the loss wasn't due to a lack of effort. He also added that the team plans to move on quickly and is now focused on their Sunday matchup against the Rams.

Rookie cornerback Robert Alford expressed the same as Smith, saying that despite the team's troubles, there were plenty of positives to point out.

Center Peter Konz said he realizes there is pressure on the offensive line but they are planning to embrace it so they can continue to keep working together and improving.

The Falcons fell in the Power Rankings this week because of their loss to the Saints, but experts believe the team will bounce back.

Tuesday

The players on the team aren't the only ones preparing for Sunday's home opener - the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders are gearing up as well. See them show off their spirit in their gear themed gallery here.

The Rookie Club community season also got started this week, which included Tuesday's event of rookies and vets teaming up at Georgia Mountain Food Bank for a pack-a-thon to help UnitedHealthcare help fight elderly hunger.

Wednesday

Quarterback Matt Ryan is looking forward to the Falcons' matchup against the Rams on Sunday, saying that the team has already learned from their mistakes and moved on from their Week 1 loss.

Running back Steven Jackson will face his former teammates on Sunday, and although he's excited to play against his former team of nine years, he's planning on treating it as any other game.

Although coach Smith didn't go into specifics about the players on the injury report, he did say that Roddy White's week will go much like last week did. This means he will have limited participation at practice during the week, but will most likely play in Sunday's game. Click here to view the official injury report.

For some key facts about the Falcons' matchup against the Rams, view this week's Wing Tips here. Also check out Five Things We Learned and Wednesday's practice photo gallery.

The Falcons also announced Wednesday that Gerald Riggs, the team's all-time leading rusher, would be the newest member inducted into the Ring of Honor.

Thursday

Safety William Moore realizes the Falcons have to face yet another tough tight end in the Rams' Jared Cook, but says that's what they've been preparing for and that they feel ready.

Safety Thomas DeCoud said the Falcons always feel a sense of urgency going into every game week despite the score the week before, adding that the team is focused on the details as they prepare for the Rams.

Given how much the Saints' defense took advantage of rule changes that allowed the secondary to be more physical, tight end Tony Gonzalez said he's making adjustments to be ready to face it again this week.

In this week's FalconCast, AtlantaFalcons.com's Jay Adams and Daniel Cox break down the Week 1 loss to the Saints and talk about what to expect heading into the home opener.

Although Julio Jones didn't practice on Wednesday, the wide receiver was upgraded to limited participation on Thursday. For more from the team's practice on Thursday, read Five Things We Learned and view that day's practice gallery.

For a fun ready, also check out five things Akeem Dent thinks you should know about his teammates and  Behind the Facemask, which features Corey Peters this week.

Friday

D-Block once again didn't disappoint, as the linebackers invited another newcomer this week. For this episode, they have Steven Jackson sit in to talk about some non-football related topics, like the running back's world travels, and also the excitement of playing his former teammates on Sunday.

NFL Films previews the Week 2 matchup between the Falcons and Rams as both teams look to get a streak going. For some facts about the storied history between the two teams, check out this week's Time Machine.

Coach Smith talked about the Rams' defensive ends, Chris Long and Robert Quinn, and the challenge that they may present the offense. This brings this week's mission, which is to stop the Rams' D-Line.

The injury report released Friday showed that six players remain questionable to play on Sunday. This includes wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, cornerback Asante Samuel, defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, offensive tackle Sam Baker and lineabcker Sean Weatherspoon.

Despite some key players who might sit out Sunday, the team has been preparing all week to be able to start a new streak by posting a win this weekend. The Falcons and Rams face off in the Georgia Dome on Sunday, with kickoff set for 1 p.m.